September-October 2020

Exaltation of Cross Kontakion of the Cross, ToneĀ 4
O Christ our God, you willingly accepted to be lifted on the Cross,
Giving your mercies to the new nation named after you;
Giving joy to Orthodox faithful.
And with your power you gave them victory over enemies.
~ May they have as an ally your Cross the invincible trophy,
the weapon of peace.

Services and Other Activities at Holy Cross
During COVID-19 restrictions
Elevation of the Holy Cross
Sunday 27 September (civil calendar, 14th in the Church Calendar) is the solemn Feast of the Elevation of the Cross – a patronal feast day of our Holy Cross Mission.

All friends of Holy Cross are encouraged join with the Misson members in celebrating the Feast with the special service for this day, this year in their home church settings.

Services and variables are available from the Administrator, upon request.

Exapostilaria, Tone 2
The Cross is the guardian of the whole world;
the Cross is the support and staff of the faithful;
the Cross is the beauty of the Church;
the Cross is the great strength of rulers;
the Cross is the glory of Angels,
~ and the wounding of demons.


REPSONSE TO COVID-19: Orthodox Christians cannot be prevented from prayer, wherever they may be, and whatever circumstances they find themselves in. This has always been so. When travelling, confined through illness, or blocked by law or the audacity of an oppressor, there are times when Christians cannot meet for public worship.

The Mission family at Holy Cross are encouraged to continue the services at home, and in their normal family setting, or perhaps joining with another Orthodox person or family [as restrictions permit] for shared services and holy fellowship. This has been the norm for many Orthodox faithful through the ages, and the Services themselves routinely provide for this.

The Mission continues to send out the weekly propers (variables) and canons by email. Copies of any and all of the Services and canons are available upon request, by post or via a collection point in Heidelberg. Please contact Holy Cross Administrator – see the Contact page.

The Administrator can also facilitate contact with supporting clergy, should you have the need.