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Let the heavens rejoice!
Let the earth be glad!
For the Lord has shone strength with His arm.
He has trampled down death by death.
He has become the first born of the dead.
He has delivered us from the depths of Hell,
and has granted the world great mercy.

 

—Troparion of the Resurrection, Tone 3

 

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

 

Parish Newletter

 February newsletter.


The Week at a Glance
Sunday, February 7th
Matins 8:15 AM
Liturgy 9:30 AM
1st Sun potluck
1-6 w Fr John
Tuesday, February 9th
Bible Study
9:30 AM
no potluck
Parish Council
6:30 PM
Wednesday, February 10th
Readers Vespers
6:30 PM
Saturday, February 13th
Slavonic Liturgy
Славянская Литургия
10:00 AM
Vespers 7:00 PM
Sunday, February 14th
Zacchaeus
Matins 8:15 AM
Liturgy 9:30 AM
U bake & price
bake sale
Monthly Calendar >
In and Around Our Parish
2016 Pre-Lenten Women's Retreat Registration now open!

Holy Resurrection is hosting our First Annual Women's Retreat on February 27th, 2016. Starting with the Hours at 9 am, we will have Melinda Johnson, local author and parish member at Holy Apostles, discuss the literary concept of tragedy and the Orthodox belief of the Image of God in everyone. Lunch will be catered by Mka. Andrea Fordice and we will end at 6 pm with Great Vespers. Information and registration available here.

 

Bible Study

Bible study is held on scheduled Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Resurrection. No potluck on February 9th, potluck on February 23rd. We are working our way through the often intense and very complicated relationships between Samuel, Saul, David and God’s people in 1st Samuel (1st Kingdoms).

 

Coffee Hour

Please consider signing up for a coffee hour. The list is on the bulletin board in the Parish House. You can indicate that you want us to provide bagels, or you may bring something of your own. Either way, we could use your help! Please check our “Resources” tab, and click on “Forms and Documents” where you will find instructions for coffee hour.

 

Food Bank Drive

Canned and commercially packaged foods are always being collected! Please leave your gifts on the fireplace hearth in the Parish House and they will be taken to our local Fish Food Bank for distribution. We really need your help, there is a lot of pressure on our food banks, and your donation makes a difference.

 

The Meeting of our Lord in the Temple - February 2

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace!

From you shone the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God.

Enlightening those who sat in darkness!

Rejoice, and be glad, O righteous elder;

You accepted in your arms the Redeemer of our souls,

Who grants us the Resurrection.

—Troparion of the Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple

 

Today the Church commemorates an important event in the earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 2:22-40). Forty days after His birth the God-Infant was taken to the Jerusalem Temple, the center of the nation’s religious life. According to the Law of Moses (Lev. 12:2-8), a woman who gave birth to a male child was forbidden to enter the Temple of God for forty days. At the end of this time the mother came to the Temple with the child, to offer a young lamb or pigeon to the Lord as a purification sacrifice. The Most Holy Virgin, the Mother of God, had no need of purification, since she had given birth to the Source of purity and sanctity without defilement. However, she humbly fulfilled the requirements of the Law.

At this time the righteous Elder Simeon (February 3) was living in Jerusalem. It had been revealed to him that he would not die until he should behold the promised Messiah. By inspiration from above, St. Simeon went to the Temple at the very moment when the Most Holy Theotokos and St. Joseph had brought the Infant Jesus to fulfill the Law. The God-Receiver Simeon took the divine Child in his arms, and giving thanks to God, he spoke the words repeated by the Church each evening at Vespers: “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32). St. Simeon said to the Most Holy Virgin: “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against. Yea, a sword shall pierce through your own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:34-35).

At the Temple was the 84-year-old widow Anna the Prophetess, daughter of Phanuel (February 3), “who did not leave the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day. She arrived just when St. Simeon met the divine Child. She also gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all those who were looking for redemption in Jerusalem” (Luke 2:37-38). In the icon of the Feast she holds a scroll which reads: “This Child has established Heaven and earth.” Before Christ was born, righteous men and women lived by faith in the promised Messiah, and awaited His coming. The Righteous Simeon and the Prophetess Anna, the last righteous people of the Old Testament, were deemed worthy to meet the Savior in the Temple.

The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord is among the most ancient feasts of the Christian Church. We have sermons on the Feast by the holy bishops Methodius of Patara (312), Cyril of Jerusalem (360), Gregory the Theologian (389), Amphilocius of Iconium (394), Gregory of Nyssa (400), and John Chrysostom (407). Despite its early origin, this Feast was not celebrated so splendidly until the sixth century.

In 528, during the reign of Justinian, an earthquake killed many people in Antioch. Other misfortunes followed this one. In 541 a terrible plague broke out in Constantinople, carrying off several thousand people each day. During this time of widespread suffering, a solemn prayer service (Litia) for deliverence from evils was celebrated on the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord, and the plague ceased. In thanksgiving to God, the Church established a more solemn celebration of this Feast. Church hymnographers have adorned this Feast with their hymns: St. Andrew of Crete in the seventh century; St. Cosmas Bishop of Maium, St. John of Damascus, and St. Germanus Patriarch of Constantinople in the eighth century; and St. Joseph, Archbishop of Thessalonica in the ninth century. (read more)

 

Zoe for Life!
by Kathy Kovalak

In 1977, a group of Orthodox women in Ohio began meeting to see how we could make a life-saving difference in today’s society. A survey was sent to the women in the area aged eighteen and over. Responses indicated three major areas of concern: the need for an Orthodox Christian adoption agency, help for women in crisis pregnancies, and assistance for battered women and children.

 

The group began meeting with professionals in the area, with the thought of starting an Orthodox adoption agency. We found that this would not be difficult to achieve, but there were few babies to be put up for adoption; they were being aborted. Contacting Care Net, a national organization advising those who want to establish crisis pregnancy centers, we were told that experience had taught them that Orthodox Christians have a higher abortion rate than the U.S. norm. According to Care Net, “Orthodox Christians”, we were told, “have two strikes against them—a concentrated ethnic group and a tightly knit religious group. For reasons of pride and shame, these factors invariably are linked to high abortion rates.” This was confirmed after talking with our parish priests who told us that many Orthodox women abort their children, but their priests become aware of the event only through confession. Thus our group, ZOE for Life came into being. (read more at oca.org)

 

OCMC Mission Teams Needed

Around the world there are adults and children longing to learn more about the Faith. There are women who want to offer their time and talents to the Church, but need guidance on how best to serve. There are people desperate for healthcare. In 2016, Orthodox Mission Teams from the OCMC will do these things and more. Your service on one of these teams is needed!

 

Mission teams will serve in seven countries including Alaska (USA), Albania, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda. (read more here or visit OCMC for more details)

 

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!

How should Christian people prepare for death—their own and that of loved ones? No question can be more important than this, since death is the final reality of our earthly life. In "A Christian Ending", Dcn. Mark Barna and his wife Elizabeth, authors of A Christian Ending: A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition, share their knowledge and experience of end-of-life issues, as well as how to organize and prepare for a parish-directed funeral with or without the help of a professional funeral director.

Time Eternal” explores the beautiful and the difficult aspects of time on this earth. The various episodes touch on how our experience and perception of time can become distorted because of sin and brokenness, and how the message of Christ and our Orthodox faith can help restore and resurrect the way we live with time. It is hoped that, in doing so, we can begin to heed St. Paul’s instruction to “redeem the time” (Ephesians 5:16).

The integrated Christian possesses a pro-life view that sees the environment as life giving and worthy of protection and a pro-environment view that sees the womb as an environment and worthy of protection. Fr. John Oliver discusses this view in this short three-part series called "Babies In The Biosphere"

 

What caused the monastic movement to arise in such dramatic ways in the life of the Orthodox Church? What is the goal of the monastic life? What does it have to do with me? In this short series, "Desert Spirituality for City Folks", Dr. Brad Nassif surveys opposing views on the legitimacy of the monastic life, then shows how central the monastic tradition has been to the Orthodox Church, and why it is important for us today.

 

 


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