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Sunday, February 11
36th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday of Zacchaeus - St. Leo the Great, Pope of Rome

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The Sunday of Zacchaeus comes on February 18th this year! As Great Lent approaches, we offer more material on the wonderful Pre-Lenten Sundays.

In his introduction to the Lenten Triodion, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware points out that the Gospel reading is of the publican Zacchaeus, “… describing how Zacchaeus climbed a tree beside the road where Christ was to pass. In this reading, we note Zacchaeus’ sense of eager expectation, the intensity of his desire to see our Lord, and we apply this to ourselves. If, as we prepare for Lent, there is real eagerness in our hearts, if we have an intense desire for a clearer vision of Christ, then our hopes will be fulfilled during the fast; indeed, we shall, like Zacchaeus, receive far more than we expect. But if there is within us no eager expectation and no sincere desire, we shall see and receive nothing. And so we ask ourselves: What is my state of mind and will as I prepare to embark upon the Lenten journey?”

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You were the Church’s instrument in strengthening the teaching of true doctrine; you shone forth from the West like a sun dispelling the errors of heretics. Righteous Leo, entreat Christ God to grant us His great mercy!

Outdoor Blessing of the Waters, 2016

Parish News


Holy Tuesday

Marjorie was baptized! She is the first person baptized in our new church building!


Holy Tuesday

Many thanks to Andrey (Sergey's son) and Sergey for sharing these beautiful aerial views of our church!


Holy Tuesday

Bishop Gerasim visited Holy Cross, presided over a Moleben of Thanksgiving, spoke movingly to the faithful, and answered questions on many topics.


Holy Tuesday

As we joyfully and gratefully put our new church and our new parish hall to good use, we honored the members of the Building Committee for all that they did in helping to make this project come to completion. Tony Woodlief spoke movingly of not only long hours and hard work, but of patience, forgiveness, and love during the long and often difficult process. The entire parish gratefully toasted and applauded them -- Many Years!


Holy Tuesday

On the Sunday after Theophany, we served our first Sunday Divine Liturgy in our new church! At the end, we processed around our new church and to a small pond across the street, and served the Outdoor Great Blessing of the Waters.


Holy Tuesday

We joyously served the Vesperal Liturgy of Theophany as our first service in our new church!

Many thanks to Sergey for many new photographs!


Holy Tuesday

New Year's Day was Moving Day for our church, many hands coming together to share the work. Many thanks to Anne for sharing these lovely photographs!


Holy Tuesday

St. Nicholas visited Holy Cross, and spoke to the children and all present, and left some gifts for the children in shoes they had laid out by the fireplace! Children, some not so very young :), posed with St. Nicholas for pictures.

The ladies of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, and their pastor, Reverend Tang, who have so graciously hosted us in our temporary home in their building, visited us for the service, and for St. Nicholas' visit. We thanked them for all that they have done for us, for their kindness and generosity.


Holy Tuesday

We gathered for a group photograph at our new church building, and at the Sprinkle's in the evening for the singing of the Akathist of Thanksgiving (Glory to God For All Things)!!


Holy Tuesday

We have photographs from our annual Holy Cross Picnic!


Holy Tuesday

We have photographs from Dmitri's Baptism!


Holy Tuesday

Ken and Theresa and their children were chrismated on Pentecost!


Holy Tuesday

Father Christopher updated us all on our church Building Project, and a new, smaller "Lighting the Lamp" capital campaign to fund the iconostas, a central chandelier, etc..


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated the mothers of the parish on this Mothers' Day Sunday.


Holy Tuesday

It has been especially joyful praying for our new church as it is finally being built!.


Holy Tuesday

Our page of photos from Pascha now also has a video of highlights from the streaming video.


Holy Tuesday

We have photos from our joyous celebration of Holy Pascha!


Holy Tuesday

We have photos from Chrismation and the Vesperal Liturgy on Holy Saturday!


Holy Tuesday

We have photos from the Service of the Lamentations / Praises, from the evening of Holy Friday!


Holy Tuesday

We have photos from the Vesperal Liturgy on Holy Thursday!


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated the wonderful Bridegroom Matins in the early evenings of Holy Week.


Holy Tuesday

On the first Sunday of Lent we celebrated the Triumph of Orthodoxy over iconoclasm with a procession with icons on a beautiful, Spring-like day.


Holy Tuesday

We held our Annual Parish Meeting and reviewed very encouraging parish membership and financial growth and strength.


Holy Tuesday

Sergey shared some photos of the Prayers at the Property in Kernersville where our new church will be built!


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters.


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated Theophany and the Great Blessing of the Waters.


Holy Tuesday

We had the joy of the chrismations of Tristan, Emily, Zach, and Rebecca at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, on the Eve of Nativity.


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated Holy Nativity!


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated our Parish Picnic together in Triad Park in Kernersville, and it was a joy to gather together and relax and enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs and a lovely meal.


Holy Tuesday

We had the joy of celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony of Keith and Tambrey Owens on Sunday, August 28. May the Lord grant them many years of health and happiness!


Holy Tuesday

Michael, Theodora and Olga were chrismated!


Holy Tuesday

We have photographs of our celebration of Holy Pentecost!


Holy Tuesday

Our yard sale was a great success, thanks to hard-working volunteers!


Holy Tuesday

We have many photographs from our celebration of Pascha!


Holy Tuesday

We now also have photographs of the services and the procession on Palm Sunday.


Holy Tuesday

We have a photograph of the children with palm branches on Palm Sunday.


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy with a procession with icons!


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated Theophany, and the Great Blessing of the Waters, and then on the Sunday after Theophany, the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters!


Holy Tuesday

On the Sunday before Theophany, Michael, Sheila, and Jenelle were received and blessed as Catechumens!


Holy Tuesday

On Sunday after Holy Nativity, there was a Typika service with communion.


Holy Tuesday

St. Nicholas visited Holy Cross! And we celebrated those who were most recently baptized and chrismated, and catechumens and inquirers.


Holy Tuesday

Jaxon was baptized!


Holy Tuesday

We have aerial video of the curbs and gutters being poured!


Holy Tuesday

We have video clips of the ongoing construction work on our building site!


Holy Tuesday

More Progress on our Building Site!


Holy Tuesday

Progress Continues on our Building Site!


Holy Tuesday

We have a new colored architectural elevation of our new church from the front!


Holy Tuesday

We have a new colored architectural elevation of our new church!


Holy Tuesday

We have photos from Week 3 of the work preparing the ground for building our new church!


Holy Tuesday

We have some video of the construction work preparing the ground for building our new church!


Holy Tuesday

Construction continues on our Kernersville property, and we have more new photos from the second week of work!


Holy Tuesday

On the feast of Saint Innocent of Alaska, Father Christopher was elevated to the rank of Archpriest for his faithful years of service.


Holy Tuesday

A few weeks after our Groundbreaking Service, the work on the site of our new church in Kernersville began, preparing the site for construction!


We have broken ground for our construction!

Holy Tuesday

Archbishop Alexander presided over our Groundbreaking Service celebrating the beginning of the construction process for our new church!


Easter Egg Hunt

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


Easter Egg Hunt

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


Easter Egg Hunt

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 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


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

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