Holy Cross Orthodox Church
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Ikon of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Ikon of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Ikon of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

 

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Please read His Eminence, Archbishop Mark's Nativity Fast Letter 

 

 

NO Compline & Bible Study - Wednesday December 1st

 

Great Vespers - Saturday December 4th @ 5pm

Divine Liturgy - Sunday December 5th @ 10am (Hours @ 9:40), fellowship following in the Hall.

 

++ Feast of St Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra & Lycea ++

Great Vespers w/Litya - Sunday December 5th @ 5pm

Divine Liturgy - Monday December 6th @ 9am

 

Compline & Bible Study (Gospel of St. Luke) - Wednesday December 8th @ 5:30pm

 

November 28th Church Bulletin

 

A Sermon for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

 

Wisdom! Let Us Attend!

"Thou hast said, O Lord: ask, and it shall be given to you; knock, and it shall be opened to you. Lo, I ask and I knock. Before my end comes, O Lord, cleanse me of all sin."

Venerable Ephraim the Syrian A Spiritual Psalter or Reflections on God p.161

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Glorification of the Priestmartyr Alexander Hotovitzky
Glorification of the Priestmartyr Alexander Hotovitzky

The New Martyr of Russia Alexander Hotovitzky was born on February 11, 1872 in the city of Kremenetz, into the pious family of Archpriest Alexander, who was Rector of the Volhynia Theological Seminary and would later be long remembered in the hearts of the Orthodox inhabitants of Volhynia as a good…

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Greatmartyr Barbara and Martyr Juliana, at Heliopolis in Syria
Greatmartyr Barbara and Martyr Juliana, at Heliopolis in Syria

The Holy Great Martyr Barbara lived and suffered during the reign of the emperor Maximian (305-311). Her father, the pagan Dioscorus, was a rich and illustrious man in the Syrian city of Heliopolis. After the death of his wife, he devoted himself to his only daughter. Seeing Barbara’s…

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Martyr John of Damascus
Martyr John of Damascus

Saint John of Damascus was born about the year 680 at Damascus, Syria into a Christian family. His father, Sergius Mansur, was a treasurer at the court of the Caliph. John had also a foster brother, the orphaned child Cosmas (October 14), whom Sergius had taken into his own home. When the children…

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Saint John, Bishop of Polybotum

Saint John, Bishop of Polybotum (in Phrygia), was known as a denouncer of the heresy and impiety of Emperor Leo the Isaurian. Saint John opposed Leo for his iconoclasm, and taught his flock the Orthodox doctrine of the veneration of icons. The saint died at the beginning of the eighth century. The…

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Saint Gennadius, Archbishop of Novgorod
Saint Gennadius, Archbishop of Novgorod

Saint Gennadius, Archbishop of Novgorod, was descended from the Gonzov family and was, in the testimony of contemporaries, “dignified, intelligent, virtuous and learned in the Holy Scripture.” He was made a monk at the Valaam monastery, under the spiritual guidance of Saint Sabbatius of…

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Monastic Martyr, Hieromonk Seraphim, Bishop of the Phanar

The Hieromonk Seraphim, Bishop of the Phanar was from the village of Bezoula, Agrapha diocese in Greece. He lived in asceticism at first as a monk at the Monastery of the Most Holy Theotokos at Koronis, and later was chosen as bishop of the Phanar and Neochorion. For his refusal to accept Islam, he…

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Icon of the Mother of God of Damascus

The Damascene Icon of the Mother of God, by ancient tradition, was painted by Saint John of Damascus in gratitude to the Theotokos for the miraculous healing of his right hand, cut off through the perfidy of Emperor Leo the Isaurian. This icon is also known as “Of the Three Hands” Icon…

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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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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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