Let us the faithful praise and worship the Word,
co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit,
born for our salvation from the Virgin,
for He willed to be lifted upon the Cross in the flesh,
to endure death, and to raise the dead
by His glorious Resurrection.
-Troparion of the Resurrection. Tone 5
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
Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God,
Granting joy to Thy disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Through the blessing they were assured
That Thou art the Son of God,
The Redeemer of the world!
-Troparion of the Ascension of our Lord
The feast of the Ascension is at the same time a last vision of the victory of God in Christ, of the victory of Christ over sin, over mortality, over death itself, but at the same time the feast of the Ascension is the final revelation of the greatness and the virtual, the potential greatness and holiness of man.
St. John Chrysostom in one of his homilies says to us, “If you want to find out how great man is, do not look towards the palaces of kings or the seats of the mighty, raise your gaze towards the throne of God and you will see sitting at the right of power a Man, Jesus Christ.” He is there clothed in our humanity, a Man at the heart of the Divine mystery, a Man in the glory of God, and this is a final perfect vision of what we are called to believe about ourselves, and what we are called to strive for. When God created man He did not create him, as at were, as the last term of evolution, He did not take the most evolved and perfect of the creatures He had made before him and made of him a human being. He took the clay of the earth, He took dust and He fashioned man, and thereby He made him absolutely basic to all creation, lower man could not be, he belongs to the earth, to the ground, to the dust, to the soil, to the clay. All other beings had evolved beyond this. But what God did also at that moment was to breath into him His own breath. And so man because of his earthen origin, of his earthen parentage belongs to the whole creation and not only to one or another species, and at the same time he belongs to the realm of God whose breath is within him... (read more)
Most glorious art Thou, O Christ our God!
Thou hast established the Holy Fathers as lights on the earth!
Through them Thou hast guided us to the true faith!
O greatly compassionate One, glory to Thee!
Troparion - Tone 8
On the seventh Sunday of Pascha, we commemorate the holy God-bearing Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
The Commemoration of the First Ecumenical Council has been celebrated by the Church of Christ from ancient times. The Lord Jesus Christ left the Church a great promise, “I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt. 16:18). Although the Church of Christ on earth will pass through difficult struggles with the Enemy of salvation, it will emerge victorious. The holy martyrs bore witness to the truth of the Savior’s words, enduring suffering and death for confessing Christ, but the persecutor’s sword is shattered by the Cross of Christ. (read more)
Pacific Northwest Orthodox Youth Camp will be held June 29th - July 2nd, 2014. Sign up now to reserve your spot! The deadline for camp applications is May 31st, 2014.
Summer Camp Information
Summer Camp Registration
The camp is open to children 1-12 grades, is a family camp in orientation, uses our familiar OCA style of liturgical music and has many of our clergy participating.
Activities include swimming, sports, canoeing, hiking, arts & crafts, campfires, etc
For Further Information, contact camp director:
Fr. Barnabas Powell (425) 623-3653
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)
Praying in the Rain - Fr. Michael Gillis
Fr. Michael Gillis reflects on the inner life of Orthodox Christians. Drawing on the wisdom of both ancient and contemporary Church Fathers and Mothers, Fr. Michael ponders the struggles, the ironies, and the disciplines of the spiritual life. Listen to Fr. Michael's Praying in the Rain or one of the many other podcasters that provide high quality 24-hour internet-based Orthodox radio in addition to music, teaching, interviews, features, convert testimonies, conference recordings, and so much more at Ancient Faith Radio.