Holy Cross Orthodox Church - a group photo taken on Archbishop Alexander's visit
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Welcome to Holy Cross: The Orthodox Church serving the Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point area of North Carolina with services entirely in English.

Our Church did not begin in the 20th Century, or the 19th, or even with Martin Luther in the 16th Century. Our Church began when Jesus Christ established it more than 2,000 years ago through His apostles, and promised that the gates of hell would never prevail against it.

In the East, where Christianity began, there was no Reformation, because there, Christianity hadn't gotten lost, and didn't need to be reformed. This Church came to be called Orthodox because it has held fast to what it was given, has remained true, Orthodox, since the beginning, 2,000 years ago.

Many Orthodox churches in America were established to serve the needs of an immigrant population, and to faithfully transmit and preserve the rich cultural heritage, traditions and language of a specific nation of origin. We at Holy Cross, however, are a diverse American community of ordinary people from many different ethnic and cultural groups, and our services are entirely in English.

We are a very warm and open community and we welcome all visitors.

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Holy Cross Orthodox Church

Cordially Invites You
To Join Us For Our

Groundbreaking Service

For Our New
Parish Church
And Hall

Saturday September 18 2021
11 00 AM

1320 Masten Road Kernersville Nc

His Eminence Alexander
Archbishop Of Dallas And The South

Presiding

Followed By A Light Reception
On The Property

 

Joy on Pascha

Prayer and Worship: Ancient, Timeless, Beautiful.

Procession on Palm Sunday

We believe that in this church, we stand in the very presence of God, and that we join the saints and heavenly hosts in joy and prayer and worship. Orthodox worship engages the whole person: the mind, the heart, the senses, the entire body as we stand, bow, and make the ancient Sign of the Cross as Christians did in Apostolic times.

Jesus and his Apostles prayed in many different ways, sometimes privately, sometimes together. Jesus prayed and taught in the Temple, his Father's house. The services of the Temple included formal liturgical services composed of prayers that all present heard together and prayed together. The Apostles and most of the very first Christians were Jews, and accustomed to praying in liturgical services in the Jewish Temple.

The Divine Services of the Orthodox Church developed over centuries as people of prayer, filled with the Holy Spirit, prayed and sang to God. The services in our church are entirely in English, so even if you are not familiar with this type of prayer and worship, you can hear and understand, and pray together with us, and with the saints and the angels:

They are prayers that poured out of the hearts of saintly men and women when, moved by the Holy Spirit, they expressed before God the desires of their heart. The spirit of prayer is contained in them; so, if you [pray] them as you should, you too will be filled with this spirit.

Kursk Root Icon and candles

Come, "Taste and See!"

Regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus!

Dear faithful of Holy Cross,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

“Let us bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” -Galatians 6:2

As per the Archbishop’s request that we continue to follow the reasonable directives of the local civil authority and Forsyth County mandating that masks be required at indoor gatherings, beginning August 21st we will be requiring masks to be worn indoors except while eating or drinking.

Archbishop Alexander has asked that we follow the reasonable directives of the local civil authority. Eg, if our local civil authority reimposes a masking ordinance our parish will be expected to follow it.

I know many of us are weary of having to wear them but I am recommending it for the sake of bearing one another’s burdens as the Body of Christ. There are those among us and our community who are not able to be vaccinated (our children under 12) or who are immunocompromised. We need to be mindful of one another as Orthodox Christians. This involves self-sacrificial love for the other and, as St. Maria of Paris reminds us, “the other is Christ.” We need to do this for the sake of protecting our vulnerable ones. It is our Christian way. We follow Christ and take up our voluntary Cross in imitation of Him.

Also, masking will help keep our parish open. There have been three significant outbreaks in parishes in the diocese just in the last several weeks. Just today I spoke with a priest who has had to cancel services for two weeks after 20 parishioners have tested positive with one in the hospital, and several more are working through cases of COVID among parish members. So, the Archbishop is asking us to continue to please be vigilant and be mindful of those around us.

I am asking as your priest that you take this requirement to heart and until we see a significant decrease in positive cases and community spread that you continue to wear them. May the Lord continue to show His loving-kindness to us as we continue to navigate this difficult time for our world. Lord, come quickly to save us and heal us!

Your servant in Christ,

Fr. Christopher

When:

Procession on Palm Sunday

Saturday Evening:

Great Vespers: 6:00 PM

Sunday Morning:

Hours: 9:40 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

Following the Services:

Following the Divine Liturgy, we gather for a “coffee hour”. Please join us for reverent and joyful worship, and please stay after the services for refreshment and fellowship!

Detailed Schedule and Calendar

Where:

Our new temporary home

The property we were leasing in High Point has been sold, but God has blessed us with a new space that is more spacious so we can have more people in church! We now are leasing the entire first floor of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, which is between Walkertown and Winston-Salem! It is an easy drive from Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem:

Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church
4700 Old Walkertown Rd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Map

Click here for more detailed Maps and Directions

Parish Children on Palm Sunday
Our Property in Kernersville

We Are Building a Church!

As the parish has grown, the need for space has become increasingly pressing. Being crowded is a blessing, but also a persistent inconvenience during both worship and fellowship hour, so we all voted unanimously to purchase land in Kernersville, in an excellent central Triad location. Through personal donations, fundraising efforts and assistance from the Diocese, the land has been fully paid off. We then mounted a successful Capital Campaign and we are expecting to break ground and begin building our new temple in 2021!

  • For more details, see our Building Project page.
  • To contribute to the Building Fund, see our Giving page.

Our New Home will be Central in the Triad:

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1320 Masten Dr
Kernersville, NC 27284

At the Service of the 12 Passion Gospel readings

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

At the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters

Parish News

Holy Tuesday

We have photographs of the baptisms and chrismations on the Feast of the Dormition!


Holy Tuesday

We have photographs of the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost!


Holy Tuesday

We have photographs of the Easter Egg Hunt held after the Paschal Agape Vespers!


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated Holy Pascha in our new home!


Holy Tuesday

Palm Sunday was a glorious celebration!


Holy Tuesday

We had our first Divine Liturgy in our new parish home!


Holy Tuesday

We had our first divine service in our new parish home!


Holy Tuesday

We have some photos from the our last Divine Liturgy at High Point!


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 Pascha

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


Holy Pascha

The Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy 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 Pascha

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


Holy Pascha

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 Pascha

We have some some photos of the Procession on the Sunday of Orthodoxy.


Holy Pascha

We have some some photos from the Sunday of Forgiveness.


Holy Pascha

We have some some photos of Jonah's Baptism.


Holy Pascha

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


Holy Pascha

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


Holy Pascha

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


Holy Pascha

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 our celebrations of Palm Sunday!


Holy Theophany

We have photos from the Sunday of Orthodoxy.


Holy Theophany

We We have photos from the Sunday of Forgiveness.


Holy Theophany

We We have photos from Nikolai's baptism!


Holy Theophany

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


For more photos, videos and parish news, please see our Parish News, Photos and Videos page.

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