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

Fr. Patrick Reardon to Speak Here November 4 -6

HEAR NOV. 4 TALK – God’s Living Word

HEAR NOV. 5 TALK – The Structure of Salvation

HEAR NOV. 6 TALK – The Life of Prayer

NOTE: Our member Jim Thorn interviewed Fr. Patrick by telephone on his radio show Thursday, October 30, on WYAB 103.9 FM, Jackson, MS. You can hear the two-part interview here: FrPat1,  FrPat2.


  • Tuesday, Nov. 4 – God’s Living Word
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5 – The Structure of Salvation
  • Thursday, Nov. 6 – The Life of Prayer

All talks at 7 p.m. in Archbishop Dmitri Parish Hall at Holy Resurrection

Fr. Patrick is the Pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church in Chicago and a Senior Editor of Touchstone Magazine.

He is a prolific writer and popular speaker, especially on the Holy Scriptures and issues of Christianity and culture. He brings quite a varied experience, having studied at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; St. Anselm’s College in Rome; The Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome; and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. He also spent some years as a Trappist monk at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, where his spiritual father was Thomas Merton.

His books include: Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, The Trial of Job, and Chronicles of History and Worship.

Read more about Fr. Patrick and hear him speak here:

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+ Tony Varner

Our much-loved member Tony Varner fell asleep in the Lord Wednesday, October 29, 2014 after more than five years struggle with ALS.

Visitation will be held at Holy Resurrection Church Friday, October 31, from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 7 p.m.

The Divine Liturgy will be served Saturday, November 1, at 10 a.m. followed by burial in the Clinton Cemetery next to the Church and a Mercy Meal in the Archbishop Dmitri Parish Hall.

May his memory be eternal.

Obituary from The Clarion-Ledger

Memories by Lynn Varner

Tony says…

Sermon at Funeral Vigil October 31

Sermon at Funeral Liturgy November 1 – The Place of the skull has become Paradise

Song by Jacob Lipking sung at Mercy Meal - © Jacob Lipking 2014

+ Archbishop Dmitri – Memory Eternal!

We will serve a Panikhida Wednesday, August 27, 2014 after Vespers and Sunday, August 31, 2014, after Liturgy for Archbishop Dmitri, the 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.

We are re-posting this page on the third anniversary of his repose.

May his memory be eternal!


New Mural Installed



A new mural has just been installed in our Temple. It is twelve feet wide and eight feet high and depicts two scenes from St. John’s Gospel, The Samaritan Woman at the Well and the Healing of the Blind Man. It is on the left wall at the front, directly behind our choir. We thank an anonymous donor for this beautiful gift; may the Lord reward him. The icon was painted by Fr. Andrew Tregubov of Claremont, NH. Fr. Andrew painted on canvas in New Hampshire and local wall covering craftsman Gary Atchley installed it.

Icons (images) in Orthodox churches are not considered “art” as the term is used today, because they are not intended to express the painter’s personal creativity. They proclaim what the Church teaches about the persons or events depicted. Each must be painted according to traditions handed down for many centuries, as the icons are one of the ways the Faith is taught. When we stand in Church to worship, we are surrounded by icons of the “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12:1) of Christians who have gone before us, and the saving works of God in history, in which we now participate.

These icons are part of a long-range plan by which the whole interior of the Temple will be painted. Already there is a large icon on the ceiling of Christ Pantocrator (ruler of all things), and other large icons of his Mother, of the Raising of Lazarus, the Crucifixion, the Descent of Christ into Hades, the Appearance of Christ at the Sea of Tiberias (John 21:1), the Ascension and Pentecost, and St. John the Baptist, as well as many portrait-size icons of the saints.

We invite you to visit the Church and see these beautiful murals.


Dormition of the Theotokos

August 15
Thursday, August 14, 6 p.m. – Great Vespers

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

About the Feast

Transfiguration of the Lord

August 6


Vigil (Vespers and Matins) Tuesday, August 5, 6 p.m.


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


About the Feast