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.