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Parish Photograph taken on Bishop Mark's visit.

Photos and Videos from 2016

We have some photos from the Divine Liturgy of Pentecost!

We have some photos from Pascha!

We have some video from the services of Pascha.

We have video from Holy Saturday: Lamentations & Procession.

We have video from Holy Friday: the procession carrying Christ's Body to the tomb.

We have a couple of photos from the Matins of Holy Friday, the 12 Passion Gospels.

We have some photos from of the children and the procession on Palm Sunday.

A video of Father Christopher's presentation on Orthodox Architecture is available on our Raising the Cross web site. His slides also are available on the same page.

We have some photos from the Sunday of Orthodoxy!

We now have many wonderful photos from the visit of the Kursk Root Icon!

We have a brief video of highlights from the visit of the Kursk Root icon.

The Parish Council for 2016 was inducted.

We have some wonderful photographs from the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters.

We have some photos of baptisms and chrismations!

We have some video of the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters.

Photos and Videos from 2015

We have photos from this year's Nativity Holy Supper!

Children sang carols at Adams Farm Assisted Living Center, an annual tradition!

Father Christopher gave a homily for the children on St. Herman's Day.

We have some photos from the annual Parish Picnic.

We have some photos of Timothy's Chrismation.

We now have some photos from Porphyria and John's Chrismation.

We now have some photos from our parish feast!

We have some video from this year's celebration of our Parish Feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

We have photos from Seraphima's baptism!

We have photos from Ella's baptism!

We have some video and wonderful photos from the bright joy of Holy Pascha!

On a beautiful Holy Saturday, Innocent (John) was chrismated. We have a few pictures.

We have a brief video from the Lamentations service.

We have a short video excerpt of the procession with the Epitaphion / Plashchanitsa in the evening of Holy Friday.

We have a brief video of Christ's crucified Body being carried and placed in the Tomb on the afternoon of Holy Friday.

We have our annual group photo of parish children taken on Palm Sunday.

We have been struggling with "overflow" during services for some time. We now have expanded our nave space to try to help!

We have some wonderful photos from Daniel's baptism!

We now have some more photos from the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters!

We now have many more photos from the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters.

We now have some video and a few snapshots from the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters.

We have a few photos from Theophany, and the Great Blessing of the Waters.

Photos and Videos from 2014

Church School students and families sang Christmas carols at Adams Farm Assisted Living. They were enthusiastically received and did a great job of spreading holiday cheer!

We have a few photos from the celebration of the Entry of the Theotokos.

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 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 have a video of some of the Paschal Matins service!

We 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.

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.

Photos and Videos from 2013

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 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!

Holy Transfiguration

We have some photos from the services of Holy Transfiguration.

Nina's Baptism

We now have some wonderful photos of Tom and Yana's daughter Nina's baptism.

Holy Pascha

We have many wonderful photographs from Pascha!

Paschal Procession

We have a video of the Procession on Pascha!

Paschal Services

We have a video of excerpts from the services of Pascha!

Baptisms and Chrismation on Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday began with the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil, and Elizabeth was chrismated, and Monica and Brigid were baptized!

Holy Friday

We have many wonderful photographs from Holy Friday!

Holy Friday Procession

We now have two videos of the processions in the Vespers Rite of Entombment, and in the Lamentations service of Great and Holy Friday.

Vigil for Palm Sunday

We have photos from the Vigil for Palm Sunday and a short video of the procession with "the children with palms (and pussy willows) of victory...," that was held inside because of the rain.

Peter's Baptism

Edward and Amelia brought their son Peter back to Holy Cross to be baptized. Reader Daniel and Nora are Godparents.

Outdoor Blessing of the Waters

After Liturgy on Theophany we continued our tradition of the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters at City Lake Park in Jamestown.

Theophany

We celebrated the Great Blessing of the Waters on Saturday evening of Theophany, and after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, and the faithful were blessed with Holy Water.

Photos and Videos from 2012

Annual Picnic

We celebrated our annual Parish Picnic on the Sunday following our Parish Feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Nativity of the Theotokos

The Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos was joyous!

Holy Dormition

We have photos from the Divine Liturgy on the Dormition of the Theotokos.

Transfiguration

We have photos from the joyous celebration of the Transfiguration of our Lord!

Jim and Sons Chrismation

We have photos of the Chrismation of Jim and his sons on Sunday!

Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

We have some photos of the celebration of Saints Peter and Paul.

Fr. Gerasim's Visit

We had the opportunity to meet with and get to know Fr. Gerasim Eliel who is one of the candidates being considered for Bishop for the Diocese of the South.

Pascha

We have some photos from Pascha!

Holy Saturday Baptism and Chrismations

We have photos from the baptism and chrismations on Holy Saturday!

Procession on the Sunday of Orthodoxy

We have a video of the Procession on the Sunday of Orthodoxy

Theophany

We have photos and video from the services of Theophany, thanks to several photographers!

Shoemaker Family Chrismation

We have some photos of the Shoemaker family chrismation.

Robert's Chrismation

Faith and Subdeacon Jim's grandson Robert was chrismated, who was joyful to join the holy Orthodox Church and at last take communion for the first time. Nicholas is his sponsor.

Photos and Videos from 2011

Nativity

We have some photos and video from our festal celebration of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Concelebration with Metropolitan Hilarion

Fr. Christopher concelebrated Vigil and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Metropolitan Hilarion, Bishop George and many other clergy for the Feast Day of St. Nicholas at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Fletcher, NC.

Metropolitan Hilarion at Mebane

Several Holy Cross parishioners shared in the celebration at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Mebane, NC, when Metropolitan Hilarion came to visit.

St. Nicholas' Visit

St. Nicholas visited Holy Cross, spoke to children and all present, distributed gifts, and was a joyful blessing in this season of preparing for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ.

All American Council

Father Christopher and Subdeacon Jim represented our parish at the 16th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America. Reader Daniel attended as an observer, and shared some photographs with us!

Annual Parish Picnic

On the weekend following our Parish Feast, we celebrated our annual parish picnic following the Divine Liturgy, which was, as always, a time of joy. We have some photos of the divine services, and a parish "greeting" video!

Holy Dormition

We celebrated our Patronal Feast of the Exaltation of the Universal and Life-Giving Cross with reverence and gratitude. Joining us and concelebrating with Father Christopher was Father Thomas Guery of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in High Point. We have some photos from the festal services.

Holy Dormition

We celebrated joyously the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.

Elizabeth's Chrismation

Lynn Elizabeth was received into the Orthodox Church in the Mystery of Chrismation, with the parish joyously celebrating with her.

Naomi's Baptism

We joyfully welcomed Naomi into the parish family as she was churched and baptized! We have some photos to share!

Kneeling Vespers on Holy Pentecost

Holy Pentecost was a joyful Feast as we celebrated the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles, and prayed the Kneeling Prayers.

Pascha Photos

At last, in addition to the videos, we have many photos from the joyous celebration of Pascha!

Artos

Fr. Christopher shared photos of the Artos, dwelling in Church like Christ, the Bread of Life, dwelt with His Apostles.

Reading the Gospel on Pascha

We now have a video of parishioners reading the Gospel on Pascha in 15 languages, plus Father proclaiming it in English!

Pacha!

We now have three videos from the joyous services of Pascha! We hope to offer many photos from the Festal services and joyous meal following. Please check back for more!

Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Saturday

On Holy Saturday, we shared reading 15 Old Testament readings foreshadowing Christ and the Resurrection. Father Christopher spoke movingly about Holy Communion before Christ's Tomb and its meaning throughout the entire year.

On Holy Friday, Christ was carried in procession to the Tomb. We have video and photos!

We celebrated the Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Thursday, and Matins of Holy Friday with the reading of the 12 Passion Gospels. We have photos and video!

Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday, we processed with palms, and took some group photos of the parish youth and children.

Bishop Mark's Visit

Bishop Mark graciously visited Holy Cross, gave wonderful talks, and celebrated a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, ordaining Father Deacon George and Subdeacon James. The entire weekend was filled with joy! Eis polla eti, Despota!

Holy Cross Choir

We now have a video of the Holy Cross Choir singing three hymns in anticipation of Great Lent and Pascha as an introduction to Bishop Mark's wonderful talk.

We now have some wonderful photos as well as a brief video of the Great Blessing of the Waters performed on the Sunday following Theophany at City Lake Park in High Point.

Alexandra's Baptism

We now have even more photos from the baptism of Reader Daniel's and Nora's beautiful little girl Alexandra.

Holy Theophany

We have a brief video of the Great Blessing of the Waters from the services of Holy Theophany this year.

Steve & Pam's Chrismation

Steve (Stephen) and Pam (Photina) were joyously received by Chrismation into the Holy Orthodox Church! Photos here!

Photos and Videos from 2010

We now have many MORE photos from our joyous celebration of the traditional Nativity Holy Supper on the Eve of Nativity, with Christ's place set at the table, and of the nave and the Altar on Holy Nativity.

St. Nicholas' Visit

St. Nicholas visited Holy Cross in advance of his Feast Day, and a joyful and edifying visit it was for all. Photographs of his visit to Holy Cross were selected and displayed in a slide show on the Web site of the OCA Diocese of the South.

2nd Annual Fall Festival

Our Second Annual Fall Festival Yard Sale and Chili Cookoff was a joyous occasion: a perfect, glorious Fall day, wonderful chili, burgers, hot dogs, Greek foods, Serbian Dancers, bargains galore, and more!

Adult Study Group

This October we began a new adult study group, studying Archimandrite Melitios Webber's book entitled Bread and Water, Wine and Oil: An Orthodox Christian Experience of God. We meet on Wednesdays, with little compline at 6:30PM and the group at 7:00PM

2nd Annual Holy Cross Picnic

We celebrated our 2nd Annual Holy Cross Parish Picnic, commencing with an outdoor celebration of the Divine Liturgy followed by joyous feasting and fellowship.

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

We have video and snapshots of services of our Parish Feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, with the concelebration of 6 priests and a deacon from multiple Orthodox jurisdictions.

Anna was chrismated and her daughters Ruth and Esther were baptized!

New Catechumens!

Caleb, Emily, and Their Daughter Become Catechumens.

Jeannete (Anna) Lanier

The newly Chrismated handmaiden of God, Jeanette (Anna) Rouse Lanier, mother of David Lanier, was Chrismated on Sunday June 27, 2010 and fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, July 2, 2010. More...

Consecration of the Serbian Church

Father Christopher, our choir, and many of our parishioners joined with the local Serbian church, St. Basil of Ostrog, as they consecrated their beautiful new church building.

Father Christopher, Reader Daniel and several Holy Cross parishioners served a Vespers service in support of a possible new mission in Hickory.

Pentecost

Holy Pentecost was celebrated with joy and awe, and with the joyful reception of two catechumens into our parish family!

Spaghetti Dinner

The Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser was a joyful and successful event -- many thanks to all who worked so hard to make it so!

Parish Council Swearing-In

The Parish Council, including newly-elected members, were sworn in.

A newly-commissioned icon of a Saint of America, Vasily Martysz, was blessed.

Holy Pascha

We now have photographs from Pascha, including the Blessing of the Baskets. (We also have added some photos to the Holy Saturday page that initially had only the video.)

Paschal Matins

In the early hours of Pascha, the Priests and the faithful cry aloud and sing, "Christ is Risen -- Indeed, He is Risen!" in many languages of the faithful around the world. We have some video of the Canon from Matins on Pascha!

Procession on Pascha 2010

Shortly after midnight on Holy Pascha, the Light of Christ shines in the darkness, and the faithful sing in joy, Christ is Risen! We have some video of the procession!

Mick's Chrismation

We have some photos from Mick's Chrismation and the liturgy of Holy Saturday.

Holy Saturday

We have some video as the faithful process and venerate Christ's holy Passion as Noble Joseph lays Christ's Body in the Tomb at the end of the Lamentations in the evening on Holy Friday (the Matins of Holy Saturday). Included are the words sung by the faithful for Noble Joseph, and Christ's holy Passion.

Holy Friday

We have video of Placing Christ's Body (the Plashchanitsa / Epitaphion) in the Tomb from Vespers on Holy Friday.

Palm Sunday Procession

We have video and photos from the Divine Liturgy with 3 priests on Palm Sunday and the festive Palm Sunday Procession.

Presanctified Liturgy

We have some photos and video from a Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. It is very difficult for many people to attend weekday services even in the evening, but those who have been able to attend all have agreed that these are very beautiful and meaningful services.

Unction Service

We have a video from the healing service of Holy Unction for Matushka Salome / Carrie which was served for Matushka Salome - Carrie Foley, two days before her cardiac surgery on Thursday, February 25, to correct a recently discovered congenital defect in her ascending aorta (the major blood vessel from the heart to the rest of the body).

Sunday of Orthodoxy

We have photographs from the Procession celebrating the victory of Orthodoxy of the heresies on the Sunday of Orthodoxy.

Life March

Fr. Christopher joined His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and hundreds of other Orthodox Christians in the March for Life in Washington, DC this year, on Sanctity of Life Sunday, the Sunday following the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

Blessing the Waters

The Blessing of the Waters at City Lake Park near our parish church on the Sunday following Holy Theophany was bitterly cold but beautiful and a joyous festal celebration. Even in sunny North Carolina a hole had to be chopped in the ice for the Cross to bless the waters! We also have video of the event!

Photos and Videos from 2009

Holy Nativity

We have photos and a brief video from Nativity, including photos from the fasting Holy Supper prior to Nativity, and of Faith's chrismation.

Kursk Root Icon

Fr. Christopher Foley concelebrated with Fr. Sergei Lukianov when the miraculous Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God visited the mission parish of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Mebane, NC, on December 23, 2009. Fr. Sergei , who had accompanied the holy icon on its historic visit back to Russia where thousands of the faithful lined the streets for miles and perched on roofs to greet the Mother of God, spoke movingly of his experiences and what he observed.

St. Nicholas' Visit

St. Nicholas visited Holy Cross on his Feast Day, and spoke to children and all present, and gave gifts to the children. We have photographs of this historic visit!

Rickford's Chrismation

We have a few photographs of Rickford/Nicholas' Chrismation.

Tom's Blessing

Thomas Lowry received a blessing as he prepared to enter Boot Camp in the US Army. Tom is a specialist in the US Army, and as he was preparing to leave for 12 weeks of Boot Camp at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, he received a blessing at church. He left on November 16th. In February he is going to start his AIT training in Norfolk, Virginia. His destination thereafter is not finalized yet. Please keep him in your prayers.

Fall Festival

Our first annual Fall Festival was a grand success! The yard sale and chili cookoff were enjoyed by all, the children enjoyed activities prepared for them, everyone enjoyed sampling 9 different wonderful chilis, and the proceeds will go to the Building Fund. Thanks to all who organized and participated in it!

1st Annual Parish Picnic

We celebrated our first annual Holy Cross Parish Picnic following an outdoor Divine Liturgy. The forecasted stormy weather held off, and it was a wonderful time of worship and fellowship.

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Concelebrating the Vigil for the Exaltation of the Cross with Fr. Christopher, was Fr. Paul Schellbach and newly ordained priest of The Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in Greensboro, Fr. Thomas Newlin.

Adam Keith Kowalcheck

Adam Keith Kowalcheck was received into the Church through the Holy Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation on August 23, 2009. Adam’s grandfather, Father Onouphry Keith (St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Fletcher, NC) concelebrated the Baptism service with Father Christopher. And former deacon at Holy Cross, now priest, Father John and Matushka Ginny Hays were the Godparents. Immediately following the baptism, the three priests concelebrated the Divine Liturgy.

Holy Transfiguration

We have some photos from Holy Transfiguration, and from a pannykhida.

Pascha

We have some photos from Holy Friday, Baptisms and Chrismations on Holy Saturday AM, Holy Saturday and Pascha, including our Paschal Procession, the blessing of the Pascha Baskets, and an Egg Hunt that followed Agape Vespers, available, and there are still a few more to come!

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday was a glorious celebration of Christ's entrance into Jerusalem, carrying palms and branches, and singing, "Hosanna!"

Fr. Michael Oleksa

Fr. Michael Oleksa spoke about the history of Orthodoxy's beginnings in North America, with stories of saints and "mountain men" paddling hand-made boats of elk and caribou hide in the wintry seas of the North as Russians moved into lands populated by native peoples. We have photographs from the Akathist to the Saints of North America that was served before his talk, and a short video clip from his talk.

Alexander Malcolm Foley

Fr. Christopher's son, Alexander Malcolm, was received into the Church though the Holy Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation on January 25, 2009.

Theophany

We have some photos from Holy Theophany, with many thanks to Ray Zawertany.

Photos and Videos from 2008

Reader Daniel offered some photographs from the 15th All-American Council, where Bishop Jonah was elected Archbishop of Washington and New York and Metropolitan of All America and Canada.

Our dear brother Father Deacon John Hays was ordained to the priesthood on November 1, 2008.

With gratitude to God, and for the gifts and work of His servants Father
Christopher, Nicolae Soare, George Fesenko and Reader Daniel Kowalcheck,
we celebrated the blessing of our new church sign on Sunday, October 26,
2008.

A friend of Father Christopher took some beautiful photographs of our church while visiting and generously shared them with us.

What a joyous occasion it was to celebrate Tom and Yana's marriage at Holy Cross! God grant them many Blessed years!

Photos are now available from the ordination to the Diaconate of Father Deacon John Hays in Charleston, SC, on Saturday, May 24, 2008.

We have some photographs from Holy Week and Pascha:

We also have some videos from Holy Week and Pascha:

Photographs of our first Archpastoral visit from his Eminence, Dmitri, Archbishop of Dallas and the South.

Photographs of the outdoor Blessing of the Waters at Theophany, 2008.

Photographs of Gideon's Baptism.

Photos from 2007

Photographs of the Reconstruction of our Iconostas. We also invite you to read the story of the nearly 2,000 mile journey to retrieve it from Canada, which turned out to be quite an adventure!

Photographs from Holy Pascha, 2007.

Photographs from Holy Theophany 2007.

Photos from 2006

Photographs of our first Divine Liturgy with our priest, Father Christopher Foley.