Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church
5501 Old Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17109 + 717-652-1825
2020 Parish Photos (Updated 4/24/2020)

Holy Pascha - 2020 - 04/19/2020

Christ is Risen! Христос Воскресе!

Χριστός Ανέστη! المسيحقام!

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic the community of Christ the Saviour celebrated the Passion, Death, Burial, and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with a modified schedule and a small "crew" of servers and singers. Glory to God for all things! Please visit to access our parish YouTube Channel and Facebook Page and view recordings of the services and other resources.  

(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!

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Holy Saturday - 04/18/2020

On Holy Saturday families from our community decorated the parking lot in preparation for the Great Feast of Holy Pascha and our (in vehicle only) basket blessing. Glory to God for their love for Christ’s Holy Church and their creativity!

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Holy Week - 04/11/2020

As we continue to walk with Christ on His voluntary Passion, even during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the community of Christ the Saviour would like to present a gallery of some of the beautiful "home altars" and decorations at the homes (a.k.a. - "little churches") of our parish community! Indeed Christianity is a faith of resilience and beauty... whatever the circumstances! 

"Holy Week from Home" Resource

Live Stream Services of Holy Week and Pascha

YouTube -

Facebook -

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Sunday of the Last Judgement - 02/23/2020

On Sunday, Feb 23rd the community of Christ the Saviour gathered on the Lord's Day to celebrate to Sunday of the Last Judgement (Meat-fare). After the proclamation of the Gospel, Fr. Daniel Kovalak offered an inspiring homily about Matthew 25 and led the children (and all of us) in a song he wrote to help us remember "as long as you've done it to the least of these, you've done it unto Me!" May the Lord help us to remember this truth as we enter into the Great Fast. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Mark, our newly elected parish council was installed. May God grant them wisdom, peace, and faithfulness in fulfilling their vocation to our parish and His Holy Church. 

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Day 2 of the 56th Diocesan Assembly - 01/24/2020

56th Diocesan Assembly (Day 2 - Friday, Jan 24) Clergy and delegates were led at the Divine Liturgy by His Eminence, Arch Bishop Mark. Fr. Thomas Soroka offered an inspiring homily. A special thanks to Rdr. Christopher Rakowski and the choir of Christ the Saviour for a prayerful and beautifully sung Liturgy.

Following brunch, the Assembly reviewed administrative, financial, and ministry/department reports.

Next years Assembly will be Thu, Jan 28 - Fri, Jan 29 (2021) at Holy Trinity in Wilkes Barre.

Glory to God for all things!

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Day 1 of the 56th Diocesan Assembly - 01/23/2020

56th Diocesan Assembly (Day 1 - Thursday, Jan 23), under the leadership of our Diocesan Bishop - His Eminence, Arch Bishop Mark, who gave his opening address.

Fr. John Dresko, presenting on OCCIF
Fr. Thomas Soroka, keynote, speaking on Parish Revitalization

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2020 River Blessing - 01/19/2020

On Sunday, January 19th the Orthodox parishes of Greater Harrisburg gathered at City Island Park for the 12th Annual Pan-Orthodox Great Blessing of the Susquehanna.

His Grace the Right Reverend Irinej (Dobrijevic), Bishop of Eastern America of the Serbian Orthodox Church, presided at our service. In addition we welcomed clergy and faithful from the following communities:

+ Annunciation Orthodox Church (GOA) in Lancaster
+ Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church (OCA) in Harrisburg
+ Holy Apostles Orthodox Church (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 Holy Trinity Cathedral for a delicious luncheon and wonderful fellowship. Glory to God for all things!

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