Holy Cross Orthodox Church
Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Holy Protection Monastery, 2012

Pilgrimage to Holy Protection Monastery

White Haven, PA

Saturday, May 12, 2012

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Holy Friday, 2012

The Burial of Christ, Vespers

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Baptism

Holy Baptism

Symeon Ezra Barr was baptized into Christ on Sunday, December 11, 2011.  May God grant him "Many Years!"  The Holy Cross Auxiliary held its Annual Holiday Craft/Bake Sale the same day at Coffee Hour.

 

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2011 Diocesan Assembly

"AN ICON OF OUR HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH"

Saturday, December 3, 2011 was a glorious and historic day for our Holy Cross community as, for the first time in our history, we were privileged to host the Annual Diocesan Assembly of our Diocese of Eastern PA.  Together with our archpastor, Bishop Tikhon, nearly 80 clergy and lay delegates, observers and guests came together in Williamsport to conduct the business of the Diocese and liturgically share our life in Christ in the divine services.  Thanks to parishioners who helped welcome our guests, represent Holy Cross at the sessions, provide food and hospitality, and to the Bishop and Diocesan Council for selecting Holy Cross as the location for the Assembly.  Reports may be found on our diocesan website, doepa.org.

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Election Day Dinner, 2011

8th Annual Election Day Dinner

Delicious, rib-stickin chicken potpie served-up by an energetic crew.  Thanks for your support! 

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Chrismation

"The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit"

Virgil Fowler was received into the Church in the Sacrament of Chrismation on Sunday, November 6, 2011.  His patron saint is St Patriarch Tikhon.  May God grant him "Many Years!"

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Baptism

Holy Baptism

Rachael DeParlos was baptized into Christ on Sunday, October 30, 2011.  May God grant her "Many Years!"

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2011 Fall Lecture Series

Fall Lecture Series

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LYRA Concert, 2011

LYRA

The fabulous LYRA choral ensemble from St Petersburg Russia performed a concert of Russian Orthodox liturgical hymns and Russian folk songs at Holy Cross on September 21, 2011 -- to a packed house!

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Parish Picnic, 2011

August 21, 2011

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Dormition of the Theotokos

Dormition Youth Day

We celebrated the Dormition of the Theotokos on Monday, August 15, 2011 with the festal Liturgy, blessing of flowers and a Parish Youth Day including lessons, crafts, food, singing and kickball.

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Feast of the Transfiguration

"Beholding the glory of God"

August 6, 2011 began with the Festal Liturgy and blessing of fruit for the Transfiguration of Christ.  Afterwards, Holy Cross was one of five local churches included in the "Amazing Grace Tour" sponsored by the United Churches of Lycoming County.  About 150 "tourists" visited -- by car and trolley -- during the day; listened to talks by Fr Dan and enjoying fruit and refreshments hosted by the Auxiliary in the Fellowship Center.  Thanks for coming!  Join us again soon!

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Baptism

Brynach Micah Alexander was baptized into Christ on June 5, 2011.  May God grant him "Many Years!"

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Holy Protection Convent

Holy Protection Monastery

Holy Cross parishioners made their annual pilgrimage to Holy Protection Greek Orthodox Monastery in White Haven PA on Saturday, May 14; participating in the Liturgy, touring the grounds, visiting the bookstore and enjoying the hospitality of the sisters.

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P A S C H A !

Great and Holy Pascha, 2011

Photos from Holy Thursday to Bright Monday. 

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Holy Saturday Baptism

Baptism

Eric Affsprung was enrolled into the catechumenate by Bishop Tikhon at our April 10 Vesper Service.  He was baptized into Christ prior to the Vesperal Liturgy on Holy Saturday, April 23.  He took St Anthony the Great as his patron saint.  His sponsor was fellow-parishioner Herman Ed Almasy.  May God grant His "newly-enlisted warrior" MANY YEARS!

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Palm Sunday 2011

Palm Sunday Procession

"Like the children with the palms of victory, we cry out to Thee, O Vanquisher of Death: "Hosanna in the Highest!  Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!"

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Deanery Lenten Vespers

Deanery Lenten Vespers

Holy Cross hosted the Lenten Vespers of the Wilkes-Barre Deanery on April 10, 2011.  Bishop Tikhon presided.  Homilist was Fr John Reeves.  The Holy Cross Auxiliary provided a lenten meal afterwards in our Orthodox Fellowship Center.

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St Nicholas Baskets

St Nicholas Baskets

On Dec 4, our parish youth decorated, heard a story about St Nicholas, and assembled gift baskets to deliver to Holy Cross neighbors after Liturgy on Dec 5 -- sharing the joy of giving, and singing, in this Holy Cross tradition!

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Election Day Dinner

We held our Seventh Annual Election Day Dinner on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.  Lots of rib-sticking chicken potpie served by an army of volunteers.

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Hot Dog & Ice Cream Sundae Hour

Hot Dog & Ice Cream Sundae Hour

On October 31, 2010 the Church School Children hosted a Hot Dog & Ice Cream Sundae Hour

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2010 Fall Lecture Series

2010 Fall Lecture Series

"Stewardship"

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Metropolitan Jonah

"Stewardship of Divine Life"

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah presented "Stewardship of Divine Life" at Holy Cross on October 11, 2010

(A DVD of this lecture is available)

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Icon Festival

Icon Festival

Icon Festival, Saturday, Sept 18, 2010

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Parish Picnic 2010

Parish Picnic

August 15.  A little rain but a lot of fun!

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Vacation Church School 2010

"Joseph: The Beloved Son"

Our annual school was held on August 4 and 5.

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July 31 Baptisms/Chrismations

Welcome Home!

On Saturday, July 31, Bishop Tikhon presided at the sacramental reception into the Holy Orthodox Church of the Almasy and Barr Families at Holy Cross.  Ten baptisms/chrismations were like "a little Summer Pascha!"   We sing "Many Years!" to our newest members!

"Blessed is God Who desires that all be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth."

(Thanks to photographers Randy, JohnK and Brad)

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Baptism

Alexander Federoff was baptized into Christ on June 13, 2010.

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Holy Protection Monastery

A group of parishioners from Holy Cross visited the Holy Protection Greek Orthodox Monastery in White Haven PA on Saturday, May 15, 2010

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Pascha, 2010

Pascha, 2010

Christ is Risen!

Ann Marie offered these snapshots from Holy Saturday and Pascha at Holy Cross.

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Palm Sunday

New Catechumens and a Childrens Procession

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February Fotos

February Fotos

Perogi Project

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Children Prepare for Lent

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February 7, 2010

"Souperbowl of Caring," Canned Goods collection, Children Host "Hot Dog and Sundaes" Hour, Assembling of 100 Health Kits for Haiti... and a Baby Shower!

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Handmaiden Tea

Handmaiden Tea

On the Feast of the Entry (Presentation) of the Virgin Mary into the Temple (November 21), Holy Cross hosted a Handmaiden Tea for our young ladies after the Liturgy.  Smiling faces seem to show they liked it -- and they learned a bit about the joy, kindness and Godly beauty of handmaidens in the process!

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Election Day Dinner

6th Annual Election Day Dinner

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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Theotokos Icon, Oct 21, 2009

"She Who is Quick to Hear"

additional photos and video clip available at doepa.org

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2009 Fall Lecture Series

2009 Fall Lectures

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LYRA Concert

LYRA Concert, Sept 17, 2009

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Parish Picnic, Aug 16

Parish Picnic, Aug 16

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Vacation Church School 2009
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Holy Cross Church

Photos of Holy Cross by Andy Mishock, State College PA

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Holy Cross Orthodox Fellowship Center

Orthodox Fellowship Center

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2008 Fall Lecture Series

2008 Fall Lecture Series

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Photos

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HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX CHURCH

1725 Holy Cross Lane, Williamsport PA 17701

570-322-3020

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