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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 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


Parish Newletter

 May newsletter.

The Week at a Glance
Saturday, April 30th
Vesperal Liturgy
12:00 Noon
decorate church
11:30 PM
Sunday, May 1st
Matins & Liturgy
12:00 AM
Agape Vespers
1:30 PM
treat hunt
Potluck Feast
Monday, May 2nd
Bright Monday
In Wilkeson:
Liturgy 10:00 AM
lunch at
Buttered Biscuit
1014 North St, Sumner, WA 98390
Wednesday, May 4th
Bright Wednesday
Vespers 6:30 PM
Friday, May 6th
Bright Friday
Vespers 6:30 PM
Abp. Benjamin
Pizza party!
Monthly Calendar >
In and Around Our Parish
Lenten Charity

We will be taking special collections during Great Lent to benefit the Children’s Hospice in St. Petersburg, Russia. This a program ministering to the needs of children with cancer, and their parents. With our support, and that of our brothers and sisters throughout the Diocese of the West, we will be contributing to the care of very sick children. Please be generous!


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... May 10th—potluck. 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.


2016 Detailed Paschal Guides

Download the complete Paschal Guide in English here.


Расписание Пасхи на Русском языке

Наше расписания служб на Страстную Неделю и на Пасху вы можете посмотреть здесь. Службы в Святовоскресенской церкви совершаются на Английском языке, но каждую вторую Субботу месяца в 10.00 утра мы служим Божественную Литургию на церковно-славянском языке. Наше месячное расписание вы можете найти здесь.


Holy Saturday

Do not lament me, O Mother, seeing me in the tomb,
the Son conceived in the womb without seed.
For I shall arise, and be glorified with eternal glory as God.
I shall exalt all who magnify you in faith and love.
—Canon of Great and Holy Saturday, Ode 9



The first service belonging to Holy Saturday—called in the Church the Blessed Sabbath—is the Vespers of Good Friday. It is usually celebrated in the mid-afternoon to commemorate the burial of Jesus.

Before the service begins, a “tomb” is erected in the middle of the church building and is decorated with flowers. Also a special icon which is painted on cloth (in Greek, epitaphios; in Slavonic, plaschanitsa) depicting the dead Saviour is placed on the altar table. In English this icon is often called the winding-sheet.

Vespers begin as usual with hymns about the suffering and death of Christ. After the entrance with the Gospel Book and the singing of Gladsome Light, selections from Exodus, Job, and Isaiah 52 are read. An epistle reading from First Corinthians (1 Cor 1:18-31) is added, and the Gospel is read once more with selections from each of the four accounts of Christ’s crucifixion and burial. (read more)


Great and Holy Pascha - 2016 Archpastoral Messages
Metropolitan TIKHON
Metropolitan TIKHON
Metropolitan TIKHON
Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON


To the Venerable Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, Distinguished Stewards, and the entire family of the Orthodox Church in America:


I greet you, my beloved brothers and sisters, with the great joy of the bright Feast of Christ’s Resurrection. Today we arise at the rising of the sun to “bring unto the Lord a hymn instead of myrrh,” and to behold Christ, “the Sun of Righteousness, Who causes light to dawn for all” (Paschal Canon).

Today, we awake with joy to a new and divine reality. Today, our life continues with the same hope in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that we had yesterday, but with renewed spirit and purpose, inspired by the life given to us by the Lord, Who came to us in the flesh, was lifted upon the cross, descended into the grave, was raised on the third day, and ascended into heaven so that we might have that life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

We know that, just as the servants in the Gospel were called to account for the use of their talents, so each of us has received talents in this life for which we must give account. Whether it is the gift of being kind, loving, caring and patient, or being a good and faithful parent, child or sibling, these talents blossom more fully through the death and resurrection of Christ by giving us the opportunity to reclaim the gift of eternal life even in our earthly struggles.

In recent years we have heard it said that lives matter. While this is not a new concept for those who today are celebrating the triumph of life over death, we need to remind ourselves that the life which Christ offers us today is offered to all of humanity. It is also a gift that holds us accountable. What matters most is how we use the abundance of life given to us through the Cross and Resurrection, and whether we choose to simply live or to live an abundant life overflowing with love, mercy and compassion.

Today we are filled with joy both serene and overwhelming. At the same time, we face the awesome responsibility of sharing this great joy and this abundance of life with the world around us. Through the Cross, our cup overflows with life (Psalm 23:5), enough life to share with all of those around us; enough love to fill up all those who are alone and afraid; enough mercy and peace to bring a measure of joy to those suffering.

I sincerely wish that all of you will convey this Paschal joy to your children, your neighbors, to all those in your families and communities, and also to those who do not as yet know that Pascha in the Orthodox Church is the “Feast of feasts, the Triumph of triumphs, wherein let us bless Christ forevermore.”

With my archpastoral blessings and love in the Risen Lord,


Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada


Archbishop BENJAMIN
Archbishop BENJAMIN
Archbishop BENJAMIN
Archpastoral Message of His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN


Do not lament me, O Mother, seeing Me in the tomb,
the Son conceived in the womb without seed!
For I shall arise and be glorified with eternal glory as God.
I shall exalt all who magnify you in faith and love.
(Ninth Ode of the Holy Saturday Kanon)

To the Reverend Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of the West

Dearly beloved:
Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!

Imagine the Virgin Mary, witness to the crucifixion of her Son, His taking down from the cross and His burial in a new tomb. The grief must have been unimaginable. Each of us can feel the same grief, not only on that Blessed Sabbath with the solemn vision and veneration of His body on the winding sheet, but also when we look at the world in all of its convulsions.

But the “words” of Christ spoken to His mother in the beautiful Ninth Ode of the Holy Saturday Kanon quoted above shine with the promise of the Resurrection. Those words not only promise the reality of Resurrection, but also promise His glorification and the glorification of His believers. And that is what we celebrate on this most bright and festive Day of Days. The somber Lenten efforts have given way to a burst of new life, a resurrected life, where death no longer has dominion over His creatures — us! We have been given pardon if we but accept it. Creation has been renewed! Grief is no longer mingled with tears; it has all been wiped away by the Victory. May we all receive this most wonderful gift and take it to our hearts and our lives.

May the risen Son of God be ever present with each one of you, my beloved children of the West! May none of us lament for death has been vanquished! And I say to you all again:

Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!

Yours in the risen Christ,

Archbishop of San Francisco and the West


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

His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin will be with us for the celebration of our Parish Altar Feast on Bright Saturday with Paschal Liturgy, May 7 at 9:30 a.m. Our Deacon Joseph Ramos will be ordained to the holy priesthood at this service. This will be followed by a luncheon provided by the Holy Myrrhbearers Sisterhood.


On Friday May 6, His Eminence will join us for Paschal Vespers at 6:30 p.m. followed by a pizza party so as to have an informal venue for him to be with us. Don’t be shy, please greet His Eminence, talk with him, ask about life in the diocese. He is our chief pastor, we are his flock!


This is his only planned visit to our parish in 2016, please be present to welcome him!



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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