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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
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
Sunday, February 26th
Matins 8:15 AM
Liturgy 9:30 AM
Forgiveness Vespers
Monday, February 27th
1st Day of
Great Lent
Great Canon
6:30 PM
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In and Around Our Parish
Wednesday and Friday Evenings in Lent

On Wednesday and Friday evenings during Great Lent we serve the beautiful Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at 6:30 p.m. As Wednesday evening is a "school night," or "work night" for many people, at the conclusion of the Liturgy we distribute hearty steel cut oat bread for folks to nibble on during their drive home (Orthodox Christians will have prepared for their evening Communion by fasting for at least six hours).

On Friday evenings we serve a vegetarian soup supper after Liturgy, which is followed by a series of talks given by our parish Rector, Fr. John Pierce. This year, Fr. John will give a series of talks about various aspects of our lenten observance itself. The topics he will cover will be:


March 3: Self Discipline.

March 10: Liturgical Observance.

March 17: Lenten Joy.

March 24: Feast Days in Lent.

March 31: Prayers for the Dead.

April 7: Holy Week


Parish members are encouraged to sign up for soup suppers on the Parish House bulletin board. The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts lies at the heart of our lenten journey, and we encourage you to come and see!


Project Mexico

Parishes of the Diocese of the West will be taking a lenten collection for Project Mexico this year. Our parish will participate, and will have a special collection container in the back of the church for your contributions to Project Mexico. Please be generous and help this organization that builds simple homes for families in greatest need in Mexico.

Sunday Evening Lenten Vespers

The Washington Orthodox Clergy Association (WOCA)  is composed of priests and deacons who meet in our area once a month to affirm the unity of the Orthodox Faith, to fellowship with one another, and to promote common interests among our people. The clergy represent almost all of the canonical jurisdictions in the United States. Sundays during Great Lent, WOCA sponsors a Vespers service at one of our parishes at 5:00 p.m. We gather to pray, hear a sermon by one of our clergymen, and enjoy some fellowship at a reception at our host parish. This is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon, to make new friends and visit churches we may otherwise not attend. This year's schedule may be found here.


Inquirer's Class

An introduction to the Orthodox faith is taught most Saturday afternoons at 5:00 p.m. 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.


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.


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.


Annunciation, March 25



The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the earliest Christian feasts, and was already being celebrated in the fourth century. There is a painting of the Annunciation in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome dating from the second century. The Council of Toledo in 656 mentions the Feast, and the Council in Trullo in 692 says that the Annunciation was celebrated during Great Lent. Read more...



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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