Ascension of the Lord

Vespers Wednesday, May 20, 6 p.m.

Divine Liturgy Thursday, May 21, 6:30 a.m.

About the Ascension


+ Vivian Haddad

Vivian Haddad

Vivian Haddad, a much-loved founder of Holy Resurrection Church, fell asleep in the Lord Thursday, May 14, after a long illness.

Vivian’s body will be brought to the Church Saturday at 4 p.m. and will remain there until the burial.

Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Church, followed by the Orthodox Funeral Service at 6 p.m.

The Divine Liturgy will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, followed by burial in the Clinton Cemetery next to the Church, and the Mercy Meal will follow in the Archbishop Dmitri Parish Hall.

May her memory be eternal!

Read Obituary

 Funeral Sermon

Join Us for Holy Week

Saturday, April 11, 11:30 p.m. – Procession, Paschal  Matins, Divine Liturgy and Feast

Sunday, April 12, 4 p.m. – Paschal Vespers and Feast

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

April 4 – 12, 2015

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:

+ Fr. Thomas Hopko

Fr. Thomas Hopko

Fr. Thomas Hopko reposed peacefully today, March 18, shortly after 3 pm.

Obituary and funeral schedule:

Information regarding live streaming of funeral services for Fr. Thomas Hopko will be posted at:




The following was presented to Fr. Thomas at his last visit to Holy Resurrection in February, 2012:

Whereas in 1977

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

sacrificially shared his home and entire summer vacation

with Paul Yerger and his family

to teach him and prepare him for ordination

and sent him on his way to Mississippi

with all things needed for a church;

and whereas during 35 years he has made five journeys here

to enlighten and encourage our community;

and whereas he continues to support us in our journey

by his books, recordings, and personal conversation

and especially by his prayers;

we recognize him with gratitude as a

Founder and Benefactor

of Holy Resurrection Church.

February 16, 2012


May his memory be eternal.

+ Terry Bouchillon

Our much-loved member Terry Bouchillon of Raymond fell asleep in the Lord March 16 after a long illness.

Visitation will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Holy Resurrection Church, followed by a Panikhida (Prayer Service) at 6 p.m.

The Funeral Service will be Wednesday, March 18, at 10 a.m. at the Church, followed by burial at Lakewood Cemetery and a Mercy Meal at the Church.

May her memory be eternal!

Father Thomas Hopko Illness

Fr. Thomas Hopko

Please pray for Father Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary and long-time friend of Holy Resurrection, who has been hospitalized in Pittsburgh with congestive heart failure. He is very weak and  cannot receive phone calls or answer email. He does appreciate cards sent to 3042 Creek Lane, Ellwood City PA 16117.

His daughter Juliana Thetford has set up a website for updates on his health:


Great Lent Begins February 23

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.







Dr. Christopher Veniamin is Professor of Patristics at St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Professor Veniamin will give three presentations based on his recently-released book, The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition.



180 St. Augustine,  Madison, MS

February 2-4, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

Dr. Veniamin is a spiritual child of elder Sophrony of Essex and Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan PA, where he has served for the past 20 years. He received his first degree in Theology from the School of Theology in the University of Thessalonica, and his doctorate from the University of Oxford.

For more infoirmation call St. Peter Orthodox Church at 601 856-3894.

This program is open to the public.

Water Blessing at Reservoir CANCELLED

They predict 50% chance of rain Sunday, high of 50 degrees and 5-10 MPH winds, so the Water Blessing at the Reservoir is CANCELLED.

All services at the Church will be held as usual.


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 14. We invite you to join us for all these services.

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

Theophany: Baptism of the Lord
Monday, Jan. 5,  6 p.m. – Blessing of Water in the Church
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 6:30 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
Sunday, Jan. 11, 4 p.m. – Blessing of Water at Ross Barnett Reservoir

Directions to Old Trace Park, Ross Barnett Reservoir

Read more about the Theophany Services

Services for the Nativity of the Lord


Wednesday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m.

  • Nativity Vigil: Great Compline and Matins

Thursday, 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