By the grace of God, after many years of planning, and giving, and hard work, our new church building is complete and we are serving God in our new, permanent home! We are located centrally in the Triad, in Kernersville, an easy drive from Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. See Map and Directions.
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.
If you are already a member of Holy Cross, please see our Members' Home page, which is tailored for you.
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.
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!
Thanks be to God, we now are in our new church building in Kernersville, an easy drive from Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem:
Holy Cross Orthodox Church
1320 Masten Dr
Kernersville NC 27284
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