About Holy Cross
Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church is a parish of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. We began as a mission parish in early 1993 with six families who converted to Holy Orthodoxy. Today, our community numbers over 150 members, about half of whom are converts from several denominations. The other half were raised in the Orthodox Church in various traditions: Greek, Russian, Lebanese, Romanian, Ukrainian, Syrian and others.
Our worship services are sung almost entirely in English with strong congregational participation, along with a fine choir and trained chanters. Service books provide text and music for those who are interested in following the order of service. Children are welcome, and though chairs are provided, most people stand through the services in the customary Orthodox manner. At the end of Divine Liturgy on Sunday, lunch is provided for all, and Sunday School based on Scripture and Tradition is held for children from preschool (age three) to high school. Concurrently, adults enjoy a time of fellowship, and sometimes a talk or presentation followed by a discussion.
Fr. Gregory Mathewes-GreenOur dedication to the Orthodox formation of our young people is demonstrated by the several components of our Youth Group ministry. A team of volunteer parents oversees the middle and senior high groups, the boys' and girls' Discipleship Groups and the Teen Leadership Team. We believe that our young people, struggling to live wholesome Christian lives in an anti-Christian culture, require and deserve such a support system. Active pan-Orthodox college ministries on the Naval Academy and St. Johns College campuses are also underway via the Subdeacon Robert Miclean, who heads the Annapolis College Ministry.
With the addition of a new deacon to our community in 2003, not only is our liturgical life enhanced, but we are also increasing our Outreach Ministries into the wider community. Already we support the local Crisis Pregnancy Center and other area social programs, such as the local food pantry.
Holy Cross is a parish strongly commited to the belief that the Holy Orthodox Church is the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles. We are equally committed to the implications of that belief: that the Orthodox Faith requires a unity of faith and a unity of life, nourished through worship in the Divine Services, strengthened through prayer, fasting, and alms-giving, sustained by the intercessions of the Holy Saints, and lived every day of the week in the homes, schools, and workplaces of our people.
The Most Reverend Metropolitan PHILIP, Archbishop and Primate
The Right Reverend Bishop THOMAS, Bishop of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic
The Very Reverend Father Gregory Mathewes-Green, Pastor
The Reverend Father John Monto, Attached
The Reverend Deacon Mark O’Dell, Outreach Ministries
The Reverend Deacon Peter Maris
Subdeacon Ephraim Roseland, Adult Education
Subdeacon Doug Ashworth, Protopsalti