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.
"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
"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!"
LYRAThe 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!
Dormition Youth DayWe 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.
"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!
Holy Protection MonasteryHoly 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.
BaptismEric 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!
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!"
Deanery Lenten VespersHoly 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.
St Nicholas BasketsOn 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!
"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)
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)
Handmaiden TeaOn 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!