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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

 June newsletter.

The Week at a Glance
Saturday, July 2nd
Vespers 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 3rd
Hours 9:15 AM
Liturgy 9:30 AM
1st Sun potluck
Tuesday, July 5th
St. Sergius
of Radonezh
Liturgy 9:30 AM
Parish Council
6:30 PM
Wednesday, July 6th
Vespers 6:30 PM
Monthly Calendar >
In and Around Our Parish
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 have finished 1Samuel and will be taking a short summer break before starting our next study.


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

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.


Apostles Peter and Paul - June 29

First-enthroned of the apostles,
teachers of the universe:
Entreat the Master of all
to grant peace to the world,
and to our souls great mercy!
—Troparion, Tone 4


The day of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul is the culminating feasts of the Gospel. Although the last event in the life of Christ which is related in the Gospel as His Ascension into heaven (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51), the preaching of the Apostles is closely bound up with the Gospel. The Gospel tells us of their being chosen, and the Gospel indicates beforehand the end of Apostolic activity. Telling of the appearance of Christ on the sea of Tiberias and the restoration to apostleship of Peter, who by his triple confession corrected his triple denial, the Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian speaks also of the prediction to the Apostle Peter concerning the end of his struggle. 'When thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whether thou wouldest not. This spoke He, signifying by what death he should glorify God.' (John 21:18-19). (read more)


St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco - July 2

"Sanctity is not just a virtue. It is an attainment of such spiritual height, that the abundance of God's grace which fills the saint overflows on all who associate with him. Great is the saint's state of bliss in which they dwell contemplating the Glory of God. Being filled with love for God and man, they are responsive to man's needs, interceding before God and helping those who turn to them."


Archbishop John was born on June 4, 1896, in the village of Adamovka in the province of Kharkov in southern Russia. He was a member of the Little Russian noble family of Maximovitch, to which St. John of Tobolsk also had belonged. He received at baptism the name of Michael, his heavenly protector being the Archangel Michael. He was a sickly child and ate little.... (read more)


Synaxis of the Saints of North America

As a beautiful fruit of the sowing of Thy salvation,
The land of America offers to Thee, O Lord,
 all the saints that have shone in it.
By their prayers keep Thy Church and our land in deep peace,
Through the Theotokos, O most merciful One.
—Troparion, Tone 8


On the second Sunday after Pentecost, each local Orthodox Church commemorates all the saints, known and unknown, who have shone forth in its territory. Accordingly, the Orthodox Church in America remembers the saints of North America on this day.

Saints of all times, and in every country are seen as the fulfillment of God’s promise to redeem fallen humanity. Their example encourages us to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us” and to “run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). The saints of North America also teach us how we should live, and what we must expect to endure as Christians. (read more)


“Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs Regarding Marriage”

On June 16, 2016, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America approved a statement entitled “Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs Regarding Marriage.” The purpose of that statement was to articulate the basic and fundamental beliefs of the Orthodox Church in America regarding marriage and to do so in terms which could be understood and applied by federal, state, and local governmental officials without the necessity of any probing inquiry or interpretation which might require them to transgress limitations imposed on them by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by related federal or state legislation such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The document is descriptive of marriage in the Orthodox understanding and also establishes guidelines regarding the usage of church property in related respects.

The text of the document has been posted here and is available in PDF format.


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!


"Raising Saints" offers tools to bring the Orthodox Christian faith to life for our children. Providing specific ways to express complex ideas to children so that they can understand and make them their own. This podcast offers concrete and practical suggestions to reinforce those ideas, to equip adults to share the faith with children, shaping the way in which our youth understand their lives. For parents, grandparents, and godparents — for anyone interested in shepherding our youth along the path to God.

In October, 2014, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary hosted it's annual fall lecture series. This year’s speakers were Father Stephen Freeman (The One-Storey Heart: Christianity with a Single Mind), Father Andrew Damick (Transfiguration of Place: An Orthodox Christian Vision of Localism), Father Joel Weir (Saved Together: Practical Asceticism and Family Life), and Father John Oliver (Blessed Violence: Caring for a World in Crisis).

Lord Send Me!” is named for that beautiful passage in the Prophecy of Isaiah, chapter 6, wherein, when asked by the Lord, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” the Prophet replies, “Here am I, send me!”  In this series, Father John Parker shares his thoughts and reflections on evangelization—sharing the Good News—in North America.  He encourages all listeners to share Isaiah’s bold humility to bear witness to the work of the One True God in their lives in word and in deed.

Orthodox Institute 2015 - Adult Education: Building on the Foundation of Faith. Held at Antiochian Village (Ligonier, PA), this conference offered courses that emphasized the importance of theological and spiritual training for adults. Keynote speakers included Kevin Allen, Father Timothy Baclig, and Michelle Moujaes.

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