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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

February newsletter.

Women's Retreat 2017
The Week at a Glance
Sunday, February 19th
Matins 8:15 AM
Liturgy 9:30 AM
Seminarian Sunday
sandwich sale
1-6 w Fr John
Tuesday, February 21st
Bible Study
9:30 AM
work day 11-2
Parish Council 6:30 PM
Wednesday, February 22nd
Vespers 6:30 PM
Saturday, February 25th
Inquirers 5:00 PM
Vespers 6:30 PM
Monthly Calendar >
In and Around Our Parish
Fr. Theodore Svane to Visit!

Fr. Theodore Svane and his lovely family will be visiting our parish the weekend of Feb. 11 & 12. Fr. Theodore is a convert to the Orthodox Christian faith from Norway! He has spent the last several years in the US attending St. Vladimir's Seminary NY, and interning in our diocese at St. Seraphim Church in Santa Rosa, CA. He and his family will be returning to Norway this spring, and will begin their ministry in an all Norwegian language parish, something new there in so far as most Orthodox parishes in Norway use Greek, Slavonic, Romanian, etc. Fr. Theodore and his family have visited our parish twice before, and this may be the last time we see him for quite a while!

Fast Free Friday IOCC Fundraiser Dinner

On Fast Free Friday, February 10, from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. we will sponsor a lasagna dinner to raise funds for International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). The dinner will be family friendly. We'll have a silent auction (please donate items by Feb. 9), build your own sundaes with lots of goodies, and some fun karioke! A flier may be found here

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.

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 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.


Pre-Lenten Women's Retreat
Kh. Krista West
Kh. Krista West
Kh. Krista West

"Restoring the Image: Women, Beauty and the Church"

With Author and Speaker, Kh. Krista West. Feb. 4, 2017

In today’s world, women face a dizzying array of conflicting messages on beauty and femininity. Through her work in the field of Orthodox Aesthetics, Khouria Krista West brings a fresh perspective to this important topic and will discuss how the Church’s understanding of beauty can instruct, inform, and inspire women today. (more information and registration)

Great Lent
Begins Monday, February 27

The season of Great Lent is the time of preparation for the feast of the Resurrection of Christ. It is the living symbol of man’s entire life which is to be fulfilled in his own resurrection from the dead with Christ. It is a time of renewed devotion: of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It is a time of repentance, a real renewal of our minds, hearts and deeds in conformity with Christ and his teachings. It is the time, most of all, of our return to the great commandments of loving God and our neighbors.


In the Orthodox Church, Great Lent is not a season of morbidity and gloominess. On the contrary, it is a time of joyfulness and purification. We are called to “anoint our faces” and to “cleanse our bodies as we cleanse our souls.” The very first hymns of the very first service of Great Lent set the proper tone of the season:


Let us begin the lenten time with delight . . . let us fast from passions as we fast from food, taking pleasure in the good words of the Spirit, that we may be granted to see the holy passion of Christ our God and his holy Pascha, spiritually rejoicing.

Thy grace has arisen upon us, O Lord, the illumination of our souls has shown forth; behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the time of repentance (Vespers Hymns).


It is our repentance that God desires, not our remorse. We sorrow for our sins, but we do so in the joy of God’s mercy. We mortify our flesh, but we do so in the joy of our resurrection into life everlasting. We make ready for the resurrection during Great Lent, both Christ’s Resurrection and our own.


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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