Great Lent Begins February 18

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.



Theophany: The Baptism of the Lord



On January 6 Orthodox Christians celebrate the Baptism of Christ.

Services at the Church:

  • Friday, January 5, 6 p.m. – Blessing of Water
  • Saturday, January 6, 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

The following Sunday, January 7,  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 the Cock of the Walk restaurant  on the Reservoir. The Blessing will take place at the waterside to the left of the restaurant. Afterwards we go inside and eat together.

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)”

Services for the Nativity of the Lord


Sunday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m.

  • Nativity Vigil: Great Compline and Matins

Monday, 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

Snow in Mississippi!

December 8, 2017

O ye ice and cold, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
O ye frost and snow, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.

— Daniel 3: 69



Sisters from Belarus to Visit Saturday, December 2

On Saturday, December 2, after Vespers, we will have a meal and hear Sister Anastasia and Sister Maria of St. Elizabeth’s Convent, Minsk, Belarus, give a presentation on the history and service of their community that helps children without parental support, the patients of the psychiatric hospital, and the sufferers from alcohol and drug dependence. They will also have icons and other religious items for sale, just in time for Christmas gifts. We will also collect an offering for them. This is a worthy and interesting cause; come hear them.  See Pictures.


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Come and see! – Inquirers Classes Wednesdays 7 p.m.

Classes will begin at 7 p.m. following the 6 p.m. Vespers service. (Except on Nov. 22)

Classes will be taught by Father Paul Yerger


2017 Orthodox Women’s Retreat

Note: Fr. Barnabas will also speak Friday evening, November 3, at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity – St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church, 5725 Pear Orchard Rd, Jackson, MS 39211 – Directions

Men and women are welcome and it is free with no registration.

Here are recordings of Jim Thorn’s interview by phone with Fr. Barnabas on WYAB radio:

First segment

Second Segment


2017 Orthodox Women’s Retreat

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 4th, 2017, at Holy Trinity – St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church, Jackson, Ms. We are blessed to have as our guest speaker Father Barnabas Powell of Saints Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, Georgia.

Father Barnabas Powell

Taming the Passions: The Orthodox Lifestyle of Freedom

 The Orthodox Faith offers us a way of life that makes our desires our servants rather than our masters. With our passions tamed and useful, we become the people God has created us to be: Like Him and free to enjoy Him forever. This Orthodox way of life is a lifelong spiritual journey that protects us from the intoxicating lies that so easily entangle us and blind us to God’s love and mercy.

  • When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • Where: Holy Trinity – St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church, 5725 Pear Orchard Rd, Jackson, MS 39211 – Directions
  • Registration Time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Cost: The fee for the retreat is $25.00 and must be mailed in with your registration form by November 1. This fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Information on scholarships is on the registration form.
  • Phone: Holy Trinity – St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church (601) 355-6325
  • Please see the registration form for additional information.
  • About Fr. Barnabas

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 Wednesday, September 13, 6 p.m.

Divine Liturgy Thursday, 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)

+ Archbishop Dmitri – Memory Eternal!

We will serve a Memorial  Service Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Vespers for Archbishop Dmitri, the beloved founder of our Diocese and founding Bishop of Holy Resurrection Church.

Archbishop Dmitri fell asleep in the Lord early Sunday morning, August 28, 2011, at the age of 87.

May his memory be eternal!


Dormition of the Theotokos

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

Tuesday, August 15, 6:30 a.m. – Divine Liturgy

Fr. Thomas Hopko :  Dormition of the Theotokos

Fr. Stephen Freeman: Why the Orthodox Honor Mary

Fr Matthew Baker: A Great Sign