Holy Cross Orthodox Church
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Bucknell OCF


The Orthodox Christian Fellowship of Bucknell University is an extension of the ministry of Holy Cross Church and a registered Bucknell student organization, gathering the local Orthodox community for on-campus services and activities during the academic year.  It also offers transportation from campus to Holy Cross for various services and programs. 


Spiritual Advisers: Fr James Chuta frjmc@dejazzd.com

and Fr Dan Kovalak dck1725@aol.com



Reading the Scriptures

Finding Time for Scripture in College

Finding time to read the Bible is a challenge I think we all face in our busy lives. Especially once classes start. We go to class, work, check our Facebook, check our e-mails, watch YouTube and read Texts From Last Night. We play sports, go out, write papers, then probably check our Facebook again, and by the time we finally get to bed, we're usually exhausted or too distracted to pick up the Bible and read a few passages.
In Bread for Life, Fr. Ted Stylianopolous writes, "Truths about God and man expand our horizons and enliven our spirit. Yet we know from experience that it takes a certain discipline, especially as we have become a visual generation, to turn to the Bible and other good books to be enriched by them on a regular basis."
But it can be easier than that. As a generation constantly surrounded by technology, it can be simple to make reading the Bible a part of our day, every day. You can subscribe to receive the daily Scripture readings by e-mail, along with the lives of the saints, from
www.Goarch.org, or www.ACROD.org. You also can download the Daily Readings app for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, add the Facebook application, or add the Readings to iGoogle.
You also can purchase The Planner, a daily calendar for Orthodox Christians that also serves as a resource guide, published by the GOA Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. The Planner includes Orthodox Christian feast days, moveable ecclesiastical dates, morning prayers, evening prayers, the Creed, fasting guidelines and Biblical quotes. Each day in The Planner lists the daily Scripture readings and saints commemorated, along with the symbol of the Cross for fasting and strict fast days.
As St. John Chrysostom writes, "The Scriptures were not given to us for this only, that we may have them in books, but that we might engrave them in our hearts."
Reading the Scripture is so incredibly essential for our spiritual growth, however it seems to be one of the easiest to put off when you're in college. But these helpful resources can serve as reminders to us. We must choose to open our Bible, or open the readings in our e-mail, so that we may open our heart to Christ.
-Arianna Ranahosseini

from the OCF Headliner


1725 Holy Cross Lane, Williamsport PA 17701


Saturday Vespers, 5:00pm / 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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The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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