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From the sealed tomb, Thou didst shine forth, O Life!
Through closed doors Thou didst come to Thy disciples,

 O Christ God!
Renew in us, through them, an upright spirit,
By the greatness of Thy mercy, O Resurrection of all!
Troparion of Thomas Sunday - Tone 7

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

 

“Lent after Lent” and “Life after Pascha”

Recently, I posed a question to the faithful of our parish:  Is there life after Pascha?  Another question has formed in my mind this morning:  Is there Lent after Lent?  Before proceeding any further, I need to offer two points of clarification:  1.) I apologize if I just happened to unsettle anyone with the frightening prospect of another immediate lenten period, and 2.)  I am not a “lent freak!”  My purpose in asking “Is there Lent after Lent?” is meant to pose a challenge.  Is there anything spiritually fruitful that we began to do – or anything spiritually unfruitful that we ceased to do – during Great Lent that we can carry over with us into the paschal season and beyond?  Are we able to establish some genuine consistency in our ecclesial lives?  Surely this is one of the most important elements in nurturing a holistic approach to our Faith.  If I am not mistaken, a real temptation that exists once Great Lent is over is to return to “life as usual,” as if Great Lent is at best a pious interlude during which we act more “religiously” and at worst a period of specific rules that are meant to be more-or-less mechanically observed out of a sense of obligation.  This undermines the whole reality of repentance at its core, and drives us back into the dubious practice of the religious compartmentalization of our lives.  Great Lent is over – now what? Great Lent is a “school of repentance,” but this does not mean that we are to grade ourselves upon its completion.  However, there are a number of things we can ask ourselves.  (read more)

 

Sign up for Summer Camp!

 

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 1st, 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

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

Acquiring the Mind of the Church - presented by St. Barnabas Orthodox Church (AOC) in Costa Mesa, California, 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.  St. Barnabas is one of the many groups of 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


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