2010 Content


Because of predicted snow and sleet, we think it best to call off the blessing this year.
We have been blessed with good weather many years, but this seems too bad to cope with.

Matins and Liturgy Sunday morning at Holy Resurrection will still be held.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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 at the Vigil Service 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 9. We invite you to join us for all these services.

Nativity of the Lord

Friday, December 24--Vigil of the Nativity--6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 25--Divine Liturgy--9:30 a.m.

Circumcision of the Lord, Feast of St. Basil

Friday, December 31--Great Vespers, New Year's Prayers--6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 1--Divine Liturgy--9:30 a.m.

Theophany- Baptism of the Lord

Wednesday, January 5--Blessing of Water--6:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 6--Divine Liturgy--6:30 a.m.
Sunday, January 9--Blessing of Water--4:00 p.m. at Old Trace Park, Ross Barnett Reservoir

Read more about the Incarnation of the Lord

Read more about the Nativity Services

Read more about the Theophany Services

Christmas in America

Christmas Gifts

The Real Meaning of Christmas

Pictures of Previous Water Blessing

Marriage of Jacob and Hannah

November 7, 2010


St. Nicholas Party

Our St. Nicholas Party was held Sunday evening, December 5, following Great Vespers. This annual event is very popular with our adults as well as children. It included a meal, arts and crafts, reading stories about St. Nicholas, a trivia contest, and a surprise visit from St. Nick.

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ALS Walk

October 9, 2010

We had a good turnout of Holy Resurrection members in honor of our member Tony Varner.
To learn more about ALS or make a donation, go to www.alsa.org

How Can I Join This Church?

We don’t hurry anyone to join; many people “visit” for years. But after visiting a while, if you wish to be a member, speak to the priest. Those wishing to be members are received as catechumens (learners), and usually spend at least a year attending the services and learning the Faith. Then if they have not already received Christian Baptism they are Baptized, and in any case are Chrismated (anointed with oil as the “Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit”) and given Holy Communion, which makes them full members. Pictured here are Carson and Rebecca, with their children Gabriel, Genevieve, and Elizabeth, and Becky, who were received as catechumens August 15.

Holy Resurrection Talent Smackdown

August 1, 2010

  • Just for Fun and Fellowship
  • A good time was had by all
  • Who knew we had such stars?

    More pictures by Heidi Robinson
    Video by Igor Pavlenko


    The Jesus whom Paul Preacheth

    Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
    June 29

    In the Acts of the Apostles we read an amusing incident. When St. Paul was at Ephesus, certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth... And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded (Acts 19:13-16).

    These “name droppers” were impostors, since they knew neither Paul nor Jesus. But they were right to identify the Lord as Jesus whom Paul preacheth. The Jesus we believe in is the one whom Paul, and Peter, and Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and all the apostles and the saints proclaim.

    Many people today want Jesus without Paul, that is, without a relationship to the apostles and the Church.
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    so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death ... For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. (Romans 6:3-5)

    Blessing of Graves

    Orthodox customarily bless the graves of their loved ones during the Paschal season, as we "look for the Resurrection of the dead." Father Paul blessed graves in three cemeteries this year.

  • Why Pray for the Dead?
  • Some Orthodox Prayers for the Departed

    so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death ... For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. (Romans 6:3-5)

    Christ is Risen!

    Holy Week and Pascha Pictures

  • Holy Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Vespers
  • Holy Friday - Procession through the cemetery
  • Holy Saturday morning Baptisms and Divine Liturgy
  • Holy Saturday night - Paschal Procession, Matins and Divine Liturgy

    Pictures by Heidi Robinson

    Join Us for Holy Week

    March 27 - April 4, 2010

    The Orthodox Holy Week and Pascha services set before us a rich feast of Christian experience that no seeker of God should miss. The four Gospels devote more space to the week before our Lord's death than all the rest of His life and teaching. Beginning with the Raising of Lazarus, the Orthodox services give us each day scriptures, hymns, and liturgical actions that enable us experience these saving events as realities in our time. Make plans to join us for these.

    Holy Friday Evening, 2008
    Procession with the Epitaphios (image of the shroud of the Lord)
    through the Clinton cemetery next to the Church

    Great Lent Begins

    March 7, 2011

    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

  • What is Lent?
  • Read more about Lent
  • Schedule of Services


    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 (Epiphany)

    Baptism of the Lord

  • Tuesday, Jan. 5 - 6 p.m. Blessing of Water in the Church
  • Wednesday, Jan. 6 - 6:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy
  • Sunday, Jan. 10 - 4:00 p.m. Blessing of Water at Old Trace Park, Ross Barnett Reservoir - Directions

    We invite you to join us for all these services.
    For more information call 601 924-2441.

    On January 6 Orthodox celebrate the Baptism of the Lord in the Jordan River (Mark 1:9-11 and parallels). His descent into it and rising from it show us in advance His Death and Resurrection. The voice of the Father calls Him His beloved Son, and the Holy Spirit descends on Him in the form of a dove, so the event is also a revelation of the Holy Trinity.

    In celebration of this we bless a basin of water in the Church and plunge a Cross into it as an image of Our Lord's descent into the water. We drink some of this water and in the days ahead the priest visits each member's home and sprinkles the water as a sign of the renewal of the world by the Lord's descent into it.

    The following Sunday all the local Orthodox Churches gather at the Ross Barnett Reservoir for an outdoor blessing. The Reservoir is part of the Pearl River, so we are asking the Lord's blessing on the whole Pearl River Valley and indeed the whole world. During this service we throw a Cross into the water and swimmers retrieve it.

    Churches participating will be

  • Holy Trinity and St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Jackson
  • St. Peter Orthodox Church, Madison
  • St. George Orthodox Church, Vicksburg
  • Holy Resurrection.

  • At last year's service the Cross was retrieved by Ryan Harner, son of Father Chris Harner of Holy Trinity and St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Jackson.

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