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Christ is Risen!  Indeed, He is Risen!
The Resurrection of our Lord
The Resurrection of our Lord
The Resurrection of our Lord

Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs
Bestowing life!


(Ode 3, Paschal Canon)

Yesterday I was buried with Thee, 0 Christ.
Today I arise with Thee in Thy resurrection.
Yesterday I was crucified with Thee:
Glorify me with Thee, 0 Savior, in Thy kingdom.

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 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

 May newsletter.

The Week at a Glance
Wednesday, May 25th
St John Baptist
Liturgy 9:30 AM
Vespers 6:30 PM
Saturday, May 28th
Vespers 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 29th
Samaritan Woman
Matins 8:15 AM
Liturgy 9:30 AM
1-6 w Fr John
Monthly Calendar >
In and Around Our Parish
Bible Study

Bible study is held on scheduled Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Resurrection. After Pascha, we'll pick up where we left off. We continue to work our way through the intense and complicated relationships between Samuel, Saul, David and God’s people in 1st Samuel.


Crafting/Sewing Fellowship

Join us to sew, work on hand work, knit, etc. or just come by for a cup of tea and fellowship the 3rd Saturday of each month, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you plan to spend the day bring something to share to snack on. For more information contact Diane Ricks. Note: May's meeting will not be the usual 3rd Saturday, but on May 28th. June will revert to normal  - June 18th.


End of Life Issues

On February 28th, Robyn Stover presented another installment of her continuing look at end of life issues. The forms discussed in that presentation are available here.


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. There is a lot of pressure on our food banks, and your donation really does make a difference.


Sunday of The Paralytic

By Thy divine intercession, O Lord,
as Thou didst raise up the paralytic of old,
so raise up my soul, paralyzed by sins and thoughtless acts;
so that being saved I may sing to Thee:
“Glory to Thy majesty, O Bountiful Christ!”
—Kontakion, Tone 3


Metropolitan Anthony Bloom  - May 7, 1989

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We have heard today in the Gospel of a man who for 38 years had laid paralysed. The only thing that separated him from healing was the possibility to reach the waters, which the angel brought into motion once a year. Thirty eight years had he attempted to move towards healing but someone else has been quicker than he and stolen healing from him. How many are there now in the world, how many have been and will be in this world of ours who need healing, who are paralysed by fear, paralysed by all that prevents us from moving with boldness and purpose towards fullness of life? How many? And who are those who will take them and help them to receive healing instead of seeking it for themselves? Let us look at ourselves, not at each other but ourselves. What have we learnt from the Gospel?

Christ says that no-one has true love who is not prepared to give his life for his neighbour, and the neighbour is quite clear also from the Gospel, is not the one whom we like, whom we love, who is close to us, it is whoever needs us.

We keep the day of St. John the Divine, the Apostle, the proclaimer of the message of love. Ask yourself this question. There are number of people around you who would believe, who would gladly start a new life, who would bless you and God for giving them courage to move not physical but spiritual limbs that are tied. And let us ask ourselves, what do we do, what have we done, what are we capable of doing to help them? The waters of Siloam are an image of God, of His healing power. When God comes close, when we become aware that He is there, near, do we look around to see who needs Him more than we do? No. We rush forward, we want be those who will sit at His feet, we are those who wish to touch the hem of His garment and be healed, we are those — and this is even worse, — we are those who wish to be seen as His disciples and companions so that people may look at us and wonder, admire us, at times almost worship us, the companions of Jesus, the friends of God become man. Who of us is prepared to step aside, to become inconspicuous, or rather to help another to step forward instead of us when we know that we will be the loosers in a way, in a way only because if we do this, we will have lost what is thought we coveted but we will have become disciples of Christ who gave His life that others may live.

Let us reflect on the story. It is not simply an old story about things that happened about two thousand years ago, it is something that is happening every day and we are those who rush forward and prevent others from merging themselves into the healing waters of Siloam. Let us listen to St. John the Divine, the teacher of true love, let us be ready to sacrifice all we long for, all we desire for someone else to have it, to be given it by God, let us be prepared to pay the price of other people’s finding freedom, life on all levels, even on the simplest level of food and shelter and the warmth of an attentive gaze or a loving, sober word. Let us become free of selves, and then how many will be saved, saved from hunger, from homelessness, saved from the dominion of others, saved from all that is fetters and imprisonment of life. Let us become what Christ was — the One that sets free in the name of truth and of life. Amen... (read more)


Pacific Northwest Orthodox Youth Camp

Dates: June 20th - June 23rd, 2016.


Camp Location: All Saints Camp, 205 Camp Rd. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335; (253) 265-6161.


Applications: For ages 7-17. All campers $150.00/camper. Please speak to Fr. John about scholarships.


Deadline for applications: Applications and fees must be mailed by May 31st to: Fr. Barnabas Powell, 15621 175th Ave. NE, Woodinville, WA 98072. Make checks payable to: Pacific Northwest Deanery.

Staff: We require a sizable staff (clergy and laity, age 18 and over) to operate the camp in an effective and safe manner for the children. There will be two counselors per cabin. Applications are required for staff. In accordance with state regulations, all staff must complete (in addition to the normal camp forms) the “Camp Staff Application” and is subject to a diocesan mandated background check. Background checks must be performed by your parish priest. The most important, needed, and valuable role of PNWOYC staff is to serve as cabin counselor to a group of campers. In addition, talented staff is utilized in the following areas: crafts, sports, music, medical/nursing. Additional programs may be offered depending on staff expertise, so please indicate your special skills and interests on the staff application. Volunteers do not pay fees, and receive a modest honorarium as a thank you for their service.

Activities: In addition to liturgical services and instruction, we schedule swimming, sports, canoeing, hiking, crafts, campfires, etc.

Further Information: Contact camp director: Fr. Barnabas Powell at (425) 623-3653 OR Lela Powell at (425) 686-2127 All registration and other forms may be found on the PNWYOC Website.


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 more at AFR!


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.

Father Josiah Trenham shares weekly homilies and theological reflections in "The Arena". Recorded from the amvon of St. Andrew Orthodox Church (Riverside, CA), this podcast is sponsored by Patristic Nectar Publications— a publisher specializing in resources for Orthodox catechesis.

Father Michael Gillis reflects on the inner life of Orthodox Christians in "Praying in the Rain". Drawing on the wisdom of both ancient and contemporary Church Fathers and Mothers, Father Michael ponders the struggles, ironies, and disciplines of the spiritual life.

Presvytera and Dr. Eugenia Constantinou, adjunct professor of Biblical Studies and Early Christianity at the Franciscan School of Theology (Oceanside CA), provides interesting and accessible bible study for busy people, guiding us through early Jewish tradition, early Christian Tradition, the formation of the canon of Scripture, early schools of biblical interpretation, and finally Holy Scripture itself through the eyes of the Church Fathers in "Search the Scriptures".

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