The History of our Parish

Father Borjan Vitanov stands outside the Holy ResurrectionBeginnings. . . The Holy Resurrection Church in Lebanon is the Serbian Orthodox Church’s second oldest in the United States. It was consecrated on October 19, 1916 built by the local Serbian community that emigrated here from Serbian lands in the early 1900s in hopes of finding a better life. They were attracted to Lebanon and other central Pennsylvania towns at the turn of the 20th Century, not only because of the jobs in the steel and coal industry but because the rolling hills and rivers reminded them of their homeland. With faith playing a central role in their lives, the congregation decided in the spring of 1915 to build a place of worship, and 18 months later, the close-knit community had its own church, social hall and parish house. Many families had to take out mortgages on their homes, so all three buildings could be built at the same time. A stone commemorates the renovations done in 1954 toThe unpretentious church – renovated with a red brick facade in 1954 – may look ordinary from the outside, but inside it is literally a priceless work of art. Its’ walls and ceiling are adorned with frescoes painted in 1918 by Serbian artist Svetozar Popovic, whose works hang in the Louvre in Paris and other museums. In October, 2016 the Lebanon Parish celebrated its gala centenary.

1 Response to The History of our Parish

  1. Tom Maiello says:

    Wow, an amazing history of dedicated and faithful Christians who loved our Holy Lord and built the Church we enjoy today. And, Svetozar Popovic’s beautiful work which fills the Church is impressive as is the fact that he had work in the Louvre and other museums! Such a wonderful heritage for all of us to enjoy.

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