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St. Tikhon Seminary Mission Choir - 05/13/18

On May 13th, the Sixth Sunday of Holy Pascha, the St. Tikhon Seminary Mission Choir visited the community of Christ the Saviour and sang the responses at the Divine Liturgy. Fr. Steven Voytovich (Seminary Dean) offered a poignant homily, reminding us that spiritual blindness is only cured by the Illumination of Holy Baptism and Christian living. It was a special joy to welcome back our former choir director, Rdr. James Latimer, and his growing family! Sunday was also Mother's Day, and our parish "O" Club sponsored gifts for all of the women of our parish. Glory to God for all things! Christ is Risen!

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St Thomas Sunday - 04/15/18

Christ is Risen! Христос Воскресе!


Χριστός Ανέστη! المسيح قام!


On Sunday, April 15th the community at Christ the Saviour celebrated our patronal feast - St. Thomas Sunday (Antipascha). We were especially blessed by having hierarch, Archbishop Mark, to celebrate with us, and to set-aside through the laying-on of hands, Sbdn. John Shingara to the Holy Diaconate. Axios! He is Worthy! "Many years" to Dn. John and M. Xenia as they continue to serve our parish, and Christ's Holy Church.


We also want to offer a special thanks to our Men's Club who prepared a delicious meal to celebrate our Parish Feast.


(Aposticha Hymn) Oh, most glorious wonder! Doubt bore certain faith. Thomas said: “Unless I see, I shall not believe!” By touching His side, he blessed the incarnate Son of God, Who had suffered in the flesh, and he proclaimed the resurrected God, crying out with joy: “My Lord and my God, glory to Thee!”

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Great and Holy Pascha - 04/08/18

Christ is Risen!           Христос Воскресе!

Χριστός Ανέστη!        المسيحقام!  

Late Saturday evening (April 7), and “while it was still dark” into Sunday (April 8), 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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Burial and Lamentations - 04/06/18

Vespers of Great and Holy Friday (Burial Service)

In the afternoon on Friday, April 6th 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 16th 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.

(Holy Friday Burial Vespers Aposticha) 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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Matins of Great and Holy Friday - 04/05/18

On Thursday, April 5th our community gathered for the Matins of Great and Holy Friday, commonly known as the “12 Passion Gospels”. We were reminded of our Lord’s betrayal, longsuffering in enduring cruel injustice, scourging, and crucifixion for our salvation.

It was a great blessing to have Fr. Seraphim Reynolds of Holy Ascension in Lykens, and Ss. Peter and Paul in Minersville here assisting us!

(Holy Friday 15th Antiphon)
Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Tree. The King of the angels is decked with a crown of thorns! He who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in the purple of mockery! He who freed Adam in the Jordan is slapped on the face. The Bridegroom of the Church, is affixed to the Cross with nails. The Son of the Virgin is pierced by a spear.

We worship Thy Passion, O Christ! 
We worship Thy Passion, O Christ! 
We worship Thy Passion, O Christ! 
Show us also, Thy glorious Resurrection!

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Palm Sunday - 04/01/18

On Sunday, April 1st the community of Christ the Saviour (Harrisburg) celebrated the Feast of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem - Palm Sunday. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy we processed around the church, carrying the palms (and pussy willows) of victory - reminding us that Christ the King has come to defeat death by His death and establish His Kingdom which has no end!

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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Triumph of Orthodoxy - 02/25/18

On Sunday, February 25th 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. We also asked God's blessing upon Molly Pylypciw who is preparing to participate in the OCF Real Break pilgrimage to Jerusalem. In addition, with the blessing of Archbishop Mark, we installed our newly elected parish council. Glory to God for all things!

2018 Parish Council

Parish Council President - Mark Yerke

Vice President - Sbdn. John Shingara

Recording Secretary - Samantha Lopez

Financial Secretary - John Dotsey

Treasurer - Dn. Peter Staller


Vestrypersons - Paul Hadginske, Alice Mallick, Dave Martin, Joseph McClure, Lorrie Pawlush, Mark Rodak, Gerald White


Auditors - Eleanor Herman and Larry Smith

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Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers - 02/24/18

On Saturday, February 24th the clergy and parishes of the Orthodox Council of Churches of South Central PA (OCCSCP) gathered at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church to celebrate Vespers for the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Our guest celebrant and homilist was His Grace, Bishop Neophytos of Nyeri and Mt. Kenya. The responses were led by Fr. Mark Sahady and a choir consisting of members from our local parishes. Following the Pan-Orthodox Vespers we were treated to a Lenten meal by the faithful of Annunciation parish.

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Mariamne (Winta) Gebre Baptism - 02/17/18

On Saturday, February 17th the community of Christ the Saviour welcomed Mariamne (Winta) Gebre into the Orthodox Christian Church through the Sacraments of Baptism & Chrismation. Congratulations to her parents Yordanos and Selemawi and all who came together to celebrate her participation in Christ's Death and Resurrection!

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Welcome Fr & Mat Oleksa - 02/11/18

On Sunday, February 11th the community of Christ the Saviour celebrated the Sunday of the Last Judgement, in preparation for the season of Great Lent. Before the Liturgy Yordanos Gebre received the 40th Day Churching Prayers, and we welcomed her back into the community. In addition, we offered prayers for her daughter Winta, who will soon be Baptized. Our community was also overjoyed to welcome back Fr. Michael Oleksa and his wife M. Xenia, who were visiting from Alaska. In his homily Fr. Michael inspired us to understand the Gospel as an invitation to action - to love as Christ loves us. Glory to God for all things!  

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Annual River Blessing - 01/21/18

On Sunday, January 21st the Orthodox parishes of Greater Harrisburg gathered at City Island Park for the 10th Annual Pan-Orthodox Great Blessing of the Susquehanna. Amongst 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 Agia Sophia Coffeehouse and Bookstore ( for fellowship and a soup/chili cook-off. 

  • Agia Sophia has donated over $35,000 to local charities in its 6 years of ministry!

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