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.
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.
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,
Great Vespers: 6:00 PM
Hours: 9:40 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM
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!
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
Click here for more detailed Maps and Directions
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!
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
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
We have photographs of the baptisms and chrismations on the Feast of the Dormition!
We have photographs of the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost!
We have photographs of the Easter Egg Hunt held after the Paschal Agape Vespers!
We celebrated Holy Pascha in our new home!
Palm Sunday was a glorious celebration!
We had our first Divine Liturgy in our new parish home!
We had our first divine service in our new parish home!
We have some photos from the our last Divine Liturgy at High Point!
We have some photos from the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross!
Prayers at the Property have continued throughout the pandemic. Sergey took photographs on a lovely Spring day!
We have photos of Anthony and Nikolai's Baptisms!
We have photos of Leo's Baptism!
We have photos of John's Chrismation!
We have photos of Elijah's baptism!
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!
The Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Saturday was streamed to the Faithful.
The service in which the crucified Body of Christ is carried to the Tomb was streamed to the Faithful.
The Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy was streamed to the Faithful.
A video now is available of Father's Homily on the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos.
A video now is available of Father's Homily on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.
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.
We have some some photos of the Procession on the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
We have some some photos from the Sunday of Forgiveness.
We have some some photos of Jonah's Baptism.
We have some video and photos of the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters on the Sunday after Theophany.
We have a few photos of the Great Blessing of the Waters on Theophany.
We had many baptisms before and on the Eve of Nativity!
St. Nicholas came to Holy Cross!
Deacon George and Matushka Elizabeth Hattle Say Farewell.
Tyler and Holly and their children became catechumens!
We have some photos from our annual Parish Picnic!
We have some photos from our parish feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross!
We have some video and photos from Pascha!
We have some photographs from Holy Saturday
We have some photographs from Holy Friday
We have photos from our celebrations of Palm Sunday!
We have photos from the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
We We have photos from the Sunday of Forgiveness.
We We have photos from Nikolai's baptism!
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.