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PARISH NEWS

On November 9, Holy Cross parishioners, choir members and Father Christopher served vespers at the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, at the request of many who are interested in starting an Orthodox Christian mission there.

We served the Molieben for Those Who Grieve at the Loss of an Infant. People from around the country, having learned about the upcoming service online, also contributed names of children who we prayed for.

We now have some additional photos from our annual parish Fall Picnic at City Lake Park!

The celebration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross was joyous and beautiful. We have some video excerpts and photos.

Elizabeth and Nicholas were married on Sunday, August 17, in a joyous and beautiful ceremony. We now have a brief video!

We have a few photos from the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.

We have a few photos from the Vespers and Divine Liturgy on Holy Transfiguration.

We now have photos from baptisms and chrismations on Holy Saturday.

We now have many wonderful photos from Pascha!

We now have many more photos from the baptism, chrismations, and Palm Sunday!

We have a video of the blessing of the baskets on Pascha.

We now have a video of some of the Paschal Matins service!

We now have a second video from Pascha on the same page as the first. This one is of the reading of the Gospel and continuing the procession into the church.

We have a video from the procession on Pascha, and hope to have more, soon!

We have some video excerpts from the Lamentations, including the procession of the faithful around the church following the Epitaphion/Plaschanitsa.

We have a video clip of the Procession of the Epitaphion/Plaschanitsa, laying Christ's Body in the Tomb.

We have some video and a few photos from the Service of the 12 Passion Gospels.

We now have some photos of the baptism and chrismations from Palm Sunday!

We have a brief excerpt from the service on the evening of Holy Wednesday.

We have a few snapshots from Vespers of Palm Sunday, and a short video clip of the procession. We hope to have more photos of Palm Sunday, including the Baptism and Chrismations soon.

We have some photos from the service of Annunciation.

We have some photos from our celebration of the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.

We celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy with a procession of icons.

We celebrated together the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in the first week of Lent, which will continue through Lent.

In the first week of Great Lent we gathered to celebrate the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.

We have a video and many wonderful photos from our Outdoor Blessing of the Waters at City Lake Park, on the Sunday following Theophany.

We have a few photos from the services of Holy Theophany.

We have a few photos from Holy Nativity.

Nativity prefeast services offered spiritual refuge from the stresses of the secular season, preparing us to celebrate Holy Nativity.

St. Nicholas visited Holy Cross, spoke, and gave gifts to all of the children!

We celebrated the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple.

We now have many wonderful photographs and a video of Betsey and Charles' wedding!

We have some photos of Betsey's (Mary's) chrismation!

We now have many wonderful photos of Archbishop Nikon's visit and his blessing of our land!

We have a number of videos from Archbishop Nikon's visit, his blessing of our land, and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Many parishioners worked together to clear the land for blessing by Archbishop Nikon.

Our celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos included welcoming six new Catechumens, and the Chrismation of 4 new members of the Faithful!

We have a few photos from the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.

On August 28, Elizabeth was welcomed as a Catechumen!

We have some photos from Elena's baptism a few weeks ago!

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Please see our Photos page for more photos, and our Parish News page for more about events in our parish.

Welcome to Holy Cross: The Orthodox Church serving the Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point area of North Carolina with services entirely in English.

Please Join Us in Celebrating the Feast

The earthly life of the Most Holy Theotokos from Her infancy until She was taken up to Heaven is shrouded in deep mystery. Her life at the Jerusalem Temple was also a secret. “If anyone were to ask me,” said St Jerome, “how the Most Holy Virgin spent the time of Her youth, I would answer that that is known to God Himself and the Archangel Gabriel, Her constant guardian.”

But from ancient times, the Church has celebrated the Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple. Indications that the Feast was observed in the first centuries of Christianity are found in the traditions of Palestinian Christians, which say that the holy Empress Helen (May 21) built a church in honor of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple. St Gregory of Nyssa, in the fourth century, also mentions this Feast.

The Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple foretells God’s blessing for the human race, the preaching of salvation, the promise of the coming of Christ. More...

Please join us in the festal celebrations! Vespers of the Feast will be at 6:30PM on Thursday, November 20th, and the Divine Liturgy will be at 8:00AM on Friday, November 21st.

The Truth of Jesus Christ brings healing, peace, joy and freedom. Our mission is to witness to his Truth to all people in the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point area.

Jesus Christ established one, and only one eternal and unchanging Church through His Apostles 2,000 years ago – the Orthodox Church – and he promised the gates of hell would not prevail against it. That Church is right here in the Triad area. We welcome everyone to join! More...

Do you want peace, consolation, healing and renewal?

The [Orthodox] Divine services are a blessed fount from which the heavenly Grace abundantly pours forth its gifts upon all those who serve the Lord in fullness of heart – gifts of mercy, peace, consolation, purification, sanctification, enlightenment, healing, renewal, and – what is most precious – the gift of worship, in Divine Liturgy and Holy Communion.

St. John of Kronstadt, "Thoughts on the Divine Liturgy"

The first Christians believed that Jesus Christ knows the suffering of humankind, and chose to become one of us, to live and die with and for us, to save us. So do we.

The first Christians believed that when two or three gather together in His Name, Jesus Christ is present in the midst of them. So do we.

The first Christians believed that when they offered bread and wine for blessing by God, they shared together the true Body and true Blood of Jesus Christ. So do we.

... because we are the first Christians!

The Orthodox Church is the Body of Christ, the ancient Church established by Jesus Christ once, now, and for all ages, unchanged in Faith since the times of the Apostles. No one has ever needed to try to "reform" the Orthodox Church, because it never strayed from the true path of Christ. Nor do the Orthodox need to try to "rediscover" the Apostolic Church, because the Orthodox Church is today what it always has been for more than 2,000 continuous years: the Apostolic Church.

Every Sunday we gather together to stand in the presence of the living God, lifting our hearts to join with the heavenly angels and all the saints, singing in psalms and hymns, in prayer and worship before God. We invite you to join us!

It can be intimidating to come to a new, unfamiliar church, so we have prepared resources for you to learn more about us. Our parish is located in High Point, near Greensboro and Winston Salem, North Carolina. You can learn about what you'll find on your first visit, when our services are, and how to find us. You can learn more about our parish, and about the Orthodox Christian Church.