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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Dec 25, 2008
      http://www.clintonnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081225/FAITH/812250302/1006

      December 25, 2008

      Holy Resurrection sets open house at church

      Special to The Clinton News (Clinton Mississippi)

      Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton will host an open house
      from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, and the public is invited to tour the church,
      browse the bookstore and enjoy refreshments.

      In 2006, Holy Resurrection bought the former Mount Salus Presbyterian
      Church property at 414 E. College St. Since then, the worship space
      has been transformed into a traditional Orthodox Christian temple.

      "We are grateful to God for making this beautiful space available to
      us," said Father Paul Yerger said. "Come have some coffee and sweets
      with us and take a tour of our new church home."

      A iconostasis and two large candle stands were built of cherry wood
      by member Christopher Haddad. Eight large hand-painted icons and many
      smaller ones adorn the interior space.

      Most of the icons were painted by an Orthodox priest, Father Andrew
      Tregubov of Claremont, N.H. Father Tregubov is one of the most
      knowledgeable and talented iconographers in the country, said Yerger.

      More icons are being commissioned as funds allow.

      Icons are paintings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, His mother and the
      saints, as well as events such as the crucifixion and the
      resurrection, Yerger said. Their painting must be executed according
      to tradition since it is an integral way in which the faith is handed down.

      An open interior space without pews and a dark wood floor with
      several oriental rugs makes the space seem large and majestic.

      On the roof, a Russian-style gold flame dome supports a cross and
      identifies the building as distinctively Orthodox. In front of the
      Church, four Greek bells serve to announce high points in the services.

      The classroom wing was also renovated. and a well-stocked bookstore
      makes available a wide variety of Orthodox books, icons, CDs and other items.

      For more information, call (601) 924-2441 or visit
      <http://www.holyres.net>www.holyres.net.