HOLY RESURRECTION ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL is a parish community of the Diocese of Philadelphia & Eastern Pennsylvania of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Our bishop, Archbishop MARK (Maymon), provides spiritual oversight for our community. The parish community was founded in 1892 by Fr. Alexis Toth (now a canonized saint in the Orthodox Church).
As of May 1st, all services are still suspended at the Cathedral.
With that said. There has been a lot of concern as we work together to develop a parish specific plan for reopening in the future. Please read the following synopsis from Archbishop Mark.
Last updated on 5/16/2020:
Guidelines for cleaning facilities:
Note: Once we return to having services, proper protocol will be to contact the parish priest ahead of your visit. Social distancing will demand that the parish you plan to visit will be able to accommodate additional attendees on the date you wish to attend!
Please read this posting from our Chancellor, The V. Rev. Raymond M. Browne about our current diocesan survey: https://doepa.org/reopeningsurvey
The survey is a very important part of moving forward to reopen our diocese and parishes. All parishioners are encouraged to complete the survey online or by submitting a hard copy to: Fr. Michael Shepard, 18 Lake Quinn Rd, Waymart, PA 18472, ASAP. Here is the link to print the survey hard copy for USPS mailing: https://doepa.org/files/Messages/2020/Survey/DOEPA-SURVEY.pdf
Your answers will help the diocese address any concerns you may have about your personal safety and returning to community worship in the days, weeks and months ahead. The results of the survey combined with state and federal directives will be used to develop an appropriate timeline and protocol for moving forward. Parish councils are currently working to establish their new parish specific protocols for updated Temple cleaning, PPE and social distancing that will be used to protect our faithful upon reopening.
As you are forming your responses to the survey please take the time to review the latest in depth directive from the OCA. https://www.oca.org/cdn/PDFs/synod/2020-0501-covid-synod-directives.pdf
Pascha Message from Archbishop Mark:
Link to Current Livestreaming Services:
Guidelines for Funerals:
CDC Corona Virus Updates can be found on the the link below:
Previous postings from DOEPA
Earlier postings from the Synod of Bishops
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Saturday- Great Vespers 4:00 pm, see DOEPA Directive
Sunday- Prayer of the Hours 8:40 am & Divine Liturgy 9:00 am, see DOEPA Directive
Eve of Major Feast Days - Great Vespers 6:00 pm (followed by holy Confession), see DOEPA Directive
Major Feast Days - Divine Liturgy 9:00 am, see DOEPA Directive
Rector: Fr. Gregory G. White Sr. 570-822-7725 email@example.com
Mitred Archpriest Vladimir Petorak: Pastor Emeritus
Protodeacon: Sergei Kapral
Mr. John Hawranick Jr.: Choir Director, 570-900-1699 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Michael Pieck: Board of Directors President
Catechism Classes - For those who are interested in joining the Orthodox Church instruction classes are offered on a continual / rotating basis. For more information contact Fr. Gregory at 570-822-7725 or email him at: email@example.com
Orthodox study group currently reading: Matthew The Poor, Orthodox Prayer Life, The Interior Way, by Father Matta El-Meskeen, St. Valdimirs Press, ISBN 978-0-88141-250-5. Tuesday nights @ 6:30 p.m. at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral 591 N. Main St. Wilkes-Barre, PA. Bring your Orthodox Study Bible! First time visitors should call ahead of time to confirm the weekly schedule. Many of the following books are rated four to five stars. They are recommended reading for those who want to know more about the Holy Orthodox Faith and the early Church!
Thirsting for God in a Land of Shallow Wells by Matthew Gallatin, St. Valdimir's Seminary Press, ISBN 978-1-888212-28
The Truth, What Every Roman Catholic Should Know About the Orthodox Church by Clark Carlton, Regina, Salisbury, MA
The Faith, Understanding Orthodox Christianity, An Orthodox Catechism also by Clark Carlton
The Way, What Every Protestant Should Know About the Orthodox Faith also by Clark Carlton
Knowledge of God by Dr. Harry Boolas, St. Tikhon's Seminary Press ISBN 978-1-878997-83-8
Members of the Holy Orthodox Faith, or the more advanced inquirer are encouraged to also check out the following titles. They will help with your understanding of who Jesus Christ is.... What happened to the early Church? Does it still exist? What's Orthodox Salvation all about?
Matthew The Poor, Orthodox Prayer Life, The Interior Way, by Father Matta El-Meskeen, St. Valdimirs Press, ISBN 978-0-88141-250-5
The Soul's Longing An Orthodox Christian Perspective on Biblical Interpretation by Dr. Mary Ford ISBN 978-0-9905029-6-8
A must read for those that struggle with Biblical Interpretation in this day and age of Denominationalism. Read how the early Church understood the Holy Scripture and it's Tradition.
The Orthodox Study Bible by Thomas Nelson Publishing. Full of comemtary, teachings, references and study articles ISBN 978-0-7180-0359-3
Orthodox Spirituality by Metropolitan Nafpaktos Hierotheos, Birth of the Theotokos Monastery ISBN 978-960-7070-20-3
Passions and Virtues According to St. Gregory Palamas by Anestis Keselopoulos, St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, ISBN 1-878997-75-0
Acquiring the Mind of Christ by Archimandrite Serguis, St. Tikhon's Monastery Press, ISBN 978-0-995029-9-9
Glory and Honor, Orthodox Christian Resources on Marriage by Dr. David Ford, Dr. Mary Ford and Alfred Kentigern Siewers. Editors, St. Valdimirs Seminary Press, ISBN 9789-0-8841-540-1. A must read before you get married!
Angels and Demons by Dr. Harry Boosalis, ISBN 978-1-878997-83-8
Holy Traditon by Dr. Harry Boosalis, ISBN 978-0-9884574-2-3
Orthodox Spiritual Life According to Saint Silouan the Anthonite by Dr. Harry Boosalas, St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, ISBN 978-1-878997-60-9
Man the Target of God by Archimandrite Zacharias, Mount Tabor Publishing
The following series of titles expand even more on Wisdom and Spirituality inspired by the Holy Spirit by the Monastic life on Mount Athos. The three stages of Orthodox Christian Salvation; Purification, Illumination and Deification are outlined throughout these timeless resources.
Remember Thy First Love by Archimandrite Zacharias, Mount Tabor Publishing
Enlargement of the Heart by Archimandrite Zacharias, Mount Tabor Publishing
The Hidden Man of the Heart by Archimandrite Zacharias, Mount Tabor Publishing
Saint Silouan the Anthonite by Archimandrite Sophrony, Mount Tabor Publishing
Information on Mount Athos