Holy Pascha - 04/28/19
Christ is Risen! Христос Воскресе!
Χριστός Ανέστη! المسيحقام!
Late Saturday evening (April 27), and “while it was still dark” into Sunday (April 28), our community gathered for the “Feast of feasts, and Holy Day of holy days” - Great and Holy Pascha!
(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!
Holy Friday - 04/26/19
Vespers of Great and Holy Friday (Burial Service)
In the afternoon on Friday, April 26th 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 26th 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.
Palm Sunday - 04/21/19
Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us!
On Sunday, April 21st the faithful of Christ the Saviour celebrated the Great Feast of the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday). May God strengthen us all as we continue on our journey with Christ through His voluntary Passion, Death, and Third Day Resurrection!
(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!
4th Lenten Lecture - 04/09/19
The Light of Christ Illumines All"
On Tuesday, April 9th our own Fr. Daniel Kovalak presented the fourth and final of our Tuesday Lenten Lectures on the theme of the Holy Scriptures. He focused his talk on the salvific revelation of Christ throughout the Scriptural witness, and how the Tradition (including Liturgy) provides the key to interpreting and safeguarding God's revelation to us!
Please visit our lecture page to listen to a recording:
Mission Choir - 04/07/19
On April 7th the St. Tikhon Seminary Mission Choir visited the community of Christ the Saviour and sang the responses at the Divine Liturgy. The singing was prayerful - heavenly! It was a special blessing to have second year seminarian, and our former choir director, Rdr. James Latimer deliver an inspiring homily.
Asking the Lord's blessing upon the administration, faculty, staff, seminarians, and families of St. Tikhon's - may God grant them many years!
NOTE: From Friday, April 5 - Saturday, April 6 our parish mixed and children's choirs (as well as parish clergy and readers) participated in a workshop led Rdr. Benedict and Maria Sheehan. Several pieces at the Liturgy were sung by a joint choir of Seminarians and our faithful.
Martha Rakowski - 04/02/19
On Tuesday, April 2nd our own Martha Rakowski presented the third of four Tuesday Lenten Lectures on the theme of the Holy Scriptures, entitled "The reading is from _" She focused her talk on the criteria applied by the Holy Fathers to decide which books made it into the New Testament Canon, and gave examples of other writings which were rejected for various reasons!
Please visit our lecture page to listen to a recording of this wonderful talk and others:
Fr Victor - 03/26/19
On Tuesday, March 26th we welcomed Fr. Victor Gorodenchuk for the second of four Tuesday Lenten Lectures on the theme of the Scriptures. He focused his talk on Scientific discovery, theories on the formation of the universe, and the ways in which many of these theories and discoveries align with the Biblical text.
Please visit our lecture page to listen to a recording:
Pan-Orthodox Vespers - 03/24/19
On Sunday, March 24th the community of Christ the Saviour hosted our local Orthodox parishes for Annunciation Vespers on the Second Sunday of Great and Holy Lent. Fr. Victor Gorodenchuk, Dean of St. Stephen Cathedral (Philadelphia), delivered an inspiring homily on the "Good News" of the incarnation of the Son of God! Following the Vespers our Altar Guild hosted a wonderful reception, assisted by our parish youth group! Glory to God for all things!
Sunday of Orthodoxy - 03/17/19
On Sunday, March 17th the clergy and faithful of Christ the Saviour marked the first Sunday of Lent by celebrating the Triumph (Sunday) of Orthodoxy with an icon procession.
Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers - 03/16/19
On Saturday, March 16 the clergy and parishes of the Orthodox Council of Churches of South Central PA (OCCSCP) gathered at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (York, PA) to celebrate Vespers for the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Our guest homilist was Hieromonk Herman from St. Tikhon's Monastery, who brought the myrrh-streaming icon of St. Anna for the edification of the faithful. The responses were led by Fr. Christopher Rocknage and a choir consisting of members from our local Orthodox parishes. Following the Pan-Orthodox Vespers we were treated to a Lenten meal by the faithful of Annunciation parish.
Marriage Workshop - 03/02/19
On Saturday, March 2nd the community of Christ the Saviour welcomed Fr. Alexander Goussetis, Director of the Center for Family Care (GOA), for a marriage workshop entitled “Renewed Day by Day: Enlivening our Marriage Commitment”. Using a variety of media, journaling, and group discussion, participants were given practical tools to steward their marriages. We are thankful for Fr. Alex’s ministry, may God grant him many blessed years!
Welcome John Romain - 02/24/19
On Sunday, February 24th, the community of Christ the Saviour welcomed John Romain into the Catechumenate of the Orthodox Church. We pray that the Lord will bless his time of study, and that in "due time" he will be united to the Holy Church. We also installed our newly elected Parish Council - may God grant them strength and discernment, as they help steward our parish!
Steven Christoforou Visits CTS - 02/10/19
On Sunday, February 10th the community of Christ the Saviour welcomed Steven Christoforou, the director of the Greek Archdiocese's Youth and Young Adult ministry (Y2AM). He was the retreat leader at the Annual Diocesan Winter Retreat (BeeTreat) from Friday, Feb 8 - Saturday, Feb 9th hosted by our parish (see the related photo gallery) - and stayed for the Liturgy on Sunday and preached a wonderful homily. Steven is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary, and is popular in Orthodox circles for his work on the programs "Be the Bee", "Pop Culture Coffee-hour", and "We are Orthodoxy" to name a few. Following the Divine Liturgy we gathered for our Annual Parish Meeting in the Fellowship Hall. Glory to God for all things!
Teen Retreat - 02/08/19
From Friday, February 8 - Saturday, February 9 the community of Christ the Saviour hosted the annual DOEPA Winter Teen Retreat (BeeTreat). Nearly 50 students came, from several Dioceses and Jurisdictions. This years retreat was led by Steven Christoforou, the director of Y2AM, best known for his work with the video series "Be the Bee". On Friday evening we also welcomed Shelley Brooks, the director of the Bethesda Mission Women's Shelter, who inspired our teens with her personal story, and how God called her to minister to homeless women and their children. Following her presentation the students prepared a meal that was served at the shelter the following day. Following morning prayers on Saturday, Steve took our students through deep and inspiring sessions on prayer, silence, active listening, and service to others. The sessions were filled with practical tools to engage Christ, ourselves, and our neighbors through the wisdom of the Church. We are thankful for the ministries of Shelley and Steve, to the members of our parish and the St. Tikhon Summer Camp program who came to help organize the event, prepare the meals, and serve as chaperones. Glory to God!
Susquehanna River Blessing - 01/27/19
On Sunday, January 27th the Orthodox parishes of Greater Harrisburg gathered at City Island Park for the 11th Annual Pan-Orthodox Great Blessing of the Susquehanna. Among 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 Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (GOA) in Camp Hill
- St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (SER) in Oberlin
Following the River Blessing, the clergy and faithful gathered at Holy Trinity Cathedral for a delicious luncheon and wonderful fellowship. Glory to God for all things!
Theophany - 01/06/19
On Sunday, January 6th the community of Christ the Saviour celebrated the Divine Liturgy of Theophany and the Great Blessing of Water. Glory to God for His glorious Appearance, and His rich gifts!
(Kontakion) Today Thou hast shown forth to the world, O Lord, and the light of Thy countenance has been marked on us. Knowing Thee, we sing Thy praises. Thou hast come and revealed Thyself, O unapproachable Light.