Holy Cross Orthodox Church
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Icon of St. Nicholas of Myra 13th c. Mt. Sinai
Icon of St. Nicholas of Myra 13th c. Mt. Sinai
Icon of St. Nicholas of Myra 13th c. Mt. Sinai

 

Upcoming Services at Holy Cross!

Divine Liturgy - Sunday December 15th @ 10:00am (Hours @ 9:40)

Parish Bake Sale TODAY!!

Daily Vespers - Wednesday December 18th @ 6pm (Adult Ed.)

Great Vespers - Saturday December 21st @ 5pm

Divine Liturgy - Sunday December 22nd @ 10:00am (Hours @ 9:40)

Baptism of Azariah Keegan Federoff

 

++Services for The Nativity of Our Lord God & Saviour Jesus Christ++

++Holy Supper – Tues. Dec 24th @ 4pm++

**Please see the sign up in the Hall, and stay tuned for more details**

++Vigil for the Nativity – Tues. Dec 24th @ 6pm++

++Nativity of Our Lord – Weds Dec 25th @ 10am++

 

Other Events . . .

Parish Council Meeting - Tuesday December 17th @ 6pm

Please visit our Diocesan website www.doepa.org for pictures of Archbishop Mark's visit and the tonsure/ordination of Anthony (Eric) Affsprung. AXIOS!

December 15th Bulletin

 

Come & See What Our Parish is All About!

Everyone is Welcome!

 

 

WELCOME to Holy Cross!
Today's Scripture Readings
All Scripture Readings
Today's Saints
Sunday of the Forefathers
Sunday of the Forefathers

The Sunday that falls between December 11-17 is known as the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers. These are the ancestors of Christ according to the flesh, who lived before the Law and under the Law, especially the Patriarch Abraham, to whom God said, “In thy seed shall all of the nations of the…

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Troparion & Kontakion
Righteous Priest Aaron
Righteous Priest Aaron

The Righteous Aaron was the son of Amram and Jochebed, and the elder brother of the Prophet Moses the God-seer, and also of Miriam. He was a direct descendent of Levi by both parents. God called him “the Levite” in Exodus 4:14, when He appointed Aaron to be the spokesman for Moses, who…

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Righteous Benjamin
Righteous Benjamin

The youngest son of Jacob, he was called Benoni and then Benjamin (Genesis 35:16-18). Before his death Jacob blessed him in a seemingly backhanded way, saying that “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, devouring his prey in the morning, and dividing the spoil in the evening” (Genesis 49:27).…

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Righteous Deborah
Righteous Deborah

Information about the holy Prophetess and Judge Deborah may be found in the Book of Judges 4:5-14, and also chapter 5.

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Righteous Ezra
Righteous Ezra

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Righteous Isaac
Righteous Isaac

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Righteous Jacob
Righteous Jacob

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Righteous Judith
Righteous Judith

Information about the Righteous Judith may be found in the Old Testament book bearing her name.

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Righteous Miriam
Righteous Miriam

Saint Miriam, like her brothers Moses and Aaron, was descended from the tribe of Levi. When Moses was an infant, the Hebrew midwives were ordered to kill any male child when they assisted at childbirths, but they refused to obey. Moses was hidden by his mother for three months, and then, when she…

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Prophet Nathan
Prophet Nathan

The Prophet Nathan was an advisor to King David and King Solomon. He is mentioned in the Prayer of Absolution in the Mystery of Confession: “It was God Who pardoned David through the Prophet Nathan when he had confessed his sin....” David had committed adultery with Uriah's wife…

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Prophet Nehemiah
Prophet Nehemiah

The Old Testament book of Nehemiah tells of how he returned from the Captivity in Babylon in the twentieth year of the Persian King Artaxerxes (445/444 B.C.) to rebuild Jerusalem and to govern the province. He and Ezra purified the Jewish people by making known the Law of Moses, and forcing the men…

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Righteous Noah
Righteous Noah

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Righteous Rebecca
Righteous Rebecca

Rebecca was the wife of the Old Testament Patriarch Isaac, and the mother of Jacob and Esau. She is mentioned in Genesis 22:23; Chapters 24-28; and Chapter 49:31. Saint Paul also mentions her (Romans 9:10).

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Righteous Sarah
Righteous Sarah

Sarah was the wife of the Old Testament Patriarch Abraham and the mother of Isaac. At first she was called Sarai, and her name was changed to Sarah (Genesis 17:15-16). The three men who visited Abraham at the oak of Mamre told her that she would conceive and have a son (Genesis 18:10). She did not…

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Prophet Solomon
Prophet Solomon

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Righteous Susanna
Righteous Susanna

The 64-verse story of Susanna is found in the Septuagint Greek as a Preamble to the Book of Daniel. The Latin Vulgate, however, places the story of Susanna at the end of the Book of Daniel, which constitutes the book's thirteenth chapter.

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Righteous Ruth

Information about the Righteous Ruth, the wife of Boaz, may be found in the Old Testament book bearing her name.

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Righteous Mary

Saint Mary is the mother of Saint Anna, and the grandmother of the Theotokos.

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Hieromartyr Eleutherius, Bishop of Illyria, and his mother, Martyr Evanthia
Hieromartyr Eleutherius, Bishop of Illyria, and his mother, Martyr Evanthia

Hieromartyr Eleutherius, his mother Evanthia and Caribus the Eparch: Saint Eleutherius, the son of an illustrious Roman citizen, was raised in Christian piety by his mother. His virtue was such that at the age twenty, he had been elevated to bishop of Illyria. In the reign of the emperor Hadrian,…

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Troparion & Kontakion
Venerable Paul of Latros

Saint Paul of Latros was a native of the city of Aelen in Pergamum. Early bereft of his father, he was educated at the monastery of Saint Stephen in Phrygia. After the death of his mother, he devoted himself completely to monastic deeds at a monastery on Mount Latra, near Miletos. Seeking even…

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Troparion & Kontakion
Saint Stephen the Confessor, Archbishop of Sourozh, Crimea
Saint Stephen the Confessor, Archbishop of Sourozh, Crimea

Saint Stephen the Confessor, Archbishop of Surrentium (Sourozh), was a native of Cappadocia and was educated at Constantinople. After receiving the monastic tonsure, he withdrew into the wilderness, where he lived for thirty years in ascetic deeds. Patriarch Germanus of Constantinople (May 12)…

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Troparion & Kontakion
Venerable Tryphon, Abbot of Pechenga
Venerable Tryphon, Abbot of Pechenga

Saint Tryphon of Pechenga and Kola, in the world Metrophanes, was born in the Novgorod governia into a priestly family. The pious parents raised their son in the fear of God. From his early years Tryphon had resolved to devote his life to apostolic deeds and to go to the pagan Laplanders and…

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Martyr Jonah, disciple of Tryphon of Pechenga

Saint Jonah of Pechenga and Kola was, as tradition tells us, a priest in the city of Kola. After the death of his daughter and wife he went off to the Pechenga-Trinity monastery near Kola, and became a disciple of its founder, Saint Tryphon. After the death of his teacher, he settled in 1583 at the…

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Martyr Eleutherius at Constantinople
Martyr Eleutherius at Constantinople

The Holy Martyr Eleutherius Cubicularius was an illustrious and rich chamberlain [“cubicularius”] at the Byzantine court. With all his courtly privileges, Eleutherius was not beguiled by worldly possessions and honors. Instead, he thought of imperishable and eternal things. Having…

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Venerable Pardus the Hermit, of Palestine

Saint Pardus the Hermit, a Roman, was involved in his youth with the teamster’s craft. Once, when he traveled to Jericho, a boy accidentally fell under the legs of his camels. The camels trampled the boy to death. Shaken by this occurrence, Pardus became a monk and withdrew to Mount Arion.…

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Hieromartyr Hilarion, Archbishop of Vereiya
Hieromartyr Hilarion, Archbishop of Vereiya

The holy New Martyr Archbishop Hilarion (Vladimir Alexievich Troitsky in the world), an outstanding theologian, an eloquent preacher, and a fearless defender of Christ’s holy Church, was born around 1885. Vladika Hilarion wrote many books and articles on various topics, including “The…

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Troparion & Kontakion
Saint Nectarius of Bitel

Saint Nectarius of Bitel was born in the small town of Bitel (or Butili) in Bulgaria. In the world he was named Nicholas. Before a Turkish invasion his mother had a vision: the Most Holy Virgin Herself appeared and told her to flee and go into hiding with her husband and children. Nicholas’s…

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Pierogis!!

Next Pierogi sales will be in January 2020 . . . pickup on Friday Jan. 3rd

Please call 570-322-3020 to place an order!!!

 

Parish News & Weekly Parish Bulletins

On Sunday October 27th, 2019, His Eminence Archbishop MARK tonsured Anthony (Eric) Affsprung to the rank of Reader and ordained hime to the Subdeaconate.  May God Grant them many blessed years!!  AXIOS!!

On August 25th, 2019, Our Parish celebrated the Baptism of Elani Irene Alexander!  May God Grant the Newly Illumined Child of God, Elani Irene and her Godparents, Joshua and Esther, Many Blessed Years!!

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HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX CHURCH

1725 Holy Cross Lane, Williamsport PA 17701

570-322-3020

Saturday Vespers, 5:00pm / Sunday Liturgy, 10:00am



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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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