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The Services of the Pentecostarion

Just as the Lenten Triodion is the book of the extended season of preparation for Pascha, the Pentecostarion, called by some the Festal Triodion, is the book of the extended season of thanksgiving after Pascha, and of our preparation for Holy Pentecost.

During this time between Pascha and Pentecost, the Church offers us each week a different theme which deepens our focus and understanding.

This week, the focus is on the Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council, and we continue to celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord into heaven.

Liturgical Ornament

The Sunday of the Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council

The Lord has ascended into heaven that He might send the Comforter into the world. The heavens prepared His throne, and the clouds His mount. Angels marvel to see a Man high above them. The Father receives Him Whom He holds, co-eternal, in His bosom. The Holy Spirit commands all His Angels: “Lift up your gates, ye princes!” All ye nations, clap your hands: for Christ has gone up to where He was before!”

Fulfilling, O Lord, in Thy goodness, the mystery hidden from ages and generations, Thou didst come with Thy Disciples to the Mount of Olives, together with the Mother who bore Thee, the Maker and Creator of all; for it was fitting that she who as a mother had been grieved beyond all at Thy Passion, should also be filled with exceeding joy at the glory of Thy flesh. In this joy we also partake at Thine Ascension into heaven, O Master, and we glorify Thy great mercy that has come upon us.

Thou wast begotten from the Father before the Morning Star, but Arius taught wrongfully that Thou wast created: in his ignorance he designated Thee as a creature, yet the Fathers of the Council proclaimed Thee as Son of God, co-enthroned with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Today we celebrate the annual memory of the God-bearing Fathers who assembled in Nicea. They laid low the godless doctrines of Arius, driving him from the unity of the Catholic Church, and teaching us how to confess the consubstantial and co-eternal Son of God. They expressed this clearly in the Symbol of Faith, and we follow their divine doctrines, believing in and serving the Son with the Father and the all-Holy Spirit, the consubstantial Trinity and one Divinity.

From the Pentecostarion.


The Ascension

Liturgical Ornament

The Lord has ascended into heaven that He might send the Comforter into the world. The heavens prepared His throne, and the clouds His mount. Angels marvel to see a Man high above them. The Father receives Him Whom He holds, co-eternal, in His bosom. The Holy Spirit commands all His Angels: “Lift up your gates, ye princes!”! All ye nations, clap your hands: for Christ has gone up to where He was before!”

The nature of Adam, which had descended to the nethermost parts of the earth, Thou didst renew in Thyself, O God, and today Thou didst take it up above every Principality and Power, for loving it, Thou didst seat it with Thyself; and having compassion on it, Thou didst unite it with Thyself; and united with it, Thou didst suffer with it; and Thou Who art passionless hast glorified it with Thyself. But the Bodiless Powers were asking: “Who is this Man of beauty? Not man only, but both God and man, the two natures together made manifest.” And so exultant Angels, flying about the Disciples in shining robes, cried out: “Ye Men of Galilee, He Who is gone from you, this Jesus, both Man and God, will come again as God and Man, the Judge of living and the dead, granting the faithful forgiveness of sins and His great mercy!”

From: the Pentecostarion
the services of the Ascension.

Regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus!

Dear friends and faithful of Holy Cross,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.

We now are beginning to open the church to the faithful! Patience, humility and selfless mutual love will remain vitally important in this process. We are all under strict and important rules, but they are not overly burdensome. Here is some basic information:

  • The first stage of our re-opening allows us to increase our service attendees to 17 persons per service.
  • Those who replied to the parish survey saying they wish to come are being assigned to specific services.
  • Only those who have been assigned to each specific service will be able to attend that service!

More information is available on this page: Information on the COVID-19 Coronavirus for the Faithful.

In XC,

Fr. Christopher

At the Service of the 12 Passion Gospels

Recent Sermons and Articles

Building our Own House Churches: On the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple St. Luke (Voyno-Yasenetsky) Of Simferopol

Before all other deeds, remember about this great deed: that your children, innocent and pure children, take into their pure hearts the Law of God, the commandments of Christ, at least from the small amount of instruction that they can receive from you.

You have not yet forgotten the Law of God, so teach, teach your children, and then your family will become your house church. And the light of Christ from this house church will spread invisibly for you beyond the boundaries of your family.

The Light of Christ, His Divine Truth, will invisibly flow into the hearts and minds of all those who have dealings with you. It could be that the influence of your house church will go beyond its boundaries.

Then the eternal blessing of our Lord and God Jesus Christ, His Beginningless Father, and the All-Holy Spirit will be upon you. Article

Forgiveness Requires Courage: Fr. Alexis Trader.

The more we forgive, the more courage we gather within our heart which in turn makes it easier to forgive the next time, and the time after that, and seventy-times seven that follow. When we begin living according to a life in Christ, our world changes, we perceive those around us differently. We begin to see them as Christ sees them. Most importantly, we recognize the grace of Christ operative in our lives. We can then echo the words of Saint Paul, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phillippians 4:13) and that includes forgiving everyone, even those who have wronged us greviously. Article

Outdoor Blessing of the Waters, 2016

Parish News


Holy Tuesday

Despite the "Stay at Home" order, the Joy of Pascha was shared by the Faithful through a streaming service of the Paschal Hours and the Divine Liturgy of Pascha!


Holy Tuesday

The Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Saturday was streamed to the Faithful.


Holy Tuesday

The service in which the crucified Body of Christ is carried to the Tomb was streamed to the Faithful.


Holy Tuesday

The Bridegroom Matins of Holy Wednesday was streamed to the faithful on the Evening of Holy Tuesday. The video is available.


Holy Pascha

The Divine Liturgy of Palm Sunday was streamed to the faithful.


Holy Pascha

A video now is available of Father's Homily on the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos.


Holy Theophany

A video now is available of Father's Homily on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.


Holy Theophany

We are streaming services live for the faithful at home, and for all the world. We have a few screen captures from the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.


Holy Theophany

We have some some photos fof the procession on the Sunday of Orthodoxy.


Holy Theophany

We have some some photos from the Sunday of Forgiveness.


Holy Theophany

We have some some photos of Jonah's baptism.


Holy Theophany

We have some video and photos from the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters on the Sunday after Theophany.


Holy Theophany

We have a few photos from the Great Blessing of the Waters on Theophany


Baptisms

We had many baptisms before and on the Eve of Nativity!


St. Nicholas' Visit

St. Nicholas came to Holy Cross!


Holy Pascha

Deacon George and Matushka Elizabeth Hattle Say Farewell.


Holy Pascha

Tyler and Holly and their children became catechumens!


Holy Pascha

We have some photos from our annual Parish Picnic!


Holy Pascha

We have some photos from our parish feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross!


Holy Pascha

We have some video and photos from Pascha!


Holy Saturday

We have some photographs from Holy Saturday!


Holy Friday

We have some photographs from Holy Friday!


Holy Theophany

We have photos from the celebrations of Palm Sunday!


Holy Theophany

We have photos from the Sunday of Orthodoxy.


Holy Theophany

We have photos from the Sunday of Forgiveness.


Holy Theophany

We have photos from Nikolai's baptism!


Holy Theophany

We celebrated Holy Theophany, and after, the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters.


Children's Choir & Caroling

Children and adults sang Christmas carols just before Christmas.


St. Nicholas' Visit

St. Nicholas came to visit Holy Cross!


Palm Sunday

We have photos from Pentecost, and the chrismations on Pentecost!


Holy Friday

We have some photos from the services on Holy Friday!


Palm Sunday

We have some photos from the services of Pascha!


Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday was a festive celebration, with our yearly photograph of parish children after the procession.


Teach Liturgy

On Soul Saturday, Father Christopher celebrated a teaching liturgy, teaching during the Proskomedia and the Divine Liturgy.


Outdoor Blessing of the Waters

On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, we had a procession with icons, and took a photo of the children.


Outdoor Blessing of the Waters

In the first week of Lent, parishioners gathered to pray the penitential Canon of St. Andrew.


Outdoor Blessing of the Waters

We began Lent with the Rite of Forgiveness.


Outdoor Blessing of the Waters

Thanks to Whitney for photos from the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters on the Sunday following Theophany.


Thanks to Sergey for photos from the John Luke's Baptism on the Sunday after Nativity!


Thanks to Sergey for many more photos from the baptisms and chrismations just before Nativity!


Nativity Play

We have photos from the children's Nativity Play!


Vigil service

Our celebration of the Nativity of Christ began with a beautiful and joyous Vigil service.


Group Photo of Newly-Illumined and Sponsors

We celebrated 5 baptisms and 11 chrismations on the Sunday before Nativity!


Teaching about Confession

The first of 2017's Nativity Prefeast services began the final stage of prayerful preparation for Holy Nativity.


St. Nicholas visited Holy Cross this year again, and later, many parishioners and their children sang Christmas carols at Adams Farm Living and Rehabilitation, where our brother George of blessed memory used to live.


Father Christopher gathered together the parish children who are approaching the appropriate age and offered them some teaching about confession.


After so many years of hoping, researching, planning, preparing and praying, at last we had our first meeting with the builders, initiating the actual path toward building our new church!


For more, please see our Parish News, Photos and Videos page.