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INTRODUCING

HOLY CROSS PARISH

 

WHO WE ARE

Holy Cross Orthodox Church is a faithful and friendly parish. We believe the Bible to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God, and the Church to be “the pillar and ground of truth” (I Tim. 3:15). Our mission is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who do not know Him, and the fullness of the Apostolic Faith to those who do. Holy Cross parish is small enough to make you feel part of a real church family, but large enough to meet your spiritual needs - and you won't find a more friendly congregation anywhere.

Holy Cross a Western Rite parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). We were received into the Orthodox Church from the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) in June of 2013. As a Western Rite parish we are in full sacramental communion and visible unity with the 300 million-member Orthodox Church while preserving our Western liturgical and cultural heritage and patrimony. Our bishop is Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and Ruling Bishop of the Western Rite congregations and monasteries.

At the time of the Great Schism in AD 1054, the Church in the British Isles sided with the four Eastern Patriarchates in opposition to Rome’s unilateral changing of the Nicene Creed and novel claims of its bishop to being head of the Church. This led to the Norman invasion and conquest in 1066, and the subjugation of the Anglican (Latin for “English”) Church to the See of Rome. Almost five centuries later, in 1534, the Anglican Church was able to free herself and to restore her self-governing status, and began the English Reformation with the goal of restoring the Faith and Order of the undivided Church. The English Reformation began in 1534, but would continue with the Caroline Divines of the 17th century and the Oxford Movement of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Anglican dialogue with the Orthodox Church began in 1611, and has continued for some four centuries. Orthodox bishop Metropolitan Kallistos (Timothy) Ware writes, “Ever since the early seventeenth century there have always been Anglicans for whom the Reformation settlement under Queen Elizabeth I, represented no more than an interim arrangement, and who appealed, like the Old Catholics, to the General Councils, the Fathers, and the Tradition of the undivided Church. One thinks of Bishop John Pearson (1613-1686) with his plea, ‘Search how it was in the beginning; go to the fountainhead; look to antiquity.’ Or to Bishop Thomas Ken (1637-1711), the Non-Juror, who said, ‘I die in the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith, professed by the whole Church, before the disunion of East and West.’ This appeal to antiquity has led many Anglicans to look with sympathy and interest at the Orthodox Church, and equally it has led many Orthodox to look with interest and sympathy at Anglicanism” (The Orthodox Church, p. 317-318).

Sadly, most Anglicans in the 21st century have forgotten the goal of the English Reformation, have come to see themselves merely as another denomination, and have become broadly comprehensive in doctrinal and moral beliefs. But for traditional Anglicans who have not lost sight of the goal to restore the Faith and Order of the undivided Church and to be a bridge between East and West, the door to unity with the Orthodox Church and the restoration of Western Orthodoxy has opened.

With the restoration of the Western Rite in the Orthodox Church, the English Reformation has been completed and the “vision glorious” of the Oxford Movement fulfilled. There are now more than fifty Western Rite Orthodox congregations and monasteries in the United States, with more in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and on the continent of Europe, and their numbers are growing rapidly.

As St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco (d. 1966) said, “Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must be Eastern. The West was fully Orthodox for a thousand years...”

A CHURCH FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW

In these uncertain times - in the midst of changing values and theologies, spiritual questioning, and the rapid advance of materialism and secularism - it is good to know that there is still a Church that offers an unchanging message. The Orthodox Church, with it unbroken 2,000 year history dating back to Christ Himself, continues to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once and for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), and to proclaim an unchanging Faith to an ever changing world. Insist on the original, and accept no substitutes. The Orthodox Church (established AD 33) welcomes you!

Holy Cross Orthodox Church is a faithful, friendly, active and welcoming church, and we have a place for you. We celebrate the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist (commonly called Holy Mass or the Divine Liturgy) every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM, with fellowship and refreshments following the Liturgy, and a potluck luncheon on the last Sunday of every month. Come and see.