Clinton Orthodox Church Hosts Open House


Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church

Open House

Sunday, December 28, 2008

3:00-5:00 p.m.

414 East College Street

Clinton, Mississippi


In 2006 Holy Resurrection bought the former Mount Salus Presbyterian Church property at 414 East College Street, Clinton. Since then the worship space has been transformed into a traditional Orthodox Christian temple. A beautiful icon screen and two large candle stands were built of cherry wood by member Christopher Haddad. Eight large hand painted icons and many smaller ones adorn the interior space. Most of the icons were painted by an Orthodox priest, Father Andrew Tregubov, of Claremont, New Hampshire, one of the most knowledgeable and talented iconographers in the country. Icons are paintings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, His mother and the saints, as well as events such as the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. They must be painted according to tradition, since they help teach the Faith.

Inside the Church, the absence of pews and a dark wood floor with several oriental rugs makes the space seem large and majestic. A Russian-style gold flame dome on the roof supports a cross and identifies the building as distinctively Orthodox.  In front of the Church, four Greek bells announce the services.

The classroom wing was also renovated and an attractive and well-stocked bookstore makes available a variety of Orthodox books, icons, CDs and other items.

We are grateful to God for making this beautiful space available to us. Come have some coffee and sweets with us and take a tour of our church home. Father Paul Yerger and others will be in the Temple to explain the icons, and the bookstore will be open. The Church is located at 414 E. College St., Clinton, Mississippi. For more information call 601 924-2441 or go to

A Visit from St. NIck

Our annual St. Nicholas party has become a favorite of adults as well as children. This year it took place Saturday, December 6, after Vespers. After a tasty meal, St. Nicholas made a surprise appearance and distributed candy. Older children acted out the story of St. Nicholas' helping the poor man with his daughters. We learned to sign a song about St. Nicholas and adults enjoyed a game of Trivia about the saints. Before the party, the children left their shoes on the doorstep and afterwards found that St. Nicholas had filled them with (chocolate) gold coins.

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Life of St. Nicholas

First Divine Liturgy Served in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The Divine Liturgy was served for the first time in Hattiesburg October 25 in the Danforth Chapel at the University of Southern Mississippi by Fr. Matthew Jackson of Christ the Saviour Church, McComb, Mississippi, and Fr. Paul. Over 35 people were present, most of them Hattiesburg residents or USM students or faculty. Vespers is served there every Thursday evening.
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Sister Natalia and Sister Olga at Holy Resurrection, July 30, 2008

Correction: They are not nuns, but Sisters of Mercy, something we don't have in Orthodoxy in America. There are 100 of them in Minsk. They work at other jobs and give their time to assist the 70 nuns in their hospital ministry. They are not under vows; eventually some may become nuns or marry. The sisters are wonderful young women and were much appreciated by a good crowd who came to hear them.

Nuns from Belarus to Speak Here

Sister Olga and Sister Natalia, two nuns from the Orthodox Monastery of St. Elizabeth in Minsk, Belarus, will speak at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, on Wednesday, July 30, at 7 p.m.

The monastery is situated on the premises of a state-supported psychiatric hospital that treats about 12,000 patients a year. The sisters offer spiritual help to the mentally disabled adults and children, alcoholics, drug addicts and other disadvantaged people. The monastery has also acquired a parcel of land where about 60 people -- previously homeless, alcoholics, drug addicts, or prisoners -- live and work. The sisters try to help them start a new life. Work has begun on the organization of an orphanage.On the premises of the monastery are a variety of workshops producing religious items such as hand-painted and printed icons, ceramics, embroidery, beeswax candles, vestments, woodwork, and CDs.

The sisters will speak and show a film about their life and service and accept donations for their charitable work and for the further construction of the monastery. The public is invited to the Vespers service at 6 p.m. in the Church and the sisters’ talk in the Parish Hall at 7 p.m.

For more information call 601 924-2441.

Icon painted at St. Elizabeth's of Soviet-era martyr Pavlin, Bishop of Mogilev (1879-1937)

Christ is Risen!

Holy Week and Pascha Pictures

April 19-27, 2008

Beginning with the Raising of Lazarus, the Orthodox Holy Week services set before us each day scriptures, hymns, and liturgical actions that enable us to experience the saving events of Our Lord's work as realities in our time.

  • Holy Friday Evening
    Procession through the Cemetery
    Pictures by Heidi Robinson

  • Holy Saturday Morning
    Initiation of New Members
    Pictures by Heidi Robinson

  • Pascha Midnight
    The Resurrection Service
    Pictures by Steve and Christina Long
    Sound by St. Vladimir's Seminary Choir
  • Holy Friday Evening
    Procession with the Epitaphios (Icon of the Shroud of Christ) through the old Clinton Cemetery adjacent to the Church

    Sunday of Orthodoxy - March 16

    Orthodox Christians celebrate the first Sunday of Great Lent as the Sunday of Orthodoxy, remembering the restoration of the Holy Icons to the Churches on this Sunday in A.D. 843, after they were suppressed about 90 years by heretical Byzantine emperors.

    In America it has become customary for all Orthodox Churches in a city or area to hold a service together in witness to our unity in the Faith. This year's service will be held at St. Peter Orthodox Church in Madison. Father John Henderson, Pastor of St. Peter's, will preach. St. Peter's recently completed an extensive renovation of their buildings, doubling the size of the Temple and adding a bell tower topped by a gold dome and cross.

    Other Churches participating include Holy Trinity and St. John the Theologian in Jackson, St. George's in Vicksburg, Christ the Saviour in McComb, and Holy Resurrection. The picture at right is of the 2006 service held at Holy Trinity and St. John the Theologian.

    The service will begin at 6 p.m. The public is invited to this service and fellowship afterwards.

    Directions to St. Peter's
    Orthodox Churches in Mississippi
    About Icons

    Great Lent Begins Monday, March 10

    Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian

    (Said on all weekdays of Great Lent)

    O Lord and Master of my life, Take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust for power and idle talk.

    But give 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.

    Archbishop DMITRI's Lenten Letter

    Fr. Thomas Hopko on Great Lent

    What is Lent?

    On Forgiveness

    Lenten Services

    Mother Magdalena

    of the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, spoke at Holy Resurrection February 12-14, 2008.

    Here are recordings of her talks.


  • February 12 - The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand
  • February 13 - Joyful Prayer
  • February 14 - The Peace that Passes Understanding

    About Mother Magdalena

    Mother Magdalena grew up in a family of ten children, which she says was an excellent preparation for the monastic life. She has been a nun for 16 years. At the Monastery she manages the bookstore and does bookkeeping, gives retreats, and does other obediences as well as the monastic life of worship and prayer. Before becoming a nun, Mother Magdalena was involved in social work, as a counselor in an agency for teens and later as administrator of a school for children from homeless families. She has roots in Mississippi, with relatives who served in the Confederate army.

    About Holy Transfiguration Monastery