Holy Baptism

The servant of God Kassiani is baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit!

Rylee Ann was baptized Sunday, November 22. Her patroness is the Abbess Kassiani, author of many beautiful hymns.

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Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple


This week we celebrate the Entrance of Our Lord’s Mother into the Temple:

Friday, November 20,  6 p.m. Great Vespers

Saturday, November 21,  9 a.m. Divine Liturgy

This feast describes the three-year-old Mary being taken by her parents to the Temple, where she remained in a life of holiness and dedication. Though the story be legend it yields insight into spiritual truth. The scriptures for Vespers, Matins, and the Divine Liturgy all speak to the relationship between man and God within the context of the Temple and emphasize holiness and the superiority of the living, eternal temple to that built of stone. In Mary we see both. Rather than being sanctified by the Temple, she sanctifies the Temple and all mankind by becoming herself the perfect temple in which dwelt the eternal Son. Truly she was set apart, even as a child, and consecrated to the most glorious work God granted humanity. Truly she is the instrument by which we, too, become living temples in which God lives and which live eternal. Truly we, the holy, catholic church, the living Temple of God, open our doors to her, most blessed of women, the Holy Mother of God. – from the bulletin of St. Peter’s Church, Madison

Commentary on the Feast by Fr. Thomas Hopko


+ Matushka Sissy

Matushka Katherine (Evelyn Roane “Sissy”) Gooch Yerger, 73, fell asleep in the Lord unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 7. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. and the funeral service at 6 p.m. Friday, October 9. The Divine Liturgy will be served at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, with burial and Mercy Meal following, all at Holy Resurrection Church. Burial will be in the Clinton Cemetery  next  to the Church.

Matushka Sissy leaves her husband, Father Paul Yerger, three daughters, Wisdom Yerger and Mary Yerger of Jackson and Mrs. Margaret Elliott of Memphis, son-in-law Michael Elliott of Memphis, two grandsons, James Rucks Elliott and Paul Hite Elliott of Memphis,  two brothers, John H. Gooch, III, of Savannah, GA, and Dr. William R. Gooch of Kingston, NY, three sisters, Elizabeth Gooch Dearsley of Richmond, VA, Frances Gooch Saval of Petersburg, VA, Rebecca Gooch of Middlebury, VT, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, John Hite Gooch, Jr.,  and Elizabeth Cave Gooch, stepmother Ann Humphrey Bintliff Gooch, and a sister, Mary Jane Gooch.

 She was born in Houston, TX, April 22, 1942, and grew up mainly in Texarkana, AR, and Richmond, VA. She attended St. James  Day School in Texarkana and Thomas Jefferson High School and Westhampton College in Richmond.  In Richmond she worked for A.H. Robins pharmaceutical company and Virginia Commonwealth University. In April, 1971, she met her husband, then the Episcopal clergyman Norval Yerger of McComb, Mississippi, and they were married six weeks later.

 In 1977 the Yergers embraced Orthodox Christianity and settled in Jackson where her husband, now Father Paul, became the first pastor of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, which relocated to Clinton in 1980. At Holy Resurrection she was the first choir director, bookstore manager, janitor, and everything in between. For many years she invited every visitor and single person at the Saturday evening Vespers service to her home for dinner, which contributed greatly to the growth of the church.  In Jackson she worked as Communications Director for United Way and Copy Editor for Godwin Group advertising agency.  In her youth she enjoyed sailing, horseback riding, golf, tennis, and jogging.  She loved the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, Ellwood City, PA, and visited there many times.

Memorial gifts may be made to Holy Resurrection Church.




Center for Pregnancy Choices

Fundraiser for the Center will be Tuesday, October 13, at Broadmoor Baptist Church, 1531 Highland Colony Pkwy, Madison. Dinner will be served at 6:30; program starts at 7:15.

This non-political group provides counselling and material aid to help women avoid abortion. It is very worthy of our support.

Tickets are $15 per person. Ticket sales end October 2nd. For more information and tickets see http://www.cpcmetrofriends.org/ or call 601-713-2322.

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Views of a Typical Sunday Morning at Holy Resurrection

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Elevation of the Holy Cross

For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. – 1 Cor. 1:18


Vespers Sunday, September 13, 6 p.m.

Divine Liturgy Monday, September 14, 6:30 a.m.

About the Feast

Fr. Thomas Hopko, Understanding the Cross of Christ

Fr. Thomas Hopko, The Word of the Cross (4 talks)

+ Charles Dennery


CHARLES DENNERY  fell asleep in the Lord Saturday, August 22. Visitation will be at Holy Resurrection Church Monday, August 24 at 1 p.m., and the Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Lakewood Cemetery. He leaves his wife Georgia and children Alex Dennery, Nettie Brown, and Andrea Thorn. May his memory be eternal!

Dormition of the Theotokos

Friday, August 14, 6 p.m. – Great Vespers

Saturday, August 15, 9:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy

About the Feast

Transfiguration of the Lord

August 6


Great Vespers Wednesday, August 5, 6 p.m.


Divine Liturgy Thursday, August 6, 6:30 a.m.


About the Feast


Thou wast transfigured on the mount. O Christ God, revealing Thy glory to Thy disciples as they could bear it. Let Thine everlasting light shine upon us sinners. Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Giver of Light, glory to Thee (Troparion).

On the mountain wast Thou transfigured, O Christ God, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold Thee crucified, they would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father (Kontakion).

Assembly of Orthodox Bishops Responds to Same-Sex Marriage Decision


In a statement issued Thursday, July 2, 2015, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America expressed strong disagreement with the Obergefell v. Hodges decision handed down by the US Supreme Court on June 26.

The statement reads as follows.

“The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America strongly disagrees with the United States Supreme Court decision of June 26, Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court invents a constitutional right for two members of the same sex to marry, and imposes upon all States the responsibility to license and recognize such ‘marriages.’

“The Supreme Court, in the narrowest majority possible, has overstepped its purview by essentially re-defining marriage itself. It has attempted to settle a polarizing social and moral question through legislative fiat. It is immoral and unjust for our government to establish in law a “right” for two members of the same sex to wed. Such legislation harms society and especially threatens children who, where possible, deserve the loving care of both a father and a mother.

“As Orthodox Christian bishops, charged by our Savior Jesus Christ to shepherd His flock, we will continue to uphold and proclaim the teaching of our Lord that marriage, from its inception, is the lifelong sacramental union of a man and a woman. We call upon all Orthodox Christians in our nation to remain firm in their Orthodox faith, and to renew their deep reverence for and commitment to marriage as taught by the Church. We also call upon our nation’s civic leaders to respect the law of Almighty God and uphold the deeply-rooted beliefs of millions of Americans.”

A downloadable PDF of the statement is available here.