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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?”
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!
Marjorie was baptized! She is the first person baptized in our new church building!
Many thanks to Andrey (Sergey's son) and Sergey for sharing these beautiful aerial views of our church!
Bishop Gerasim visited Holy Cross, presided over a Moleben of Thanksgiving, spoke movingly to the faithful, and answered questions on many topics.
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!
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.
We joyously served the Vesperal Liturgy of Theophany as our first service in our new church!
Many thanks to Sergey for many new photographs!
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!
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.
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)!!
We have photographs from our annual Holy Cross Picnic!
We have photographs from Dmitri's Baptism!
Ken and Theresa and their children were chrismated on Pentecost!
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..
We celebrated the mothers of the parish on this Mothers' Day Sunday.
It has been especially joyful praying for our new church as it is finally being built!.
Our page of photos from Pascha now also has a video of highlights from the streaming video.
We have photos from our joyous celebration of Holy Pascha!
We have photos from Chrismation and the Vesperal Liturgy on Holy Saturday!
We have photos from the Service of the Lamentations / Praises, from the evening of Holy Friday!
We have photos from the Vesperal Liturgy on Holy Thursday!
We celebrated the wonderful Bridegroom Matins in the early evenings of Holy Week.
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.
We held our Annual Parish Meeting and reviewed very encouraging parish membership and financial growth and strength.
Sergey shared some photos of the Prayers at the Property in Kernersville where our new church will be built!
We celebrated the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters.
We celebrated Theophany and the Great Blessing of the Waters.
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.
We celebrated Holy Nativity!
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.
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!
Michael, Theodora and Olga were chrismated!
We have photographs of our celebration of Holy Pentecost!
Our yard sale was a great success, thanks to hard-working volunteers!
We have many photographs from our celebration of Pascha!
We now also have photographs of the services and the procession on Palm Sunday.
We have a photograph of the children with palm branches on Palm Sunday.
We celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy with a procession with icons!
We celebrated Theophany, and the Great Blessing of the Waters, and then on the Sunday after Theophany, the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters!
On the Sunday before Theophany, Michael, Sheila, and Jenelle were received and blessed as Catechumens!
On Sunday after Holy Nativity, there was a Typika service with communion.
St. Nicholas visited Holy Cross! And we celebrated those who were most recently baptized and chrismated, and catechumens and inquirers.
Jaxon was baptized!
We have aerial video of the curbs and gutters being poured!
We have video clips of the ongoing construction work on our building site!
More Progress on our Building Site!
Progress Continues on our Building Site!
We have a new colored architectural elevation of our new church from the front!
We have a new colored architectural elevation of our new church!
We have photos from Week 3 of the work preparing the ground for building our new church!
We have some video of the construction work preparing the ground for building our new church!
Construction continues on our Kernersville property, and we have more new photos from the second week of work!
On the feast of Saint Innocent of Alaska, Father Christopher was elevated to the rank of Archpriest for his faithful years of service.
A few weeks after our Groundbreaking Service, the work on the site of our new church in Kernersville began, preparing the site for construction!
Archbishop Alexander presided over our Groundbreaking Service celebrating the beginning of the construction process for our new church!
We have photographs of the baptisms and chrismations on the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos!
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 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 Divine Liturgy of Palm Sunday 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 fof 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 from the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters on the Sunday after 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.
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