All of our services are in contemporary English. Our liturgical texts are translated from the original Greek texts of the Apostoliki Diaconia of the Church of Greece, printed in Athens 1964, and cross-referenced with the text of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, printed in Jerusalem 1892.
Regarding our translations at Holy Cross:
“All liturgical translations must be accurate translation of the original ancient Church Greek Texts, translated into a poetic, precise, beautiful and easily understood language, . . for us in Australia, and indeed around the world, the common language is English. A sense of rhythm and sound of language must accommodate for the hymnody to be chanted and/or sung.
[Archimandrite Lazarus (Moore) of blessed memory]
“It is through the liturgical texts, that the ordinary worshipper comes into contact with the theological understanding of Holy Tradition, as it is expressed both in Scripture, and in the Church Fathers.”
[Archimandrite Efrem, of blessed memory, UK]
There are many English translations of Orthodox Services and hymnody, offered by heterodox (non-Orthodox), pretenders, and well-meaning Orthodox. We must avoid translations that have heresy, kako-Orthodoxy, un-Orthodox Scripture references, that are slanted toward incorrect doctrine/dogma, and, . . an outright foolish non-Orthodox mind-set that gives rise to innovations and distortions of the Faith.
We at Holy Cross have followed (to our best efforts) the directives of Fr Lazarus and his vision in translating holy Orthodoxy hymnody, since 1984.
Memory eternal our most beloved monastic.
SCEHUDLE OF SERVICES
|Saturday, 2 December 2023||[Service for Preparation for Holy Communion] Liturgy [Fr Theophilos]||8:30am|
|Sunday, 3 December 2023||[Fore-feast of Entry of the Theotokos into the temple] Festal Matins & 1st Hour; Typika||8:30am|
|Saturday, 9 December 2023||[Saint Alypios the Stylite] Ninth Hour & Great Vespers; Compline||3:30pm|
|Sunday, 10 December 2023||[Saint Iakovos the Persian] Mid-night Office & 6th Hour; Typika||9:00am|
|Saturday, 16 December 2023||[Prophet Zephanias] The Hours; Liturgy [Fr Theophilos]||8:30am|
|Sunday, 17 December 2023||[Great Martyr Barabara] Mid-night Office & 6th Hour; Typika||9:00am|
|Saturday, 23 December 2023||[Martyr Menas &those with him] Ninth Hour & Great Vespers; Compline||3:30pm|
|Sunday, 24 December 2023||[Sunday of the Fore-fathers of Christ] Mid-night Office & 6th Hour; Typika||9:00am|
|Saturday 30 December 2023||[Saturday before Nativity of Christ] The Hours; Liturgy [Fr Theophilos]||8:30am|
|Sunday 31 December 2023||[Sunday before Nativity of Christ] Mid-night Office & 6th Hour; Typika||9:00am|