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When Thou didst descend to death, O Life Immortal,

Thou didst slay Hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead.

And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead,

all the Powers of Heavens cried aloud:

O Giver of Life, Christ our God, glory to Thee.

Troparion of the Resurrection - Tone 2



Welcome to Holy Resurrection!
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 the 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
Tuesday, October 13th
Wednesday, October 14th
Readers Vespers
6:30 PM
Saturday, October 17th
5:30 PM
Vespers 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 18th
Matins 8:15 AM
Liturgy 9:30 AM
Fr Theodore Svane
& Hierodeacon Isaac visit
Tuesday, October 20th
Bible Study
9:30 AM
no potluck
Parish Council
6:30 PM
Monthly Calendar >
Holy Trinity Work Day
Save the date!


There are a few projects, clean up and spruce up that need attention at our historic Holy Trinity Church in Wilkeson. Please help out on this work day scheduled for October 24, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


If you've never been to our holy temple in Wilkeson, come on up and bring a sack lunch!


431 Long Street, Wilkeson, WA 98396


Click here for driving directions (Google Maps)


Parish Newsletter now on Site!


As of this month, the Parish Newletter will be available online in the Calendar section of the site (now named Calendars and Newsletter).


Introducing OCAreview
A free, monthly hard-copy digest of OCA web site highlights

With the blessing of HIs Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and in response to a growing number of requests from individuals who do not have internet access, the Orthodox Church in America’s web team is now producing monthly PDFs that highlight a selection of major stories featured on the OCA web site during the previous month.

Titled “OCAreview: The Orthodox Church in America’s Monthly Hard-Copy Digest,” each edition will highlight eight to ten “capsulized” news stories and photos gleaned from the dozens that appear monthly on the web site. 

The October 2015 digest, which features eight stories posted on the OCA web site during September, may be downloaded in color or black and white. In addition, all parishes and clergy will receive PDFs of the digest via e-mail on a monthly basis.  Others who wish to receive the monthly e-mail version may subscribe.  There is no charge for the digest.


OCF Annual College Conferences
Registration now open!

Each year during Christmas Break, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF], the official campus ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, hosts college conferences for hundreds of college students from across North America.

Simultaneous conferences will be held on the east coast at Antiochian Village, Ligonier, PA and on the west coast at Saint Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA December 28-31, 2015.  The theme for both conferences, “Modern Martyrs: Witnesses of the Word,” will focus on the numerous opportunities to witness to Christ in the campus setting and the persecution of Christians today.

Sister Vassa [Larin] will deliver the keynote address at the east coast conference.  Among those from the OCA slated to lead worships are Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki, Rector of Holy Apostles Mission, Mechanicsburg, PA and Mother Melania of Holy Assumption Monastery, Calistoga, CA.  Priest Apostolos Hill will offer the keynote address at the west coast conference.

“These annual conferences provide an unparalleled opportunity to build up our youth and young adults in our faith and traditions so that they, in turn, can be empowered towards stronger witness in their respective campuses,” said Andrew Boyd, OCA Youth Director.  “It is my hope that, as in previous years, we will be able to offer scholarships to all OCA registrants.  Scholarships are also available through OCF.”

Early registration is recommended due to space limitations.

First Visit to an Orthodox Church?
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)


Recommended Listening

These following podcasts are made available by Ancient Faith Radio. They are just a few of the many podcasters that provide high quality 24-hour internet-based Orthodox radio including live music streaming, teaching, readings,  interviews, lectures, conference recordings, live call-in programs, an extensive list of downloadable Orthodox podcasts and much, much more at AFR!


In "Intercessory Prayer: The Last Hope for the World", a 10-part series on the litanies of the Divine Liturgy from his podcast series "Hearts and Minds", Fr. John Oliver shows us how important our intercessory prayers are for the world and it’s people.


Sponsored by the Center for Family Care of the GOA, the "2015 Oneness in Marriage Conference", hosted by St. Paul’s Orthodox Church (Irvine, CA), focused on growing and protecting the blessed communion of marriage. The conference took place in Santa Ana, California, and attendees included clergy, seminarians, pastoral care workers, lay assistants, professional counselors, ministry leaders, and lay people.


A series about the centrality of relationships in the Christian Life. Hosted by Christian Gonzalez, “The Trench” explores how our relationships make us who we are and how we are to engage with others in light of the Orthodox Christian Faith. “The Trench” is a production of the GOARCH Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Available in video and audio format.

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