Dormition - 08/15/2021
On Saturday, Aug 14 and Sunday, Aug 15 the community at Christ the Saviour in Harrisburg celebrated the Great Feast of the Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos (Mother of God). At the Vespers the plaschenitsa of the Theotokos was entombed for the edification and veneration of the faithful. The following day at the Divine Liturgy we offered special prayers for Vasile and Elena Murariu for their 30th Wedding Anniversary and for our students and teachers as they return to school. We also blessed the flowers & herbs brought to honor the feast, as well as 48 backpacks will be distributed to students in our school district as part of the FOCUS Backpack program. Glory to God for His rich gifts!
Kontakion of the Feast - Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos, who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. For being the Mother of Life, she was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.
Hierarchical Visitation - 08/08/2021
On Sunday, August 8th, His Eminence Archbishop Mark made a hierarchical visitation to the community of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church. At the Liturgy he awarded Fr. Stephen Vernak the jeweled Cross on behalf of the Synod of Bishops. The Rt. Rev. Daniel Kovalak and V. Rev. David Vernak concelebrated the Divine Liturgy along with Dn. John Shingara. At the conclusion of the service newlyweds Eric and Otilia Schubert had the prayers of the removal of the crowns offered. Our community is thankful to Ab. Mark, clergy, servers, choir, and the assembled faithful for a beautiful and inspiring Liturgy!
Annual Vehicle Blessing - 07/18/2021
On Sunday July 18, the community of Christ the Saviour celebrated our annual vehicle blessing in honor of the feast of the great Prophet Elijah (July 20th).
"O Lord our God, Who dost ride upon the Cherubim; Who walks on the wings of the wind; Who didst send Thy servant the Prophet Elijah a chariot of fire, and Who with Thine All-Holy Spirit has inspired and guided the human mind to invent various and expedient means of transportation and travel: We give Thee thanks, O Master, for Thou has provided us, Thy servants, with these vehicles to serve our different needs." (Excerpt from the Prayer of Blessing of Vehicles)
Chrismations - 06/20/2021
On Sunday, June 20 the faithful of Christ the Saviour celebrated the great and holy feast of Pentecost. At the Liturgy we welcomed Matthew Deamer, and Andrew, Bekah, Nathan, Devin Joshua, Ava, & Liam Thomas Brown into the Orthodox Church through the Sacrament of Chrismation. May the Holy Spirit continue to “lead them into all Truth”.
2021 Graduates - 06/06/2021
On Sunday, June 6 the community of Christ the Saviour celebrated the final Sunday of Pascha, dedicated to the Blind Man, with a festal procession at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. We also recognized our Class of 2021 Graduates. May the Lord continue to guide and bless them, as some continue in their studies, and others begin to apply their education in the workforce! Glory to God for all things!
Holy Pascha - 05/02/2021
Christ is Risen! Христос Воскресе!
Χριστός Ανέστη! المسيحقام!
Late Saturday evening (May 1), and “while it was still dark” into Sunday (May 2), our community gathered for the “Feast of feasts, and Holy Day of holy days” - Great and Holy Pascha! This year, due to indoor gathering restrictions, we gathered under a large tent... glory to God for all things! Abundant thanks to all who worked so tirelessly to make it possible - Christ is Risen!
(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 Saturday - 05/01/2021
From Friday evening (April 30) until Saturday morning (May 1), the community of Christ the Saviour observed the all-night Grave Watch at the Tomb of our Lord. The faithful took 1-hour shifts being vigilant at the grave of our Lord. On Saturday morning we welcomed Ab. Mark for the Vesperal Liturgy (with 15 Old Testament Readings).
The great Moses mystically foreshadowed this day, when he said: God blessed the seventh day.” This is the blessed Sabbath. This is the day of rest, on which the only-begotten Son of God rested from all His works. By suffering death to fulfill the plan of salvation. He kept the Sabbath in the flesh, by returning again to what He was. He has granted us eternal life, For He alone is good, and the lover of man.
Burial Vespers and Lamentations - 04/30/2021
An impious and transgressing people – why do they imagine vain things? Why do they condemn to death the Life of all? O great wonder! The Creator of the world is betrayed into the hands of lawless men. He Who loves mankind, is lifted up upon the Wood, that He might free those bound in Hell, who cry: “O long-suffering Lord, glory to Thee!”
Passion Gospels - 04/29/2021
When the glorious disciples were enlightened at the washing of their feet before supper, then the impious Judas was darkened ailing with avarice, and to the lawless judges he betrayed Thee, the Righteous Judge. Behold, O lover of money, this man because of avarice hanged himself. Flee from the greed soul which dared such things against the Master! O Lord who art good towards all men, glory to Thee!