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The Angelic Powers were at Thy tomb,
the guards became as dead men.
Mary stood by Thy grave
seeking Thy most pure body.
Thou didst capture Hell, not being tempted by it.
Thou didst come to the Virgin granting Life.
O Lord, who didst rise from the dead:
Glory to Thee!

-Troparion of the Resurrection. Tone 6.

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



Archpastoral Visit of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin
His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin
His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin
His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin

His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, will make an archpastoral visit the weekend of August 1-3. His schedule will include participation in a diocesan practicum for deacons and subdeacons that our parish will sponsor for the second year in a row. Last year, the weekend after Pascha, the program attracted 26 participants: deacons, subdeacons and those studying to enter into these ministries. Our deacon Joseph Ramos was ordained at that time, having completed the accelerated Diaconal Vocations Program of the Orthodox Church in America.


Once again we will be joined by the director of this program, Archdeacon Kiril Sokolov, and our own Subdeacon Dimitri Pletz will serve as an instructor. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the services that weekend, they will be very beautiful with so many deacons and subdeacons serving along with His Eminence. The schedule of services includes:

Vespers, Friday, August 1, 6:30 p.m.
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Saturday, August 2, 9:30 a.m.
Vespers, Saturday, August 2, 5:00 p.m. (not 7:00!)
Hierarchical Liturgy, Sunday August 3, 9:30 a.m.


Weekend Practicum for Deacons and Subdeacons
Protodeacon Stephen
Protodeacon Stephen
Protodeacon Stephen
August 1-3, 2014

His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco together with Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov, Diaconal Vocations Program Director for the Orthodox Church in America, and Subdeacon Dimitri Pletz will lead a practicum for deacons and subdeacons at Holy Resurrection Church, Tacoma, August 1-3, 2014.


Deacons of the Diocese of the West, and those involved in the Diaconal Vocations Program are encouraged to participate. Subdeacons and those interested in serving as subdeacons are also urged to attend. You may find registration materials here



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