Holy Week Pictures

Holy Friday night – carrying the Shroud of the Lord through the cemetery

Holy Friday night – reading the Gospel before the Shroud

Holy Saturday Morning – Baptisms

As many as have been baptized into Christ have out on Christ! (Gal. 3:27)
We baptized two babies and one adult and received one adult by Chrismation

More pictures will be posted as we receive them.


Join Us for Holy Week

Come receive the light from the Light that never sets, and glorify Christ who is risen from the dead

April 12- 20, 2014

The Orthodox Holy Week and Pascha services set before us a rich feast of Christian experience that no seeker of God should miss. The four Gospels devote more space to the week before our Lord’s death than all the rest of His life and teaching. Beginning with the Raising of Lazarus, the Orthodox services give us each day scriptures, hymns, and liturgical actions that enable us experience these saving events as realities in our time. Make plans to join us for these.

Commentary by Father Alexander Schmemann:

Sunday of Orthodoxy – March 9

Orthodox Christians celebrate the first Sunday of Great Lent as the Sunday of Orthodoxy, remembering the restoration of the Holy Icons to the Churches on this Sunday in A.D. 843, after they were suppressed about 90 years by heretical Byzantine emperors.

In America it has become customary for all Orthodox Churches in a city or area to hold a service together in witness to our unity in the Faith. Holy Resurrection will host this year’s service. Father John Henderson, pastor of St. Peter Orthodox Church in Madison, will preach.

Other Churches participating include Holy Trinity and St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson and St. George’s Church in Vicksburg.

The service will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday evening, March 9. The public is invited to this service and fellowship afterwards.

Message of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America
More About Icons


Great Lent Begins March 3


 

Let us fast with a fast pleasing to the Lord. This is the true fast: the casting off of evil, the bridling of the tongue, the cutting off of anger, the cessation of lusts, evil talking, lies and cursing. The stopping of these is the fast true and acceptable.
–Monday Vespers of the First Week

 

The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian


O Lord and Master of my life
Take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power and idle talk.
But grant rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother,
For blessed art Thou unto ages of ages. Amen.

 

 


Hear Fr. Stephen Freeman

 


Save the Date!

 

Father Stephen Freeman

will speak at Holy Resurrection

February 4 -6, 2014 – 7 p.m.

 

  •   Tuesday – Saving Salvation: Thinking about the Atonement
  • Wednesday – Thinking About Hell
  • Thursday – Walking Through Heaven’s Door

Many Christians have up grown thinking of God as a dispenser of justice who willfully punishes or rewards people according to laws. Even “faith alone” may be understood as a legal requirement. Fr. Stephen will talk about what the scriptures and the Christian fathers mean by such words as salvation, hell, and heaven. He asks, “What is heaven? How do we get there? How do we get there now?”

Fr. Stephen is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America and  serves as the Rector of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

He is the author of numerous published articles, the book, Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe, and a popular blog, Glory to God for All Things.  He is also the author of the podcast, Glory to God, on Ancient Faith Radio.

Fr. Stephen has a B.A. in Classical Languages from Furman University (1977), a M.Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (1980), and a M.A. in Theology from Duke University (1991), where he studied under the well-known theologian Stanley Hauerwas.  His thesis at Duke was entitled The Icon as Theology.


UPDATE: Fr. Stephen Radio Interview

Our member Jim Thorn will interview Fr. Stephen Freeman on his program “That’s What’s Happening” Tuesday morning, January 28, around 8:15am.  He will be on for a couple of ten-minute segments.  The station is WYAB 103.9 FM.  It can also be heard online at WYAB.com.


The Twelve Days of Christmas

 

The Twelve Days of Christmas are a festival of the revealing (Epiphany) of the Lord in the flesh, including His Birth, Circumcision, and Baptism. The culmination is His Baptism, which marks the beginning of His public ministry. We celebrate this by blessing water, into which He descends and from which He rises, showing us already His Death and Resurrection.

A basin of water will be blessed in the Church on January 5, and all the local Orthodox Churches will gather at the Old Trace Park on the Ross Barnett Reservoir for an outdoor blessing of water on Sunday, January 12. We invite you to join us for all these services.

St. Basil the Great and Circumcision of the Lord:
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. Vespers, with Prayers for the New Year
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 9:30 a.m. – Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

Theophany: Baptism of the Lord
Sunday, Jan. 5 – Blessing of Water after Liturgy
6 p.m. – Theophany Vigil: Great Compline and Matins
Monday, Jan. 6, 6:30 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
Sunday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m. – Blessing of Water at Ross Barnett Reservoir

Directions to Old Trace Park, Ross Barnett Reservoir

Read more about the Theophany Services


Holiday Services

St. Basil the Great and Circumcision of the Lord:
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. Vespers, with Prayers for the New Year
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 9:30 a.m. – Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

Theophany: Baptism of the Lord
Sunday, Jan. 5 – Blessing of Water after Liturgy
6 p.m. – Theophany Vigil: Great Compline and Matins

Monday, Jan. 6, 6:30 a.m. – Divine Liturgy

Sunday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m. – Blessing of Water at Ross Barnett Reservoir


Services for the Nativity of the Lord

 

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m.

  • Nativity Vigil: Great Compline and Matins

Wednesday, Dec. 25, 9:30 a.m.

  • Divine Liturgy

About the Services

About the Incarnation of the Lord

Christmas in America

Christmas Gifts

The Real Meaning of Christmas