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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

December newsletter.

The Week at a Glance
Monday, December 5th
Vespers 7 PM
at St Nicholas,
Tuesday, December 6th
St. Nicholas
Matins 8:45
& Liturgy 10 AM
at St Nicholas,
no work day
Wednesday, December 7th
No Vespers
Friday, December 9th
Conception of
the Theotokos
Liturgy 9:30 AM
Saturday, December 10th
Vladyka Benjamin
here for
Slavonic Liturgy
Славянская Литургия
10:00 AM
Inquirers 5:00 PM
Vespers 6:30 PM
Sunday, December 11th
Matins 8:15 AM
Liturgy 9:30 AM
Seminarian Sun.
Charities mtg.
1-6 w Fr John
Monthly Calendar >
In and Around Our Parish
Inquirer's Class

An introduction to the Orthodox faith is taught most Saturday afternoons at 5:30 (5:00 after daylight time ends). Please check our calendar, and see what is being taught on the class syllabus, here.


This Christmas we will be taking part in a gift giving project called Adopt-A-Family. We will be collecting gifts for four families. The collection begins Sunday, Nov. 6th and ends on Sunday, Dec 4th. We have set up a Christmas display along with gift tags for each of the family members that we are adopting. Please contact Cheri Wilson if you have Adopt-A-Family questions, her contact information is available in the back of the church.

Children's St. Nicholas Party

Following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, December 4, we will have a "lenten" potluck - no meat or dairy - followed by our annual St. Nicholas Children's party. Fr. John will read the interactive story about St. Nicholas with the children, and we'll look forward to a visit from St. Nicholas himself - who will pass out treats and pose with the children. Come and enjoy!

As in the past, at our partry we will take a collection of new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" program.

Bible Study

Bible study is held on scheduled Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Resurrection. Please check our calendar for the next scheduled time.  We will be reading the Epistle to the Hebrews through the fall and early winter.


Crafting/Sewing Fellowship

Join us to sew, work on hand work, knit, etc. or just come by for a cup of tea and fellowship one Saturday each month, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you plan to spend the day bring a snack to share. For more information contact Diane Ricks. 


End of Life Issues

Our parish is developing a ministry for end of life issues. The forms that have been prepared so far are available here.


Food Bank & Clothing Drive

Canned and commercially packaged foods are always being collected! We've added a bin for clothing, including coats, hats & gloves. 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.


Women's Retreat 2017

More information to come for the 2017 Women's Retreat. Registration opens December 15th, 2016.

Saint John Chrysostom
Commemorated on November 13

Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, one of the Three Hierarchs [January 30], was born at Antioch in about the year 347 into the family of a military commander. His father, Secundus, died soon after the birth of his son. His mother, Anthusa, widowed at twenty years of age, did not seek to remarry but rather devoted all her efforts to the raising of her son in Christian piety. (read more)


Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
Comemorated on November 16

The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew, was also named Levi (Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27); he was one of the Twelve Apostles (Mark 3:18; Luke 6:45; Acts 1:13), and was brother of the Apostle James Alphaeus (Mark 2:14). He was a publican, or tax-collector for Rome, in a time when the Jews were under the rule of the Roman Empire. (read more)


Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo
Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo
Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo

This letter was received from Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo who, as you may know, is the brother of Patriarch John X of Antioch and who was abducted in 2013. I encourage our clergy and faithful to continue to pray for him. That he is still alive after all this time and the drama that is unfolding in Syria is truly a miracle of prayer and God's mercy. But, I think his letter is moving and worthy of reading by a wider audience. -Archbishop Benjamin


Buenos Aires, June 24, 2016


An open letter from

addressed to all the Hierarchs of the Orthodox Church on the Feast of the Holy Spirit


My chains, the bond of our unity



“Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you… may become what I am, except for these chains” (Acts 26:29)


Your Holinesses, Your Beatitudes, Your Eminences and Your Graces,Hierarchs of the Orthodox Church,
My Fathers and brothers in the grace of the episcopate,“Apostles of Christ” and “Servants” of the people of God in all the oikoumene,


This year, an inexpressible joy flooded my heart on the Feast of Pentecost, because of the Holy Spirit who unites us, in a visible and invisible way, in the apostolic ministry that the Lord bestowed on us.


First, I would like to thank each of you, and through your distinguished person, the churches that you minister to, because you have not ceased to pray for me, especially during the past three years, since the Lord entrusted me with this peculiar “ecclesiastic mission”, i.e. since I was abducted[1]. This prayer has united us, a unity which was, and shall remain, the liveliest “accompaniment” (a walk together – “sinodos”) and a full expression of the “catholicity” of our Orthodox Church, although this experience has my humble person, as a reason, and my salvation, as an aim. I have no doubt that my name is dwelling in your heart, while we find ourselves in the midst of the catastrophe par excellence of this millennium, a disaster that my Church is experiencing “in the flesh”, to which I am still ministering to from the remote “cell” where I reside.


I feel that what mostly unites us these days, are the chains that I am bearing now. They did not afflict me at all, because “I fill up in my physical body—for the sake of his body, the church—what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ” (Col 1:24), completing the suffering experienced by an entire people, devastating an entire region, and upsetting the whole world. Without doubt, and without any need to advertise it, “we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to people” (1 Cor 4:9)


The unity that these chains created between us, is an experience that my Church has lived along with many other Orthodox Churches during the past century and the previous ones, an experience that challenged all of them in a hardly and painful way. It is true that this unity surmounts time and overlaps the convocation or not of any Synods, surpasses any expression or event, due to what characterizes you, along with the suffering people of God entrusted to your pastoral care. I mean your prayers for one another, our brotherly solidarity, your sacrificial ministry, bearing one another´s burdens in order to fulfil the law of Christ, according to the exhortation of the Apostle Paul (Gal 6:2). I have no doubt that this unity shapes your self-consciousness and model your daily experience, both in prayer and in your apostolic ministry.


Needless to say that I am with you wherever you are these days, either in Crete or elsewhere, not because my name is written in minutes or figures in statements – something that expresses your compassion with me and with my Church – but because my chains have become a bond of our unity. I place these chains in front of you, for they are my blessing and yours too; as they are my chains, therefore they became yours too, in order “to build up the body of Christ” (Ef 4:12), and to serve our “neighbour”, especially the “little” brothers that the Lord entrusted them to us, – how numerous they are! -, those who are today under the ruins, on the roads of immigration, on the sea of death, on the bed of disease, and are exposed to shelling, to exploitation and to all kinds of adversities.


* * * * *

Since we celebrate today the Feast of the Holy Spirit[2], in whom we share in the passion of Christ and that of His flock, and since we will be celebrating soon the Feast of the coryphes of the Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul, the founders of our Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East, I present you a commitment that my Church held from the beginning, for Christ´s namesake (Mt 10:22): to endure persecutions and chains, to stand faithful in the love of Christ, to show compassion to the suffering, and to continue to pray for all the brothers. In fact, our Church is bound by the “chains” of love, in response to the commandment of the Lord to love one another as He loved us (Jn 15:12). In this perspective, I kindly ask you to accept my chains as a guarantee of our fidelity and commitment to you all. So, rejoice in my chains, for they are the bond of our unity, since they let us partake in the glory of the Church, of which we are members and servants.


Having in mind the following exhortation of Saint Paul, – “Do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner (or of my Church). Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God” (2 Tim 1:8) -, I pay my respects and my reverence to all the venerable choir of the successors of the Holy Apostles that you, altogether, conform.


Asking for Your prayers and apostolic blessing, and having expressed my gratitude and love in the Lord, I remain.

† Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo


By the hand of my Secretary, † Silouan, Metropolitan of Buenos Aires and all Argentina


[1] The kidnapping of Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo occurred on Monday, April 22, 2013, along with the Jacobite Syrian hierarch of Aleppo, Youhanna Ibrahim.

[2] This letter was first written in Arabic, on Monday of the Holy Spirit, June 20, 2016.


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!



Father Evan Armatas shares bible study lessons with his parish (and us) from Scripture, Tradition, and the Church Fathers in "Transforming Our Lives in Christ", recorded at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church (Loveland, CO)

Enjoy inspirational stories for Children of all ages read by Dr. Chrissi Hart, author of "Tea with the Queen", "The Legend of the Cross", "Under the Grapevine", and "The Hermit, The Icon and The Emperor". "Readings from Under the Grapevine" concentrates on Orthodox Christian books and other classic literature from a variety of sources.

Hosted by Steven Christoforou, "Be the Bee" focuses on the various ways in which God has infused all of creation with goodness and beauty. The title refers to the metaphor of the bee and the flies that was used by Elder Paisios to describe how Christians should approach life. "Be the Bee" is a production of the GOARCH Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Available in video and audio format.

Father John Oliver’s series "Society and the Soul", from his podcast series "Hearts and Minds", is based upon “A Handbook of Spiritual Counsel” by Saint Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, a work which examines the five human senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, and the role that each one plays in acquiring or losing salvation.

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