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The Services of the Pentecostarion

Just as the Lenten Triodion is the book of the extended season of preparation for Pascha, the Pentecostarion, called by some the Festal Triodion, is the book of the extended season of thanksgiving after Pascha, and of our preparation for Holy Pentecost.

During this time between Pascha and Pentecost, the Church offers us each week a different theme which deepens our focus and understanding.

This week, the focus is on the Apostle Thomas.

Liturgical Ornament

The Sunday of St. Thomas

“Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.” He was the only Disciple absent; on his return he heard what had happened but refused to believe it. The Lord came a second time; He offered His side for the disbelieving Disciple to touch, held out His hands, and showing the scars of His wounds, healed the wound of his disbelief.

Dearly beloved, what do you see in these events? Do you really believe that it was by chance that this chosen Disciple was absent, then came and heard, heard and doubted, doubted and touched, touched and believed? It was not by chance but in God’s providence. In a marvelous way God’s mercy arranged that the disbelieving Disciple, in touching the wounds of his Master’s body, should heal our wounds of disbelief. The disbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other Disciples. As he touches Christ and is won over to belief, every doubt is cast aside and our faith is strengthened. So the Disciple who doubted, then felt Christ’s wounds, becomes a witness to the reality of the Resurrection.

From a homily of St. Gregory the Dialogist.

From the Services of Thomas Sunday

The doors being shut and the Disciples assembled,

Thou didst appear to them as almighty, O Jesus our God.

Thou didst stand in their midst, giving them peace,

and didst grant the Holy Spirit to them,

commanding them to wait in Jerusalem

until they should be clothed with the power from on high.

Therefore we cry to Thee:

O our Illumination and Resurrection and Peace, glory to Thee!

 

Thomas, called the Twin, was not with the Disciples, O Christ,

when Thou camest to them through closed doors.

Therefore he doubted their word.

Thou didst not reject him for his faithlessness.

When he saw Thy side and the wounds in Thy hands and feet,

his faith was made certain.

Having touched and seen,

he confessed Thee to be truly God, not only man,

crying: “My Lord and my God, glory to Thee!”

 

When the doors were shut, Jesus came to His Disciples.

The Apostle Thomas, by divine dispensation, was not with them,

for he spoke these words:

“ Unless I see the Master myself,

unless I see His side flowing with baptismal blood and water,

unless I see those wounds, which have healed all mankind,

unless I see not a spirit, but flesh and bones, I will not believe.”

Glory to Thee, O Lord,

for Thou didst confirm Thomas in faith,

and hast trampled death by death!


Christ is Risen!

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O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory?

Christ is risen and you are overthrown!

Christ is risen and the demons are fallen!

Christ is risen and the angels rejoice!

Christ is risen and life reigns!

Christ is risen and not one dead remains in the grave!

For Christ, having risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.

From: The Catechetical Sermon of St. John Chrysostom


We offer some mediations and reflections on Holy Pascha.

Regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus!

Some important highlights from our latest guidance from our Archbishop:

  • Face coverings are still required at services but social distancing may be relaxed to three feet between members of different households.
  • Face Coverings are required when moving through the church building or parish hall, and at any meetings or fellowship. When seated at tables for coffee hour, meals, classes, or meetings coverings may be removed when proper distancing is maintained. Servers at meals and coffee hour must wear masks.
  • As of April 18th, we no longer need to sign up for services! We will have the overflow room in the hall with the live stream for those who choose to be there and will be able to receive Holy Communion. Anyone who wants to come to church can come while still being mindful of wearing a face covering and distancing.

More information is available on this page: Information on the COVID-19 Coronavirus for the Faithful.

At the Service of the 12 Passion Gospels

Recent Sermons and Articles

Building our Own House Churches: On the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple St. Luke (Voyno-Yasenetsky) Of Simferopol

Before all other deeds, remember about this great deed: that your children, innocent and pure children, take into their pure hearts the Law of God, the commandments of Christ, at least from the small amount of instruction that they can receive from you.

You have not yet forgotten the Law of God, so teach, teach your children, and then your family will become your house church. And the light of Christ from this house church will spread invisibly for you beyond the boundaries of your family.

The Light of Christ, His Divine Truth, will invisibly flow into the hearts and minds of all those who have dealings with you. It could be that the influence of your house church will go beyond its boundaries.

Then the eternal blessing of our Lord and God Jesus Christ, His Beginningless Father, and the All-Holy Spirit will be upon you. Article

Forgiveness Requires Courage: Fr. Alexis Trader.

The more we forgive, the more courage we gather within our heart which in turn makes it easier to forgive the next time, and the time after that, and seventy-times seven that follow. When we begin living according to a life in Christ, our world changes, we perceive those around us differently. We begin to see them as Christ sees them. Most importantly, we recognize the grace of Christ operative in our lives. We can then echo the words of Saint Paul, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phillippians 4:13) and that includes forgiving everyone, even those who have wronged us greviously. Article

Outdoor Blessing of the Waters, 2016

Parish News


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated Holy Pascha in our new home!


Holy Tuesday

Palm Sunday was a glorious celebration!


Holy Tuesday

We have some photos from the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross!


Holy Tuesday

Prayers at the Property have continued throughout the pandemic. Sergey took photographs on a lovely Spring day!


Holy Tuesday

St. Nicholas visited Holy Cross!


Holy Tuesday

We have photos of Anthony and Nikolai's Baptisms!


Holy Tuesday

We have photos of Leo's Baptism!


Holy Tuesday

We have photos of John's Chrismation!


Holy Tuesday

We have photos of Elijah's baptism!


Holy Tuesday

Despite the "Stay at Home" order, the Joy of Pascha was shared by the Faithful through a streaming service of the Paschal Hours and the Divine Liturgy of Pascha!


Holy Tuesday

The Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Saturday was streamed to the Faithful.


Holy Tuesday

The service in which the crucified Body of Christ is carried to the Tomb was streamed to the Faithful.


Holy Tuesday

The Bridegroom Matins of Holy Wednesday was streamed to the faithful on the Evening of Holy Tuesday. The video is available.


Holy Pascha

The Divine Liturgy of Palm Sunday was streamed to the faithful.


Holy Pascha

A video now is available of Father's Homily on the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos.


Holy Theophany

A video now is available of Father's Homily on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.


Holy Theophany

We are streaming services live for the faithful at home, and for all the world. We have a few screen captures from the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.


Holy Theophany

We have some some photos fof the procession on the Sunday of Orthodoxy.


Holy Theophany

We have some some photos from the Sunday of Forgiveness.


Holy Theophany

We have some some photos of Jonah's baptism.


Holy Theophany

We have some video and photos from the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters on the Sunday after Theophany.


Holy Theophany

We have a few photos from the Great Blessing of the Waters on Theophany


Baptisms

We had many baptisms before and on the Eve of Nativity!


St. Nicholas' Visit

St. Nicholas came to Holy Cross!


Holy Pascha

Deacon George and Matushka Elizabeth Hattle Say Farewell.


Holy Pascha

Tyler and Holly and their children became catechumens!


Holy Pascha

We have some photos from our annual Parish Picnic!


Holy Pascha

We have some photos from our parish feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross!


Holy Pascha

We have some video and photos from Pascha!


Holy Saturday

We have some photographs from Holy Saturday!


Holy Friday

We have some photographs from Holy Friday!


Holy Theophany

We have photos from the celebrations of Palm Sunday!


Holy Theophany

We have photos from the Sunday of Orthodoxy.


Holy Theophany

We have photos from the Sunday of Forgiveness.


Holy Theophany

We have photos from Nikolai's baptism!


Holy Theophany

We celebrated Holy Theophany, and after, the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters.


Children's Choir & Caroling

Children and adults sang Christmas carols just before Christmas.


St. Nicholas' Visit

St. Nicholas came to visit Holy Cross!


Palm Sunday

We have photos from Pentecost, and the chrismations on Pentecost!


Holy Friday

We have some photos from the services on Holy Friday!


Palm Sunday

We have some photos from the services of Pascha!


Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday was a festive celebration, with our yearly photograph of parish children after the procession.


Teach Liturgy

On Soul Saturday, Father Christopher celebrated a teaching liturgy, teaching during the Proskomedia and the Divine Liturgy.


Outdoor Blessing of the Waters

On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, we had a procession with icons, and took a photo of the children.


Outdoor Blessing of the Waters

In the first week of Lent, parishioners gathered to pray the penitential Canon of St. Andrew.


Outdoor Blessing of the Waters

We began Lent with the Rite of Forgiveness.


Outdoor Blessing of the Waters

Thanks to Whitney for photos from the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters on the Sunday following Theophany.


Thanks to Sergey for photos from the John Luke's Baptism on the Sunday after Nativity!


Thanks to Sergey for many more photos from the baptisms and chrismations just before Nativity!


Nativity Play

We have photos from the children's Nativity Play!


Vigil service

Our celebration of the Nativity of Christ began with a beautiful and joyous Vigil service.


Group Photo of Newly-Illumined and Sponsors

We celebrated 5 baptisms and 11 chrismations on the Sunday before Nativity!


Teaching about Confession

The first of 2017's Nativity Prefeast services began the final stage of prayerful preparation for Holy Nativity.


St. Nicholas visited Holy Cross this year again, and later, many parishioners and their children sang Christmas carols at Adams Farm Living and Rehabilitation, where our brother George of blessed memory used to live.


Father Christopher gathered together the parish children who are approaching the appropriate age and offered them some teaching about confession.


After so many years of hoping, researching, planning, preparing and praying, at last we had our first meeting with the builders, initiating the actual path toward building our new church!


For more, please see our Parish News, Photos and Videos page.