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(St. Brendan the Navigator)
(St. Brendan the Navigator)
(Orthodox Church in America home site) 
(Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of the West) 
(Orthodox Information Center – articles and links) 
(Daily saints from Prologue of Ochrid; click calendar date at left of page to see reading for that date)
(Elder Ephraim's monastery in Arizona)  
(Frederica Mathewes-Green website)

End of Life

There is much for a person or family to do to prepare for death and burial. In addition to receiving counsel from one’s priest, it is imperative that adults prepare for their repose so that they may receive health care and a funeral in accordance with their wishes and Orthodox Christian belief. Also, specific instructions for making health care decisions, known as Advance Directives, should be completed. It is very important to designate a legal Power of Attorney for all business and financial matters. When one’s family is not Orthodox, the desire for an Orthodox funeral should be specified in writing with copies of these instructions given to the parish priest, family members and attorney. Once completed, a file with all of the documents that have been prepared including but not limited to Advance Directives, funeral plans, Will, and any other estate related forms, should be kept in a place that may be easily accessed by your family or designated trustee at the time of death. This file should include telephone numbers of your parish priest, health care provider, attorney, family members, and the funeral home and cemetery you have chosen to provide burial services. 


The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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St. Brendan Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of The West, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Astoria and the local area. 

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The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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Saint Brendan the Navigator Orthodox Church
820 Alameda Avenue (Mailing: PO Box 393)
Astoria, OR 97103

Phone: ‭(503) 467-8360‬