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When the women disciples of the Lord
learned from the Angel the joyous message of Thy Resurrection;
they cast away the ancestral curse
and elatedly told the Apostles:
Death is overthrown!
Christ God is risen,
granting the world great mercy.
Troparion of the Resurrection - Tone 4

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


The Week at a Glance
Friday, September 4th
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for Inquirers
Class Info!
Saturday, September 5th
Inquirers 5:30 PM
Vespers 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 6th
Hours 9:15 AM
Liturgy 9:30 AM
1st Sun potluck
BBQ & Campfire
6:30 PM
Monday, September 7th
Vespers 6:30 PM
Tuesday, September 8th
Liturgy 9:30 AM
Parish Council
6:30 PM
Wednesday, September 9th
Vespers 6:30 PM
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Ecclesiastical New Year & Day of Prayer for the Creation

The Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon
on The Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year & The Day of Prayer for the Creation

August 28, 2015


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


On September 1, 1989, the late Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios I issued the first message from the Ecumenical Throne on the environment. With his proclamation and the establishment of September 1, the first day of the Ecclesiastical New Year, as the Day of Prayer for the Creation, the Church again seeks to remind us, as Mary reminded Martha, of the one needful thing - life and unity with Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. In that statement Patriarch Demetrios I reminds us that the holy fathers of the Church teach that, “Man is the prince of creation, endowed with the privilege of freedom. Being partaker simultaneously of the material and the spiritual world, he was created in order to refer creation back to the Creator in order that the world may be saved from decay and death.”


In Saint Ephrem the Syrian’s work “Hymns on Paradise” we are given yet another guide to how we might come into that unity and life in Christ. Saint Ephrem tells us that God’s two witnesses, or pointers, are, “Nature, through man’s use of it, [and] Scripture, through his reading it.”


As the summer draws to a close and children go back to, or away to school for the first time, and begin again a new academic year ecclesiastical year, let us, being reminded by the pointers to Christ as mentioned by Saint Ephrem, take a moment to turn to the one needful thing in praise, worship and thanksgiving for the creation and all the blessing bestowed upon us by our merciful Creator.


It is my prayer that the parishes, Sunday Schools, Youth Groups and other organizations of the Orthodox Church in America will take up this time around September 1 to celebrate the Day of Prayer for the Creation. Our Department of Christian Education has prepared an excellent Study and Activity Guide for young people titled, “The Earth is the Lord’s”, which can be found at


With my archpastoral blessings and love,

Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada


Inquirers Classes begin anew  . . . and more!

Please consult the parish calendar for more information


Inquirers Class - New Series

At the beginning of September we will start a new series of classes to introduce the Orthodox Faith. We will begin on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 5:30 p.m., and meet most Saturdays through the fall. After we review the basic structure and contents of an Orthodox Church, we will present classes, many of them PowerPoint multi-media, focusing on the Orthodox Church in time and space, Holy Tradition and an overview of the basic teachings of the Orthodox Church based on the Nicene Creed. Classes are open to anyone desiring to learn more about the faith, both inquirers and parish members.


Bible Study
September means the beginning of a new season of Bible studies. We usually meet twice each month at 9:30 a.m. This month we’ll meet on the 1st and 15th.

Family Fun BBQ & Campfire
Looking ahead to Labor Day weekend, we’ll host another family (alcohol-free) fun barbecue and campfire at the church on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m. We’ll have burgers, hot dogs, sodas, salad & s’mores! Everyone is welcome! Bring your instruments; we’ll project songs with chords on the big screen.


Great Feasts in September
The Great Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos will be celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 9:30 a.m. On Sunday, Sept. 13, we will serve Vespers for the Elevation of the Holy Cross after coffee hour, with Matins and Divine Liturgy the following Monday morning, Sept. 14. Even though Holy Cross is called a “Great Feast,” it is observed as a fast day because of our Lord’s suffering on the Cross.

Parish Work Day
Please bring your gloves & tools, and come out a help us on Saturday, Sept. 19 as we launch into a day of cleaning, raking, planting and general sprucing up for the fall. The workday lasts from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during which we’ll break for some chili and cornbread.

Sunday Matins
Sunday Matins of the Resurrection will resume September 20. The Matins service begins at 8:15 a.m., immediately followed by the Divine Liturgy.


Do come to Matins! It is a beautiful service, a wonderful expression of our faith in the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. By coming to Matins we are like the holy Myrrh-bearing Women, arriving early at the Tomb on the First Day of the Resurrection, and through the reading of the psalms and the Gospel, through the chanting of the prayers and hymns, we encounter the Risen Lord!


Children’s Class with Fr. John
Fr. John will begin meeting with children, grades 1-6, following coffee hour on Sunday, Sept. 20. We will build on the practical knowledge of our life in the Orthodox Church that we began last spring.


Canonization of Ss. Mardarije and Sebastian
Alhambra, CA


His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West will represent His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon at the canonization of two clerics who served in North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—Bishop Mardarije [Uskokovic] and Archimandrite Sebastian [Dabovich]—at Saint Steven Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, CA on September 5, 2015. This event is of special import to our parish... the earliest known record of Orthodox Christian activity in this community is linked to visits by St., then Archimandrite, Sebastian (see parish history).

His Holiness, Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, will preside at the liturgical celebration, at which many visiting hierarchs, civil dignitaries, and others will be present.

A detailed program for the liturgical celebration and related festivities may be found here. (read more at OCA site)


Registration for Young Orthodox Professionals Retreat
Santa Fe, NM


Archimandrite Gerasim, Dean of Saint Seraphim Cathedral, Dallas, TX and Administrator of the Diocese of the South of the Orthodox Church in America, will be the keynote speaker at a pan-Orthodox retreat for young professionals October 16-18, 2015.

Sponsored by Holy Trinity Antiochian Orthodox Church, Santa Fe, NM, the retreat will have as its theme “Sanctifying Time and Space: Privilege and Responsibility as an Orthodox Young Professional.”  Participants from parishes of the Orthodox Church in America may apply for grant assistance through the Peter the Aleut Grant Program. (read more at OCA site)


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


Fr. 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, Fr. Michael ponders the struggles, ironies, and disciplines of the spiritual life. 


"Acquiring the Mind of the Church", presented by St. Barnabas Orthodox Church (Costa Mesa, CA), is continuing education and catechism based on the practical, spiritual, and theological principles of the Orthodox Church. Speakers include Fr. Michael Reagan, Dr. Jeannie Constantinou, Abbess Mother Victoria, Fr. Josiah Trenham, Fr. Wayne Wilson, Scot Larsen, and Kevin Allen. 

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