Who We Are
Founded in 1924 by immigrant Greek families, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is a community that seeks to live the fullness of the Orthodox Faith and proclaim the Gospel in Tacoma, WA, through worship, fellowship, ministry, and embracing our Greek cultural heritage. While we honor our Hellenic roots, we welcome all individuals seeking salvation for their souls, regardless of ethnicity or background. Our community includes lifelong Orthodox Christians, as well individuals who have chosen to join the Orthodox ChucThrough the divine services, ministries, and community activities, St. Nicholas provides healing, refuge, and hope for all who enter its doors.
The mission of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is to proclaim and teach the Gospel in accordance with the Orthodox Faith; sanctify the faithful through God's grace in worship, the Divine Liturgy, and other sacraments; enhance parishioners' spiritual life; and add to the faithful by receiving individuals into the Church through instruction, baptism, and/or chrismation.
About Our Priest
Fr. Seraphim Majmudar, Parish Priest
Fr Seraphim's parents immigrated from India to the United States in the early 1960's, and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fr Seraphim was born in 1971, and was raised as a Hindu in the East Bay suburb of Concord, California. He was a swimmer, water polo player and soccer player for most of his youth & adolescence, and attended UC Santa Barbara in the early 1990's, majoring in Religious Studies.
On his trips to India over the years, he witnessed terrible poverty and suffering. One evening, as he was about to sit down to an incredible meal with his Indian relatives, he smelled smoke from a dung fire just outside the window. Below, he saw a little boy of the same age, whose mother was desperately cooking a few spoonfuls of rice in the dirty lot adjacent to the house. The boy saw him and begged for some of the food from the table inside...and Fr Seraphim's heart broke and never recovered.
This experience, and others like it, drove him to ask whether there was a God, and if so, was He one of the Hindu gods, or something else? As a result of his studies at UCSB, he eventually concluded that there are only two options: either there is no God and this world is random, or there is a Creator-God who took personal responsibility for human misery. This led to a series of profound experiences which culminated in Fr Seraphim realizing, by God's power, that Jesus Christ is in fact the true God, and that He did take the sum total of human misery upon Himself at the Cross, and triumphed over it through His Resurrection.
From there, Fr Seraphim searched for a church home, visiting many denominations, until one day, on a skateboard in Isla Vista, he saw an icon with a candle through a window of a building. Making a U-turn, he walked into the building and instantly knew he was home: it was St Athanasius Orthodox Church, home of the well known group of Protestants who found Orthodoxy. Among the clergy there were some of the core leaders of that movement: Fr Peter Gilquist, Fr Jon Braun, Fr Jack Sparks, Fr Richard Ballew and others. About a year later, Fr Seraphim was received into the Orthdox Church on Holy Saturday, 1993.
After completing his Master's degree, he moved back to the Bay Area, where he was a teacher at Ss Peter & Paul Academy in Ben Lomond, California. There he met and instantly fell in love with his future bride, Sophie Sethre, and they were married in 1997. They now have five children.
Fr Seraphim was ordained to the diaconate and holy priesthood in the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem in 2000. He served in California until 2005 when the family headed to Pennsylvania to attend St Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 2008.
After seminary, the family moved to the beautiful island of Cyprus, where he served under His Eminence, Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol, serving the beloved sisters of Panagia Amasgous Monastery in Monagri.
The family returned to the United States in 2009. His Eminence, Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco assigned Fr Seraphim to the holy church of Saint Nicholas in Tacoma, Washington, where he continues to serve as the presiding priest.
Glory to God for all things!
Our Patron Saint
St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
St. Nicholas lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, and reposed in 330, As a young man, he desired to espouse the solitary life. He made a pilgrimage to the holy city Jerusalem, where he found a place to withdraw to devote himself to prayer. It was made known to him, however, that this was not the will of God for him, but that he should return to his homeland to be a cause of salvation for many. He returned to Myra, and was ordained bishop. He became known for his abundant mercy, providing for the poor and needy, and delivering those who had been unjustly accused. No less was he known for his zeal for the truth. He was present at the First Ecumenical Council of the 318 Fathers at Nicaea in 325; upon hearing the blasphemies that Arius brazenly uttered against the Son of God, Saint Nicholas struck him on the face. Since the canons of the Church forbid the clergy to strike any man at all, his fellow bishops were in perplexity what disciplinary action was to be taken against this hierarch whom all revered. In the night our Lord Jesus Christ and our Lady Theotokos appeared to certain of the bishops, informing them that no action was to be taken against him, since he had acted not out of passion, but extreme love and piety. The Dismissal Hymn for holy hierarchs, The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock ... was written originally for Saint Nicholas. He is the patron of all travelers, and of sea-farers in particular; he is one of the best known and best loved Saints of all time.
Apolytikion (Fourth Mode)
A canon of faith and an icon of gentleness, a teacher of temperance you were shown to your flock to be by the truth in all your deeds, and by your own great humility you have achieved exaltation and from poverty great riches. Father Hierarch Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.