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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!