Father Stephen Freeman
will speak at Holy Resurrection
February 4 -6, 2014
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 7 p.m.
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 and the book, Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe. He is also the author of the popular 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.
About a dozen Holy Resurrection members walked in honor of our member Tony Varner at the annual ALS Walk on October 26.
• …that teaches the historic Christian tradition entire and undistorted?
• …that has the most beautiful worship in Christendom?
• …that offers realistic guidance for personal prayer and spiritual warfare?
• …that clearly teaches the moral commands of Christ, but always has mercy for those who fall and struggle?
Today more and more Americans are finding in the original Christian Church the wholeness, sanity, and joy in the Body of Christ they had long been seeking.
Come and see! – Inquirers Classes Wednesdays 7 p.m.
• Oct. 16 – Worship: Heaven on Earth
• Oct. 23 – Personal Prayer: The Unseen Warfare
• Oct. 30 – Orthodox Christian Life
Classes will begin at 7 p.m. following the 6 p.m. Vespers service.
Photo by James Patterson
Come See our Temple
Open House Sunday, October 6, 2-5 p.m.
In the Church are large murals of Christ, His Mother, the Crucifixion, the Ascension, Pentecost, and the Raising of Lazarus, four large icons and many small ones. Icons are pictures of Our Lord Jesus Christ, His mother and the saints, as well as events such as the Crucifixion. They must be painted according to tradition because they are one of the main ways the Faith is handed on and taught, and people experience the Lord. All the murals and icons in our Church are hand painted. Most are by Father Andrew Tregubov of Claremont, NH, one of the most knowledgeable and talented iconographers in the U.S. More icons are being commissioned as funds and his time allow.
We are grateful to God for this beautiful worship space. Come have some coffee and sweets with us and see it. Father Paul and others will be in the Temple to explain the icons. Our bookstore will be open, where you can purchase Orthodox Christian books, recordings, icon prints, crosses and other devotional objects.
Vespers Friday, September 13, 6 p.m.
Divine Liturgy Saturday, September 14, 9 a.m.
Archbishop Dmitri, the founder of our Diocese and founding Bishop of Holy Resurrection Church, fell asleep in the Lord August 28, 2011, at the age of 87.
We will serve a Panikhida (Prayer Service) for him at Holy Resurrection Sunday, September 1, following the Divine Liturgy.
May his memory be eternal!
- Slide Show of His Life
- Interview with Fr. Stephen Freeman (audio recording)
- Archpastoral Letter of Archbishop Dmitri: The Commandment of Love (2007)
- Archbishop Dmitri’s Last Week
- Fr. Stephen Freeman Article
- Pictures of the Funeral
- Videos of the funeral
At this moment (August 19, 3 p.m. CDT) this is the top story on the Fox News site (text below). I’m glad this is finally getting some attention in the secular media.
Copts whose church was one of dozens destroyed by Muslim Brotherhood supporters have returned to the charred house of worship, with their pastor vowing the violence suffered by his flock will make them “better Christians.”
“This will learn us to be better Christians,” said Pastor Sameh Ibrahim of a torched congregation in Minya, the capital of Minya Governorate in Upper Egypt, where some 14 churches were reportedly attacked in recent days.
Across Egypt, at least 60 churches have been targeted, along with Christian schools, homes,businesses and even an orphanage, according to conservative estimates. In the areas of Minya, Beni Suef, Fayoum and Assiut, Christian homes and businesses have received leaflets warning them to leave or face reprisals by Islamists, Christians said.
Christian homes and businesses in Minya have reportedly been marked with black X’s to single them out for attack.
Another pastor in the area shares his concerns. “We live in our church, so when someone attacks out congregation, it’s as if our house is being attacked,” said Pastor John Amin of the Meni Mazar church in published remarks.
“Our children are afraid,” he added.
As violence envelops Egypt, Christians are paying a heavy price with scores of their most sacred buildings and monuments being systematically destroyed by members of the Muslim Brotherhood in what one Coptic leader called an attempt at ethnic cleansing.
The group, which is clashing with the military throughout the North African nation, has zeroed in on Christians since the Muslim Brotherhood-backed administration of Mohamed Morsi was ousted on July 3. The military removed him from power after he imposed several sweeping constitutional changes that appeared to put the nation of 90 million on a path toward Islamist rule.
“The Muslim Brotherhood continues its attacks on churches to implement their scheme, which includes ethnic cleansing and the forced displacement of Copts,” Abul Ezz el-Hariri, a Christian and former presidential candidate from Alexandria, told MidEast Christian News. “Egyptian churches are part of a blueprint by the MB to lure other Islamist groups.”
“The Muslim Brotherhood continues its attacks on churches to implement their scheme, which includes ethnic cleansing and the forced displacement of Copts.”
- Abul Ezz el-Hariri, a Christian and former presidential candidate
At least 50 Christian churches and schools have been looted and set ablaze since fierce fighting broke out last week. In one recent case, Islamists torched a Franciscan school and then paraded three nuns on the streets like “prisoners of war” before a Muslim woman offered them refuge, according to Catholic World Report.
The campaign of intimidation also has targeted the homes and businesses of Christians, who make up about 10 percent of the nation’s population. Egypt’s Christian community is one of the world’s oldest, and generally kept a low-profile before becoming more active after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and the rapidly spiraling Islamification that followed under Morsi.
Under fire, Christians are solidly backing the military’s harsh crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.
“The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt…confirms its strong stance with the Egyptian law enforcement, the armed forces, and all of the institutions of the Egyptian people in its confrontation of the violent armed organizations,” the nation’s Christian leader, Pope Tawadros II, said in a statement.
Monasteries, dioceses, churches, schools and other property of Copts have been targeted since government security forces broke up Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Raba al-Adaweya and Nahda squares on Wednesday.
Wednesday, August 14, 6 p.m. – Great Vespers
Thursday, August 15, 6:30 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
Vespers Monday, August 5, 6 p.m.
Divine Liturgy Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 a.m.