About Us

We are a group of committed Orthodox Christians worshipping in suburban Melbourne, Australia.

Established in 2003 as a lay initiative, the Mission is a fraternity of Orthodox lay people, monastics and clergy, from many nations and backgrounds, and is open to all – we are not ethno-specific.

If you are an English-speaking Orthodox Christian seeking a spiritual home in Melbourne, or have already begun a journey of faith in another spiritual tradition and wish to explore the faith and life of Orthodox Christianity, or are just curious (What is this all about?), we humbly invite you: Come walk with us. Come worship with us.

The best gift we can give to you and our nation, is the message of hope and salvation: that Jesus Christ is God, He came and lived among us, was raised from the dead, and that eternal reconciliation and union with God is a real, life-transforming possibility to be embraced by all who would receive His gift.

Transformed lives involve the renewal of the mind (Romans 12:2) and therefore the Church services must be understood completely. All of our services are therefore in contemporary English.

… preaching cannot cease;
divine worship is fulfilled according to correct rite and in an edifying manner;
iconography is uplifting and pious and the singing is sober, simple and reverent.
The fulfilment of this is the responsibility of those who serve.
It is necessary to speak out, not just in churches but also in homes,
using every opportunity to describe the Divine Reality,
and expose the seduction of our soul by the illusions of the mind and body.[St Theophan the Recluse, The Path to Salvation]

At Holy Cross we seek to worship in a manner consistent with the Orthodox Tradition – we change nothing. We believe, as the Church has always taught, that the correct conduct of true worship must be known, practised and passed on to the next generation of the Faithful.

Holy Cross has grown from the vision passed on from Archimandrite Lazarus (Moore) and you can read more about our origins here.

At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit inaugurated the dawn of the New Covenant Church when all heard and understood the mighty acts of God in their own language and dialect. This imperative was set by God himself.

The core and heartbeat of Holy Cross is worship 

We pursue our mission through the two-fold imperative that Jesus Christ gave to His Church, and which the Church has adhered to since the day of Pentecost:

To feed the sheep with the liturgical, sacramental life of the Orthodox Christian Faith. (John 21:17, Acts 2:42)

And, …if possible, communities may found charitable and educational establishments, such as old people’s homes, orphanages, theological schools; also hospitals and clinics.*

To go and make disciples of all the nations. (Matthew 28:19-20)

To train and instil to every believer that; “the main occupation of a true Orthodox believer is prayer, both in Church and privately. The Church services must therefore be the main focus of every Christian . . and the object of zeal. As far as possible, daily services must be held. . . the complete cycle. Attendance at the Divine Liturgy is primary.*