Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
invites you to join us in celebrating
Our First Forty Years
His Grace, Alexander, Bishop of Dallas and the South, will preside.
Friday, February 3
- 6:00 p.m. Vespers
- 7:30 p.m. Dinner at Cock of the Walk Restaurant, Pocahontas – 13560 US 49, Jackson
Saturday, February 4
- 9:00 a.m. Greeting and Vesting of the Bishop
- 9:30 a.m. Pontifical Liturgy, Luncheon in Archbishop Dmitri Hall
- 5:30 p.m. Vespers
Sunday, February 5
- 8:30 a.m. Matins
- 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy, potluck lunch
The Lord has blessed us richly these forty years. Many people who discovered the Orthodox faith here now live elsewhere. We invite all to come and give thanks with us for all that the Lord has done here.
Friday night dinner tickets are $40 per person. Please reserve these as soon as possible by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be no charge for the Saturday lunch but we do need to know many will eat; please send an email. Young children are invited to the Saturday lunch. For more information email or call 601 497-5093.
For those coming from afar, the nearest airport is Jackson-Evers (JAN), 25 miles east of us on I-20.
SANCTITY OF LIFE SUNDAY – the Sunday nearest the anniversary of the infamous 1973 Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion at every stage of pregnancy, is observed by the Orthodox Church in America and many other churches as a time of prayer for the deliverance of our country from this evil, and for the repentance, forgiveness and healing of the mothers, fathers, and abortionists. Metropolitan Tikhon and several other bishops and well as many Orthodox priests, seminarians, and laymen will participate in the Annual March for Life in Washington Friday, January 27 – see https://oca.org/news/headline-news/metropolitan-tikhons-sanctity-of-life-message-video-now-available
Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon
Sanctity of Life Sunday
January 22, 2017
To the honorable Clergy, venerable Monastics, and pious Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America,
My beloved brothers and children in Christ:
When Christ approached the River Jordan to go down into its waters, John the Baptist trembled. With spiritual vision, he recognized the Lord that day, for they had met years earlier, before either of them had yet emerged from their mothers’ wombs. Elizabeth felt John leaping within her upon hearing the voice of the Holy Virgin. John’s little heart already burned with joy at perceiving the presence of Him Who was to take away the sins of the world. John was to spend his entire life preparing for a future encounter with this same Lamb of God, but what happened that day at the river was unlike anything he could have foreseen.
Christ, who had no sins of His own, took the weight of our sins upon Himself. At the Jordan, He submitted to a ritual purification of sins, in order to cleanse us from the grime of the passions. He descended into the waters as into a grave, so that we might be given new and everlasting life.
These bright themes echo in our ears in early January each year with the Church’s celebration of the Feast of Theophany. The joy of sins forgiven, of hearts made clean, of spiritual eyes washed and illumined by the shining face of Christ: these are joys that “no one can take away from us” (cf. John 16:22).
It is only with such corrected vision, with such purified thoughts and hearts that, later in January each year, we can turn our attention, with sobriety and indeed with sorrow, to the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision and all that it entails.
And what, in fact, has legalized abortion led to? We need to ask this question and provide a frank, if only partial, answer, because in the nearly five decades since Roe, a deep cultural and moral cynicism has set in, and I fear that our ears, our minds and our hearts may have grown dull to the full horror of abortion. For many, this is but one among several political “issues”—stale, overemphasized, and divisive—while for others, it can bring long-hidden pain and grief to the surface. In either case, the Church, so it is sometimes suggested, is better off not speaking out.
The Lord, however, has endued His Church with a voice of mercy and truth, a voice of righteousness and peace (cf. Psalm 84:10). And as long as Rachel continues to weep for her children because they are no more, the Church’s voice cannot be silent (cf. Matthew 2:18).
Therefore, the Church cannot refrain from consoling women who, for whatever reason—whether pressured or abandoned by others or overwhelmed by a sense of helplessness or despair—have had recourse to abortion. Where there is grief, the Church must offer hope; where there is trauma, she must offer healing, and where there is repentance, she must offer forgiveness and reconciliation.
The Church also has a perennial duty to educate her younger members about the sanctity of marriage and sexuality which are inextricably bound to the holy gift of new life. Where the world eagerly teaches our youth to identify with and serve their passions, adult Christians, by their word and example, must form them in a life of ascetic restraint, without which the passions bring about turmoil and destruction.
And, perhaps more controversially but no less true, the Church must provide a prophetic witness and forthright correction to the powerful of this world, to the abortion industry and those who give it financial and legal support. By introducing lethal instruments into the sacred intimacy of a mother’s womb, the abortion industry has succeeded in commodifying human vulnerability and fragility. While deeming itself a provider of “reproductive health,” it leaves in its wake the wreckage of psychological and physical trauma, spiritual ruin, and a death toll of staggering proportions, all the while amassing its own profit and prestige. No Christian can “stand with” such evil. No Church can fail to denounce it.
Our words, of course, must be confirmed by our deeds. In the many grassroots efforts of the Pro-Life Movement, such as neighborhood crisis pregnancy centers, volunteer counseling hotlines, and campus student groups, we see the commandment to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” put into action (Galatians 6:2). The humility and selflessness exhibited in such good works gives the lie to the caricature of the Pro-Life Movement as fueled by Pharisaical rancor.
Indeed, the Pharisees laid heavy burdens on their neighbors’ shoulders (Matthew 23:4), but our Savior came to take away the heavy yoke of sin. He stood among sinners on the shores of the Jordan, not in order to support or condone sin, but that all the world’s sins should be laid on His shoulders.
As His disciples, we have a mandate to bring all nations to Christ the Giver of Life, by baptizing them and by teaching them to observe all that He has commanded (Matthew 28:20). In our society this will often involve us in voicing unpopular opinions that, however gently and lovingly expressed, may well lead others to marginalize or reject us. The Lord repeatedly warned His disciples of this likelihood. But if we are to take part in Christ’s saving work of lightening His people’s heavy load of sin, then we cannot neglect such faithful witness. In humility, but also with boldness, we must stand with Christ. And—though the evil one tells us otherwise—Christ’s commandments are not burdensome. His yoke is easy. His burden is light (1 John 5:3; Matthew 11:30).
With love in Christ,
Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada
On January 6 Orthodox Christians celebrate the Baptism of Christ.
Services at the Church:
- Thursday, January 5, 6 p.m. – Blessing of Water
- Friday, January 6, 6:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
The following Sunday, January 8, at 4 p.m. the Orthodox Churches in the Jackson area will celebrate this together by blessing the waters of the Ross Barnett Reservoir and plunging a Cross into it. Participating Churches are Holy Trinity and St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church, Jackson, St. Peter Orthodox Church, Madison, and Holy Resurrection.
Join us at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 8, at Old Trace Park on the Reservoir. Afterwards we eat together at the nearby Cock of the Walk Restaurant.
Our Lord’s Baptism is one of the major events of His life. All four Gospels start His public ministry at the Jordan. It is an image of His entire work of salvation: He descends into the water just as He has descended from Heaven to earth to take our life as His own, and as later He will descend into death to take our death as His own, win the victory over death and raise us to life with Him. It is the pattern of our own baptism, in which we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)”
Saturday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m.
Nativity Vigil: Great Compline and Matins
Sunday, Dec. 25, 9:30 a.m.
T. S. Eliot, The Cultivation of Christmas Trees
T.S Eliot, The Journey of the Magi
C. S. Lewis, Xmas and Christmas
For many years we have had a St. Nicholas party close to his feast day, December 6. This year it was on December 4 after the Sunday Liturgy. Our children presented a skit of St. Nicholas saving a ship in a storm. There were songs and crafts and of course food. Surprisingly St. Nick himself appeared with treats for young and old.
Lorena Ann Hunsinger, twin sister of our member Gerry Hunsinger, fell asleep in the Lord Monday, December 5, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Visitation will be at 1:30 p.m. and a funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday, December 9, at Sebrell Funeral Home, 425 Northpark Dr, Ridgeland (Directions. ) Burial will follow in the Clinton Cemetery. Lorena was Roman Catholic; the funeral will be conducted by Fr. Tom McGing of Holy Saviour Catholic Church in Clinton.
Following the burial, refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church next to the cemetery.
Born June 8, 1954, Lorena was the daughter of Bert and Virginia Hunsinger of New Orleans.
May her memory be eternal.
It’s easy for Orthodox get annoyed and complain about the American celebration of Christmas. For one thing, it’s all overblown, giving the impression that Christmas rather than Easter is the ‘Feast of Feasts.’ And Americans ‘celebrate’ Christmas at the wrong time: there’s no idea of fasting in anticipation for it, and by the time Christmas Day comes around most people are worn out with it. And of course the frenzy of gift-giving lays a burden on the givers, many of whom secretly feel ‘Bah! Humbug!’ while they say, ‘Ho, Ho, Ho.’ The sentimental emphasis on family and togetherness can be deeply depressing to those whose families are not so together.
We could go on. Certainly for those of us who are converts to Orthodoxy, there is also a temptation just to enjoy being different, to scorn others’ celebrations just to make it clear that we know better. Some want to use the old calendar for no better reason. T. S. Eliot called it:
…the piety of the convert
Which may be tainted with a self-conceit
Displeasing to God and disrespectful to the children…
–(The Cultivation of Christmas Trees)
As we think of these things, let us think of what is being celebrated, Our Lord’s Birth in the flesh. We believe that the One born of Mary in the cave is the eternal Word of God. All things were made by Him. As such He is totally holy, and totally different from this world and its culture. Yet in being born He takes our life, our world, our culture as His own, and indissolubly unites it with His divine Life. The Jesus we see in the Gospels does participate in the culture he finds Himself in. He attends dinners and wedding parties, to the extent that His critics call him a glutton and a winebibber (Matt. 11:19). He participates in the worship of the Temple and the Synagogue, although He is the One who will fulfill this worship. He accepts gifts from people, even gifts some consider excessive or inappropriate, such as the fragrant ointment with which the woman anointed His feet (John 12:3-8). In every case He looks not on the outward appearance, but on the heart (1 Sam. 16:7) and honors the good intentions of those involved.
As much as we may wish American Christmas customs were different, many people of good will do try to express genuine love through them. The desire for unity and affection within families, the desire to make little children happy, the desire that no one be cold or hungry at this time, the desire that those who work together should share food and drink as friends at this time, and sing about the birth of Jesus even in the bank or shop–these are certainly not wicked things, and we should be grateful they are possible in our culture. We certainly can participate in these things with joy and discretion, while still preparing to honor His birth more perfectly in the Nativity Divine Liturgy.
Everyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy.
Thank You, O Lord, for having accepted this Eucharist, which we offered to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and which filled our hearts with the joy, peace and righteousness of the Holy Spirit.
Thank You, O Lord, for having revealed Yourself unto us and given us the foretaste of Your Kingdom.
Thank You, O Lord, for having united us to one another in serving You and Your Holy Church.
Thank You, O Lord, for having helped us to overcome all difficulties, tensions, passions, temptations and restored peace, mutual love and joy in sharing the communion of the Holy Spirit.
Thank You, O Lord, for the sufferings You bestowed upon us, for they are purifying us from selfishness and reminding us of the “one thing needed;” Your eternal Kingdom.
Thank You, O Lord, for having given us this country where we are free to worship You.
Thank You, O Lord, for this school, where the name of God is proclaimed.
Thank You, O Lord, for our families: husbands, wives and, especially, children who teach us how to celebrate Your holy Name in joy, movement and holy noise.
Thank You, O Lord, for everyone and everything.
Great are You, O Lord, and marvelous are Your deeds, and no word is sufficient to celebrate Your miracles.
Lord, it is good to be here! Amen!
— Last Sermon of Fr. Alexander Schmemann, Thanksgiving Day, 1983
UPDATE: Recordings of Fr. Stephen’s talks at the retreat may be heard here.
- The Garden of Purpose
- The Garden of Propitiation
- The Garden of Participation/The Garden of Promise
The ladies of St. Peter, Holy Trinity – St. John the Theologian, and Holy Resurrection Orthodox Churches invite you to a retreat for women on Saturday, November 12th, 2016, at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Clinton, MS.
We are blessed to have as our guest speaker the V. Rev. Stephen Rogers of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church, Franklin, TN.
When: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Registration Time: 9:00 a.m.
Cost: The fee for the retreat is $20.00 and must be mailed in with your registration form. This fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Information on scholarships is available on the registration forms.
Where: Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, 414 East College Street, Clinton, MS 39056
For registration forms or more information email us at: