2024 Parish Photos (Updated 7/1/2024)

Pentecost - 06/23/2024

On Sunday, June 23rd the faithful of Christ the Saviour celebrated the great and holy feast of Pentecost! Following the Divine Liturgy and Kneeling Vespers we enjoyed our Annual Parish International Day, where we were treated to the cuisine and aesthetics that comprise our culturally diverse community - united in the All Holy Trinity! A special thanks to coordinator Angie DiFlorio and all our parishioners who offered food this year!

Troparion of the Feast: Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God; Who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit. Through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net - O Lover of man, glory to Thee!

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Sunday of Blind Man - 06/09/2024

On Sunday, June 9 the community of Christ the Saviour welcomed Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, who concelebrated the Divine Liturgy and gave a beautiful homily on the life of St. Columba, Enlightener of Scotland (listen). Because it was the last Sunday of Pascha, we celebrated it by offering "one last procession", proclaiming the Resurrection of Christ by taking our faith outside the four walls of our church. Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!

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2024 Graduates - 06/02/2024

On Sunday, June 2 the community of Christ the Saviour recognized our Class of 2024 Graduates. May the Lord continue to guide and bless them! Glory to God for all things!

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Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers - 05/19/2024

Christ is risen! On Sunday, May 19 (Holy Myrrhbearing Women) the community of Christ the Saviour welcomed OCMC Missionaries to Mexico, Michael and Carlyn Pak. Michael, who will be graduating from St. Tikhon Seminary over Memorial Day weekend, offered a beautiful homily reflecting on the vocation of the Myrrhbearing women, and their example of a motive of love for Christ. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy we honored our Sunday School Director Sophia Kellachow, and our Sunday School Teachers who sacrificially offer themselves in service to our parish youth. At fellowship Michael and Carlyn shared more about the Diocese of Mexico and their mission field, and the Sunday School Students enjoyed an egg hunt (which was postponed from last week), and a carnival themed end of school year celebration. As you can see  - a good time was had by all! Glory to God for all things! 

To learn more about OCMC Missionaries, Michael and Carlyn Pak, and to support their ministry, please click this link.

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Great and Holy Pascha - 05/05/2024

Christ is Risen! Христос Воскресе! Χριστός Ανέστη!

Late Saturday evening (May 4), and “while it was still dark” into Sunday (May 5), 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!

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Great and Holy Saturday - 05/04/2024

Great and Holy Saturday Vesperal Liturgy with 15 Old Testament Readings (Harrisburg, PA)
"Arise O God and judge the earth, for to Thee belong all the nations!"

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Holy Friday Vespers and Matins - 05/03/2024

Burial Vespers & Lamentations of Holy Saturday at Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church, Harrisburg, PA

(sung of Holy Friday evening)

"Joseph, together with Nicodemus, took Thee down from the Tree, Who clothe Thyself with light as with a garment. He gazed on Thy body – dead, naked, and unburied, and, in grief and tender compassion, he lamented: “Woe is me, my sweetest Jesus! A short while ago, the sun beheld Thee hanging on the Cross, and it hid itself in darkness. The earth quaked in fear at the sight. The veil of the Temple was torn in two. Lo, now I see Thee willingly submit to death for our sake. How shall I bury Thee, O my God? How can I wrap Thee in a shroud? How can I touch Thy most pure body with my hands? What songs can I sing for Thy Exodus, O compassionate One? I magnify Thy Passion. I glorify Thy burial, and Thy holy Resurrection, crying, ‘O Lord, glory to Thee!’”

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Twelve Passion Gospels - 05/02/2024

Twelve Passion Gospels - "Glory to Thy longsuffering O Lord!"

(Troparion) 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!


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Holy Unction - 05/01/2024

On Great and Holy Wednesday (May 1) the community of Christ the Saviour celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Unction - interceding the Lord’s mercy, and the healing of soul and body.

(Excerpt from the Third Prayer of Holy Unction) Yes, Lord, send forth from heaven your healing power; touch the body, quench the fever, calm the suffering and chase away every lurking infirmity. Be the physician of your servants; raise them up from their bed of pain and their couch of distress; give them to your Church safe and sound, well-pleasing to you and doing your will.

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Palm Sunday - 04/28/2024

Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!

On Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 the faithful of Christ the Saviour (Harrisburg) celebrated the Great Feast of the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday). We were especially blessed to be led in our celebrations by His Eminence Archbishop Mark. At Liturgy we welcomed John Romain (who was Baptized on Friday evening) and Joseph Middelkoop into the Orthodox Church through the Mystery of Holy Chrismation! May God grant them many years!

(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!

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First Holy Confession - 04/21/2024

On Sunday, April 21 several children who have been studying throughout the past few months to make their first Holy Confession received a prayer book to commemorate their first confession the evening before (Saturday, April 20). A special thanks to our instructors Lydia Mantle, Samantha Lopez, and Bette Ann Slivka; and to the St. Mary Altar Guild for sponsoring the prayer books. We hope that each of us will be renewed in the great joy that comes from the Mystery of Holy Confession - the great gift Christ has given to His Church which allows us to be healed, forgiven, and reunited with Him.

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St. Tikhon Seminary Mission Choir - 04/07/2024

On April 7, the 3rd Sunday of Lent commemorating the Veneration of the Precious Cross, the St. Tikhon Seminary Mission Choir visited the community of Christ the Saviour and sang the responses at the Divine Liturgy. Fr. John Parker (Seminary Dean) offered an inspiring homily (listen), and the choir lifted our hearts as they sang not only beautifully - but prayerfully! Our faithful especially enjoyed learning more about the seminarians at the fellowship hour. Glory to God for all things!

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Lent Adult Education Series-1 - 03/26/2024

On Tuesday, March 26 the community of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church (Harrisburg, PA) hosted the first of four talks for our 2024 Lent Adult Education Series - "Our Journey to Pascha: the services of Great Lent". To watch a recording and access the slide deck please visit: https://www.ctshbg.org/greatlent2024

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Triumph of Orthodoxy - 03/24/2024

On Sunday, March 24th the community of Christ the Saviour celebrated the first Sunday of Great Lent (the Triumph of Orthodoxy) in thanksgiving to God for His many blessings. At the Liturgy we celebrated a procession commemorating the restoration of the holy icons. Glory to God for all things!

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.

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Great Blessing of the Susquehanna - 01/21/2024

On Sunday, January 21st the Orthodox parishes of Greater Harrisburg gathered at City Island Park for the 15th Annual Pan-Orthodox Great Blessing of the Susquehanna, in which we ask the Lord to bless the waters, and to heal us and our community!

Participating were clergy and faithful from the following parishes:

  • 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
  • Gettysburg Orthodox Mission (OCA) in Gettysburg

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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Baptism and Chrismation - 01/07/2024

On Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7 the community of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church welcomed Herman (Richard), Olga (Corina), and Lydia Hall into Christ's Holy Church through the Sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation; and Monique (Adriel) Armstrong through the Sacrament of Chrismation! May God grant them "many years" as a faithful member of the Body of Christ!

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Theophany Vigil - 01/05/2024

On Friday, January 5th the community of Christ the Saviour celebrated the Compline and the Great Blessing of Water of Theophany. 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.

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St Basil's Day - 01/01/2024

On Sunday, Dec 31 the community of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church welcomed the Baird family into the Catechumenate of the Orthodox Church; then on Monday, Jan 1 celebrated the Circumcision of Christ (8th day of Christmas), St. Basil the Great, and our Civil New Year. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy Vasilopita (St. Basil's bread) were offered by parishioners in honor of the saint and with petitions for the New Year. Glory to God for all things!

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