A personal welcome…
Welcome to Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Tacoma Washington. We pray that your visit will be a source of blessing for you. Though our manner of Christian worship is centuries old, most Americans find it a bit different at first — but watch and listen, and the timeless beauty of heavenly, eternal worship will begin to reveal itself to you. Please, when you visit, don't worry about "doing the right thing;" we count it a sin to judge others while we pray (Luke 18:10-14). As you will see, we do like to stand in the presence of God, but if you need to sit, please do so! While the worship of the Holy Trinity is the very heart and foundation of our community and faith, we also find encouragement in fellowship with one another through our various parish activities. You will find that we simply enjoy being with each other!
We are one of the oldest Orthodox Christian communities in the United States, and the first to use English exclusively in Washington. Having outgrown historic Holy Trinity church in Wilkeson, we have moved into our new home southeast of Tacoma city limits. Here, amidst ten beautiful acres of field and forest, we have built and have had to enlarge preliminary buildings as we grow and welcome more people to our faith. There is no hiding the fact that we are very excited to be a part of one of the fastest-growing faiths in North America, while at the same time a part of the oldest Christian Church in the world. Most of us were new visitors once, and most of us are converts to Orthodox Christianity!
Whether you spend a morning, an evening or a lifetime, you will at least have come away with the experience of how, for centuries, countless millions of Christians have worshiped the Most Holy Trinity throughout Eastern Europe and lands around the eastern Mediterranean. It is a way shaped by the churches of Jerusalem, Antioch and Constantinople, a way inspired by Kiev and Moscow: now it is our turn in Pierce County, Washington, and we would be blessed to have you be a part of it!
God bless you!
The Clergy and Faithful of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
The Week at a Glance
|Saturday, April 29th|
Vespers 6:30 PM
|Sunday, April 30th|
Hours 9:15 AM
Liturgy 9:30 AM
|Wednesday, May 3rd|
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Sunday, April 16
A little before midnight on the Blessed Sabbath the Nocturne service is chanted. The celebrant goes to the tomb and removes the winding-sheet. He carries it through the royal doors and places it on the altar table where it remains for forty days until the day of Ascension.
At midnight the Easter procession begins. The people leave the church building singing:
"Thy Resurrection, O Christ our Savior, the angels in heaven sing. Enable us on earth to glorifyThee in purity of heart."
The procession circles the church building and returns to the closed doors of the front of the church. This procession of the Christians on Easter night recalls the original baptismal procession from the darkness and death of this world to the light and the life of the Kingdom of God. It is the procession of the holy passover, from death unto life, from earth unto heaven, from this age to the age to come which will never end. Read more…
English and Russian Guides to Holy Week and Pascha
A schedule and guide to all the services, meals and fellowship for Holy Week and Pascha (Easter) in our parish may be downloaded here.
A Russian language schedule of our services may be down loaded as well: РАСПИСАНИЕ ПАСХА 2017
Parishes of the Diocese of the West will be taking a lenten collection for Project Mexico this year. Our parish will participate, and will have a special collection container in the back of the church for your contributions to Project Mexico. Please be generous and help this organization that builds simple homes for families in greatest need in Mexico.
An introduction to the Orthodox faith is taught most Saturday afternoons at 5:00 p.m. Please check our calendar, and see what is being taught on the class syllabus, here.
The Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon on the Great and Holy Pascha 2017
To the Venerable Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, Distinguished Stewards, and the entire family of the Orthodox Church in America:
CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!
The radiant day of the Resurrection of Christ has dawned and our Paschal celebrations have bathed us in the glorious light of renewal and regeneration. Today is a completely new day, a day which began when the divine brilliance pierced and dispelled the darkness of Hades and ended with the remarkable explosion which took place when Eternal Life crushed death and corruption.
On this new and bright day, our faith is renewed along with that of the Myrrhbearing Women standing by the open tomb; our hope is confirmed along with that of the Apostles on the road to Emmaus; and our love is strengthened along with that of the Mother of God who remained ever at the side of her Son. Even if we count ourselves among the numbers of those who previously denied or deserted the crucified Lord, such hesitation or shame cannot withstand the force of the new life of this day.
We know too well that there is no human being who lives and yet does not sin, and the consequences of the Fall are reflected in a world overshadowed by war, terrorism, and human misery. Nevertheless, this dark reality loses its hold on us today because we have tasted of the new drink from the fountain of incorruption which fills us with spiritual courage and divine hope.
This courage and hope are not simply fleeting emotions of the moment but rather an experience of the life of the risen Lord Who fills our hearts with such joy that every day and every moment of our existence we can sing paschal hymns such as this:
How divine! How beloved!
How sweet is Thy voice, O Christ!
For Thou hast faithfully promised to be with us
To the end of the world.
Having this as our Anchor of Hope.
We the faithful rejoice.
With my archpastoral blessing and love in the Risen Lord,
Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada
HOLY PASCHA 2017
To the Reverend Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of the West
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
These words, so full of joy and hope, ring out as we celebrate once again the Mystery of the Passion and the Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Annually, we face the long and arduous journey of Great Lent, struggling with our sins and passions, fasting to gain control over such things, repenting of those sins and trying to be mindful of the things of God instead of the usual, mundane trifles of our daily lives. Then we “seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.”
As with all the celebrations of the Church, we do not gather to simply remember events. We gather to mystically enter into those events. So before we experience the full joy of the Resurrection, we enter into Jerusalem with Jesus, spreading the garments of our souls before Him as He receives the shouts of “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” We then travel back and forth to Bethany with Him as He slowly but surely moves towards the Passion. We hear the condemnations of the Pharisees. We hear the parables of the Kingdom. We close the door to the upper room and witness the First (and Last) Supper, marveling that He chooses to feed us with Himself. We hear the various Gospel narratives of Gethsemane, the arrest, the trial, and finally the execution order. We stand at the foot of the Cross with John and the women. We help Joseph and Nicodemus carefully bury the Body of the Lord. And we descend into Sheol with Him as He shatters the gates of hell itself in that “active repose” of the Blessed Sabbath. Finally, we come to the empty tomb to witness the Resurrection of the Lord. We enter into it all.
Jesus didn’t die so He could be resurrected. He died so that each and every one of us could be resurrected. By accepting that great and most holy of gifts, we promise to live a resurrected life. How do we do that? Paradoxically (or not!), we begin the resurrected life by dying. Just as Pascha cannot happen without Holy Friday and Golgotha, Great Lent has been a small experience of that — dying to ourselves in a personal “Golgotha” so we might live a life that is not of this world even though we are in the world. The fasting, prayer and repentance are all a death and a resurrection: a death to the things of this world and a resurrection to the things of the Kingdom. Only a redeemed, forgiven and resurrected being can share in that.
But something is different. Just as new beings rise from the waters of baptism, we are not the same beings we were at the beginning of this lenten effort. We have experienced the Resurrection of Christ. So we go back into the world armed with a new reality. We don’t have to be — indeed, we can’t be — the persons we were just a few weeks ago, not to mention a few years ago. The emotional joy of the Feast will fade, but the spiritual joy lasts forever. We live in a continual state of growth in the knowledge of God, His Son and Spirit, and the redemption given to us in the Resurrection.
We have been to Golgotha. Let’s all make sure we travel to the Empty Tomb. Daily.
Yours in the risen Christ,
Archbishop of San Francisco and the Diocese of the West
12 Things I Wish I’d Known - by Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green
Orthodox worship is different! Some of these differences are apparent, if perplexing, from the first moment you walk in a church. Others become noticeable only over time. Here is some information that may help you feel more at home in Orthodox worship—twelve things I wish I’d known before my first visit to an Orthodox church.
1. What’s all this commotion?
During the early part of the service the church may seem to be in a hubbub, with people walking up to the front of the church, praying in front of the iconostasis (the standing icons in front of the altar), kissing things and lighting candles, even though the service is already going on. In fact, when you came in the service was already going on, although the sign outside clearly said “Divine Liturgy, 9:30.” You felt embarrassed to apparently be late, but these people are even later, and they’re walking all around inside the church. What’s going on here? (read more)
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