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Worship at Holy Cross Welcome to our parish website. We hope you will find it helpful in learning more about Holy Cross Orthodox Church.

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).


“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers” (Acts 2:42).


“Many, many people in the West are converting to Orthodoxy… America has become a very fruitful harvest-field for Orthodoxy” — Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral)


Holy Cross Orthodox Church is a Western Rite parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). Our bishop is Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and Ordinary (Ruling Bishop) of the ROCOR Western Rite Communities.

The Orthodox Church is the oldest Church in the world, the one Church established by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself in Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago and described in the pages of the New Testament. Over the course of two millennia the Orthodox Church has remained unchanged in Faith and Morals.

As a parish of the Western Rite Communities of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia we are in full sacramental communion and visible unity with the 300 million-member Orthodox Church, while maintaining our ancient Western cultural, liturgical and spiritual heritage and patrimony.

As an Orthodox parish we are a traditional church. You won’t find anything new here. No new theology, no evolving morality… no trendy worship. What you will find is a faithful, friendly, vibrant and growing congregation committed to following Jesus Christ and to worshipping God in spirit and in truth.

The word “Orthodox” means both correct doctrine and correct worship, and the Orthodox Church possesses and proclaims the fullness of the Faith “once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3) by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Truth Revealed, and Orthodox Christianity is the Truth Lived

Our church is located at 7545 Main Street in the Ralston suburb of Omaha, Nebraska. We have a spacious traditional chapel, an attractive parish hall, classroom and office space, and a large parking lot — including covered parking. Everything is on one floor, so there are no stairs to climb.

We are close to the 72nd Street exit from Interstate 80, and easy to reach from anywhere in Omaha or the surrounding communities. We are just three blocks West of 72nd Street, on Main Street in Ralston. Our church facility is located in an attractive commercial building called Hillcrest Landing, with the entrance just under the covered parking. Look for our signs. You can’t miss us!

We currently lease a beautiful facility for our church that we have already twice expanded, and it meets our needs very well, but we are eagerly looking forward to the day that we build or buy a permanent church building.

Our Services are in English, and we use ancient Gregorian chant and sing the great hymns of the Church. Our clergy wear traditional Western vestments, and our priest celebrates ad orientem (facing the altar). At Holy Cross parish God is worshipped in a spirit of holiness, the Sacraments or Holy Mysteries are administered with reverence, and real sermons are delivered which explain and apply the Scripture readings of the day.

We celebrate the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist — commonly called the Divine Liturgy or Holy Mass — every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM, with fellowship and refreshments after worship and a potluck luncheon on the last Sunday of the month. Sunday Matins (Morning Prayer) is at 9:15 AM. Weekday and Holy Day Services are as announced. Christian education classes (Sunday school) meet Sunday mornings from September to May at 8:45 AM.

Visitors are always welcome, and are invited to join us for worship and to remain for refreshments or our monthly potluck luncheon afterward. There is always plenty of good food and warm fellowship.

There are many opportunities for involvement at Holy Cross parish. We have a schola cantorum (vested choir) under the leadership of our cantor; a parish sisterhood (women’s group) called the Sisters of Holy Cross; the St. Joseph’s Guild — a parish organization of woodworkers and craftsmen who beautify and maintain our chapel for the glory of God; a parish Prayer Chain; and more.

Our parish provides large amounts of food to the Open Door Mission and the Lydia House shelters. We also deliver hundreds of pounds of donated gourmet bread to the Francis and Siena House shelters every month. In the winter we collect gloves, mittens, hats, socks and more for distribution to the homeless.

We enjoy many fun parish activities at Holy Cross Orthodox Church, including fellowship and refreshments after Sunday worship, monthly potluck luncheons, an annual Christmas party, a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, baseball at Werner Park for Faith and Family Night, an annual Summer Church Picnic and a Fall Hayrack Ride, Bonfire and Potluck. The Christian life is anything but dull at Holy Cross parish — it is the good life!

We are a local parish church with a national and international outreach. We have a parish website packed with information; a well-read blog — Fr. Novak’s Blog, and a popular Holy Cross Parish Facebook page.

Our rector (pastor) is Fr. Victor Novak. Fr. Victor is 60 years old, has been married to his wife Cheri for 35 years, and they have worked together in Christian service for 33 years. In 2018, Holy Cross will celebrate its sixth Pascha or Easter as a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

Fr. Victor is assisted at Holy Cross parish by a deacon, subdeacon, cantor, acolytes, a schola cantorum, and the leaders and members of various parish organizations.

We have members who drive in from as far as Sioux City, and Missouri Valley, Iowa, Lyons and Blair, Nebraska, — and even from as far away as Hastings and Ravenna in Central Nebraska. Why are they willing to drive so far to go to church? Because they have found a church worth the drive!

Holy Cross parish is a church where you will not feel like a stranger. After a few Sundays you will feel like you have known everyone for years. Holy Cross is a place where you will make friends and build relationships that can last a lifetime.

Members of our church range in age from infants to more than 80, with the majority being young to middle age adults. There are also a lot of children. On an average Sunday the congregation will be about half male and about half female; and we are a good mix of singles and families.

Holy Cross Orthodox Church is a growing church. In 2017 we added thirteen new members from nine households, and in 2016 we added eleven new members. We are committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who do not know Him, and the fullness of the Apostolic Faith to those who do.

If you are looking for a church home, interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity, curious about the Western Rite in the Orthodox Church, visiting the Omaha area or just passing through, we invite you to worship with us. Everyone is always welcome. We are a faithful, friendly, vibrant and growing church — and we have a place for you.

We hope to see you on Sunday!

Clergy at Holy Cross