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Rebuilding Hbg - 04/29/17

On Saturday, April 29th over 20 members of Christ the Saviour parish (Harrisburg) participated in a community service day with "Rebuilding Together Harrisburg" http://www.rtgh.org/.

 

It was a wonderful time of service and fellowship as we served Christ through the homeowner (Mat. 25). 

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Holy Fire - 04/29/17

The Holy Fire, which miraculously emerges from the Tomb of Christ in Jerusalem each Pascha, continues to be distributed to parishes throughout N. America (and all over the world), and was received by our parish on Saturday, April 29th before Vespers. This continues to be a blessing for our parish, and tangible reminder of our physical and spiritual connection to the Empty Tomb and the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! Learn more about the Holy Fire by clicking HERE.

 Link: http://www.holyfire.org/eng/

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St.Thomas Sunday - 04/23/17

Christ is Risen!    Христос Воскресе! 

Χριστός Ανέστη!   المسيح قام!  

On Sunday, 23rd the community at Christ the Saviour celebrated our patronal feast - St. Thomas Sunday (Antipascha); At the conclusion of the Liturgy the clergy and faithful also made a Paschal procession and offered a blessing to commemorate our parish feast, as well as to bless the bell tower renovations completed by Vladimer Kellachow as part of his Eagle Scout project. A special thanks to our Men's Club who prepared a delicious meal to celebrate our Parish Feast.

(Aposticha Hymn) Oh, most glorious wonder! Doubt bore certain faith. Thomas said: “Unless I see, I shall not believe!” By touching His side, he blessed the incarnate Son of God, Who had suffered in the flesh, and he proclaimed the resurrected God, crying out with joy: “My Lord and my God, glory to Thee!” 

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Bright Monday - 04/17/17

Throughout Bright Week, our community will gather to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection. On Monday we were joined by clergy and faithful from our local Orthodox Churches: Holy Apostles Orthodox Church (Mechanicsburg); Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Camp Hill), and St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church (Steelton) for the Divine Liturgy. Fr. Timothy Hojnicki, pastor of Holy Apostles, gave an inspiring homily about the joy of the Resurrection! His Eminence Archbishop Mark presided from the throne, and led us in the Paschal procession that followed!

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Holy Pascha - 04/16/17

Christ is Risen!           Христос Воскресе!

Χριστός Ανέστη!        المسيحقام!  

Late Saturday evening (April 15), and “while it was still dark” into Sunday (April 16), our community gathered for the “Feast of Feast, and Holy Day of Holy Days”. It was a special joy for us to have our father in Christ, and Diocesan hierarch Archbishop Mark with us for Pascha services!

Ode 1 - Canon of Holy Pascha

It is the day of Resurrection, let us be illumined O ye people, Pascha, the Pascha of the Lord, from death unto Life and from earth unto Heaven has Christ our God led us singing the song of Victory! Let us purify our senses, and we shall behold Christ, radiant with the light ineffable of the Resurrection, and shall hear Him say in accents clear, rejoice as we sing the song of victory. For meet it is that the Heavens should rejoice, and that the earth should be glad, and the whole world, visible and invisible, should keep the feast, for Christ, the everlasting joy is Risen!

 

AGAPE VESPERS

At 12pm on Pascha Day, we gathered for the Agape Vespers. During the Vespers we read the Gospel in 12 languages, including American sign-language!

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Great and Holy Friday / Saturday - 04/14/17

Vespers of Great and Holy Friday (Burial Service)

In the afternoon on Friday, April 14th our community gathered for the Burial Vespers, in which we participate in the death of the Son of God upon the Cross. The Body of our Lord is tenderly removed from the Cross, and wrapped in a burial shroud, assisted by the children of our community. Later the Plaschenitsa (Holy Shroud depicting the Body of our Lord) is processed and placed in the Tomb in the center of the Church and venerated by the faithful!

 

Matins of Great and Holy Saturday (Lamentations)

In the evening on Friday, April 14th our community gathered for the Matins and Lamentations, in which we sing songs of love and tenderness to our Lord in the Tomb. This service also marks the transition from the solemnity of Holy Friday and our Lord’s Crucifixion and Death, to the first announcements of His harrowing of Hades (Old Testament prophecy of Ezekiel and the resurrection of the “dry bones”; and the Epistle and Gospel lessons), following our return from our procession around the church.

 

(Holy Friday Burial Vespers Aposticha) Joseph, together with Nicodemus, took Thee down from the Tree, Who clothe Thyself with light as with a garment. He gazed on Thy body – dead, naked, and unburied, and, in grief and tender compassion, he lamented: “Woe is me, my sweetest Jesus! A short while ago, the sun beheld Thee hanging on the Cross, and it hid itself in darkness. The earth quaked in fear at the sight. The veil of the Temple was torn in two. Lo, now I see Thee willingly submit to death for our sake. How shall I bury Thee, O my God? How can I wrap Thee in a shroud? How can I touch Thy most pure body with my hands? What songs can I sing for Thy Exodus, O compassionate One? I magnify Thy Passion. I glorify Thy burial, and Thy holy Resurrection, crying, ‘O Lord, glory to Thee!’

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Paschal Play - 04/09/17

Following Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday, April 9th the community of Christ the Saviour in Harrisburg was treated to its first Paschal Play entitled "Our Risen Lord". The extensive production was a labor of love amongst the talented parishioners of our community. A special thanks to our director Angie DiFlorio, and all of the cast and crew! Bravo! 

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Palm Sunday - 04/09/17

On Sunday, April 9th the community of Christ the Saviour (Harrisburg) celebrated the Feast of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem - Palm Sunday. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy we processed around the church, carrying the palms (and pussy willows) of victory - reminding us that Christ the King has come to defeat death by His death and establish His Kingdom which has no end!

TROPARION -  By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy passion, Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, O Christ God! Like the children with the branches of victory, we cry out to Thee, O Vanquisher of Death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord! 

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Fr Dan's 90th Birthday - 03/26/17

On Sunday, March 26th Christ the Saviour community celebrated Fr. Daniel Ressetars 90th Birthday (actual date March 27th). Our parish surprised him with a new set of red vestments, and held a luncheon in his honor at Fellowship. May God bless Fr. Dan with continued peace, prosperity, and good health as he continues to serve our parish, and the Church - even as he officially becomes a nonagenarian! Mnogaya Lyeta!

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OCF/IOCC Real Break - 03/20/17

From Monday, March 20th - Saturday, March 25th Fr. Stephen Vernak, the pastor of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church in Harrisburg, PA, served for the second year as the clergy leader for an OCF/IOCC Real Break service trip to New Orleans. There were 6 students from throughout the country who participated in this years project, including one from our Diocese - Benjamin Solak from Holy Trinity in Stroudsburg. The main focus of the trip was to serve two New Orleans families whose homes are being built by Habitat for Humanity West St. Tammany Parish

 

To find out more about OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship) visit: www.ocf.net

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Sunday of the Cross - 03/19/17

On Sunday, March 19th (Sunday of the Cross), the faithful of Christ the Saviour welcomed our archpastor - His Eminence, Archbishop Mark, who was accompanied by Deacon Andrew Nelko. At the Hours he tonsured John Shingara to the order of Reader; and at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy Archbishop Mark installed our newly elected parish council. May God grant Reader John, his wife Sharon, and our newly installed parish council members many blessed years!

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St Tikhon Seminary Choir - 03/12/17

On March 12th (St. Gregory Palamas), the community of Christ the Saviour in Harrisburg welcomed the St. Tikhon Seminary Mission Choir. The choir sang beautifully under the direction of Benedict Sheehan. Third year seminarian Fr. Mikel Hill delivered a wonderful homily, encouraging us in our Lenten struggle! 

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Triumph of Orthodoxy - 03/05/17

On Sunday, March 5th the clergy and faithful of Christ the Saviour marked the first Sunday of Lent by celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy with an icon procession. Our community also held its Annual Parish Meeting following the Divine Liturgy. Glory to God for all things!

Excerpt from the Synodikon of Orthodoxy (787 AD)
As the prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught, as the Church has received, as the teachers have dogmatized, as the Universe has agreed, as Grace has shown forth, as Truth has revealed, as falsehood has been dissolved, as Wisdom has presented, as Christ Awarded, thus we declare, thus we assert, thus we preach Christ our true God, and honor as Saints in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in Holy Icons; on the one hand worshipping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord; and on the other hand honoring as true servants of the same Lord of all and accordingly offering them veneration. 

This is the Faith of the Apostles!
This is the Faith of the Fathers!
This is the Faith of the Orthodox!
This is the Faith which has established the Universe!

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Diocesan Assembly - 01/26/17

From Thursday, January 26 - Friday, January 27 the community of Christ the Saviour hosted His Eminence Archbishop Mark and the clergy and faithful from throughout the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern PA. The spirit of the Assembly was peaceful, the liturgical services were beautiful, and the hospitality was gracious and delicious! Many thanks to all our parishioners who offered their time and talents in hosting this important event!

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Annual River Blessing - 01/22/17

On Sunday, January 22nd the Orthodox parishes of Greater Harrisburg gathered at City Island Park for the 9th Annual Pan-Orthodox Great Blessing of the Susquehanna. Amongst those present were clergy and faithful from the following communities:

  • Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church (OCA) in Harrisburg
  • Holy Apostles Orthodox Mission (OCA) in Mechanicsburg
  • Holy Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Church (SER) in Lebanon
  • Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (GOA) in Camp Hill
  • St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (SER) in Oberlin

Following the River Blessing, the clergy and faithful gathered at Agia Sophia Coffeehouse and Bookstore (www.agiasophiaharrisburg.com) for fellowship and a soup/chili cook-off. 

  • Agia Sophia has donated over $26,000 to local charities in its 6 years of ministry/business!

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