+ Lorena Ann Hunsinger

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.


What About American Christmas?

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.

Thank You, O Lord!

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

Retreat for Women November 12, 2016

UPDATE: Recordings of Fr. Stephen’s talks at the retreat may be heard here.



God’s Gardens

  • 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:



+ Archbishop Dmitri – Memory Eternal!

We will serve a Panikhida Sunday, August 28, 2016, after Liturgy 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!


Sexuality and Gender: New Scientific Study

Because issues regarding gender and sexuality are the central doctrinal and pastoral stumbling block for Christians of our time, we want to call your attention to an ususual recent publication by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer, an epidemiologist trained in psychiatry, and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, arguably the most important American psychiatrist of the last half-century, according to The New Atlantis journal. Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence. The report has a special focus on the higher rates of mental health problems among LGBT populations, and it questions the scientific basis of trends in the treatment of children who do not identify with their biological sex.

The authors are physicians and scientists and are not writing from any religious point of view. You can read the whole report in the New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society here.

We recommend reading at least the Executive Summary.

Note this article about Dr. McHugh.



Baton Rouge Flood

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The OCA church there was not damaged but Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church was.  To help, see their website or International Orthodox Christian Charities.


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Classes on Orthodox Christianity

Classes on Orthodox Christianity are taught on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., after our 6 p.m. Vespers service.

These classes will deal with Scripture, especially the Gospels, Orthodox worship and teaching, and a personal life of prayer. Each class will last about an hour. They will be suitable for the curious,  those wishing to become Orthodox, and Orthodox members who just want to learn more.

No pressure will be put on anyone to join the Church.

For more information email or call Fr. Paul.

About Fr. Paul




Dormition of the Theotokos

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

Monday, August 15, 9:30 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

Transfiguration of the Lord

August 6


Great Vespers Friday, August 5, 6 p.m.


Divine Liturgy Saturday, August 6, 9:00 a.m.


Thou wast transfigured on the mount. O Christ God, revealing Thy glory to Thy disciples as they could bear it. Let Thine everlasting light shine upon us sinners. Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Giver of Light, glory to Thee (Troparion).

On the mountain wast Thou transfigured, O Christ God, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold Thee crucified, they would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father (Kontakion).