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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


Statements on Supreme Court Decision
Metropolitan TIKHON
Metropolitan TIKHON
Metropolitan TIKHON
June 28, 2015

To the Venerable Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America:

Dearly Beloved,
The recent ruling by the US Supreme Court on the legality of “same-sex marriages” has received much press coverage and has already caused some consternation about its implications and ramifications. But we Orthodox Christians must rest assured that the teaching of our Holy Church on the Mystery of Marriage remains the same as it has been for millennia.

Over the past few years, the Holy Synod of Bishops of our Orthodox Church in America has issued a number of statements outlining, detailing and clarifying the teaching of our Holy Faith on this matter in light of challenges from our American society.  These teachings remain in effect, in spite of the Supreme Court’s decision.  Links to these statements are provided below.

As we reflect on the Supreme Court’s ruling, we should thank Almighty God that we live in a country that allows us the First Amendment rights to worship freely, practice what we believe as Orthodox Christians, and live as examples of Christ our Savior and His love for others.

The ruling does not change the teaching of the Church, but it does remind us of the need to be Christ-like in our dealings with everyone. The state has the responsibility to enact laws that protect the rights of each individual.  The Church, while it does not bless “same-sex marriages” or view them as sacramental, does see the image of Christ in every individual, and his or her worth in the eyes of the Lord Who died upon the Cross for our salvation.

As the Orthodox Church in America, it is our responsibility to care for those who are in need, help those who are victims of prejudice, racism or persecution of any kind, and to provide for those who are sick, destitute, homeless or imprisoned.

The Church’s mission continues, and we have a great responsibility to be “all things to all people,” so that we all may be “one in Christ,” and hear on the last day, “Well done, good and faithful servant, you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.  Enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matthew 25:21). (Download pdf version)

With love in the Lord,
Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada

Statements of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America on the Mystery of Marriage

Archbishop BENJAMIN
Archbishop BENJAMIN
Archbishop BENJAMIN
June 26, 2015

To the Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the Diocese of the West:


This morning we received the news that the Supreme Court of the United States asserted the right for persons of the same sex to be married throughout the country. Their decision, however, in no way alters the teaching of the Orthodox Church on the subject of Christian marriage. And, while our doors are open to everyone who seeks the Kingdom of God, our understanding about human persons and the family remains unchanged. There is no blessing for such unions in the Orthodox Church.


I would draw your attention to the Synodal Affirmation on the Mystery of Marriage of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America on the subject of marriage and human sexuality for further reading. This document was issued exactly two years today (June 26, 2013). READ DOCUMENT


In addition, all the faithful are encouraged to re-read the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA 2013 Statement On Marriage. READ DOCUMENT


Christian marriage is challenged in many ways in our times. Same sex marriages represent only one such challenge. The common practice of cohabitation, even among those who consider themselves to be Orthodox Christians, is another, and perhaps even more serious, symptom of the denigration of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.


As we struggle to uphold and preserve what we have received from the Holy Apostles and Fathers of the Church, let us also show compassion to all our neighbors, not forgetting our calling to make Christ and His love manifest in this place and at this time.


Archbishop of San Francisco and the West


Doxacon Seattle
July 17-19

Are you a Christian who enjoys speculative fiction (i.e. science fiction and/or fantasy)? Are you tired of scifi/fantasy/gaming conventions that ignore the Christian dimensions of these works? Then we want to tell you about an exciting conference happening in Seattle, WA!


Doxacon is a conference that explores the faith and truth of Christianity as reflected in science fiction and fantasy. The first Doxacon (Doxacon Prime) occurred in Washington DC in 2013 (sponsored by the Protection of the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA). The first Doxacon Seattle was held the following year, in August 2014. The enormous success of both Doxacon conventions mean that folks on both coasts can attend Doxacon in 2015. In July 2015, we are proud to present Doxacon Seattle, so the Geek Orthodox of the Pacific Northwest can enjoy panels, presentations, and discussions about their favorite speculative works, while also exploring how these works deepen and expand our faith.

Doxacon Seattle 2015 will be held July 17-19, 2015 at South Seattle College in Seattle, WA and is sponsored this year by Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church. The Doxacon website has contact and ticket information, links to last year’s Doxacon, as well as a question submission page. The address for the conference is: Brockey Center, South Seattle College, 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106


Parish Camping Trip!
August 16-19

Last year was such a wonderful experience, we’re scheduling again — bigger and better!


Sign up on the site or the parish bulletin board! Mark your calendars! We have reserved two group sites at Cougar Rock Campground in Mount Rainier National Park for August 16-19! We will offer two group hikes —one more strenuous, one less each day. Evenings will include campfires, so bring your instruments! (read more)


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!


Fr. 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.


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.

Presvytera and Dr. Jeannie Constantinou guides 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. Currently a teacher of Biblical Studies and Early Christianity at the University of San Diego, Dr. Constantinou has also taught New Testament at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

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