March 2021

Exaltation of Cross Kontakion of the Cross, Tone 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
04MAR21 – corrected date of next service.

Holy Cross members and friends are invited to attend English services at the Church of St Paul and St Irene, 15 Rose Street, Hawthorn East, Melbourne.

March 14 (civil calendar)
8.30am      Midnight Office, Sixth Hour
                       Divine Liturgy Fr. John (Ioannis) serving
                       Sunday Vespers of Forgiveness

Holy Cross lost access to its regular building at the beginning of the COVID-19 response, and for the present, continues meeting as a house church.

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 impeded by law or the audacity of an oppressor, there are times when Christians cannot meet for public worship.

Member and friends of Holy Cross are encouraged to continue services at home, and in their normal family setting, when unable to attend formal services due to civil restrictions.  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.