Holy Cross Orthodox Church
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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SERVICES FOR THE GLORIOUS ASCENSION OF OUR LORD: Wednesday, May 24, 7pm GREAT VESPERS and anointing -- Thursday, May 25, 9:30am, Festal DIVINE LITURGY



The Holy Fire Has Come to Williamsport!


Every year on Great and Holy Saturday, for centuries, pilgrims from all over the world gather in Jerusalem to witness a miraculous event. The Holy Fire -- the actual miraculous flame sent from God -- is received by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch in the most holy place of Christ's Life-Giving Tomb, inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Most years, it happens at about 2pm Local time). The Holy Fire emanates from the core of the stone covering Christ's Life-Giving Tomb as the Patriarch recites prayers handed down from the time of Christ's Holy Resurrection. This celebration is the oldest unbroken Christian ceremony in the world. Thousands of people squeeze into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to witness the miracle.


The ceremony is an exciting celebration, with many languages being spoken at the same time as church representatives from all over the Holy Land come to receive the Holy Fire and carry the flame in small lanterns to their home churches for the Midnight Resurrection Service: when the celebrant invites the faithful to "Come receive the Light. from the unwaning Light, and glorify Christ, Who is risen from the dead."


The significance of the Miracle of the Holy Fire is that Christ offers eternal life and is truly among us. The magnificent ceremony is considered a miracle because there is no explanation for the way the flame comes from the Life-Giving Tomb of Christ when all candles are not lit. This miracle continues to be the message of Christ's unchanging promise of salvation and true life. We receive the Holy Fire so all can believe Christ is the true Light, "which lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (John 1:9).


There are many stunning videos of this miracle from this year and years past accessible via the internet.


Now, the Holy Fire has come to Williamsport!


It was brought this year to England and America by the St Andrew the First-Called Foundation and the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society by chartered plane. Two lamps holding the Holy Flame arrived in New York on Pascha: April 16, 2017. It was transported to a number of key locations, including St Tikhon's Monastery, and is making its way through Pennsylvania. By God's grace, it has finally arrived in Williamsport thanks to some pious friends of our parish. The Holy Fire is now the light-source of all lit candles at Holy Cross Church, and will remain prominently lit in the church for the duration of the Paschal season. If you would like the Holy Fire for your home icon corner, bring a lantern or other safe manner to transport it carefully and securely to your home. "Christ is Risen!"



1725 Holy Cross Lane, Williamsport PA 17701


Saturday Vespers, 6:30pm / Sunday Liturgy, 10:00am

Holy Cross Orthodox Church
1725 Holy Cross Lane; Williamsport, PA 17701
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The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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Holy Cross Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Williamsport and the local area. 

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