Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church
MinistriesHoly Cross Greek Orthodox Church

CHURCH HISTORY

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY FOUNDED AT THE FIRST PENTECOST (Acts Chapter 2)

FIRST FIVE CENTERS OF CHRISTIANITY HISTORICAL PATRIARCHATES JERUSALEM, ANTIOCH, ROME, ALEXANDRIA, CONSTANTINOPLE
GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA FOUNDED 1922 UNDER THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE OF CONSTANTINOPLE
HOLY CROSS CHURCH FARMINGTON HILLS, MICHIGAN FOUNDED 1969
UNDER THE GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS OF DETROIT

WORSHIP

Worship imageThe most central focus of the worship in the Orthodox Church is the Divine Liturgy, also known as the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist (Matthew 26:26). It involves the participation of the faithful and the clergy in a mystical encounter between God and His people. At Holy Cross Parish, this involves the clergy, chanter, choir, and families joining in prayer and hymns.

CHOIR

Choir imageThe Choir is a very integral part of our worship services. We give praise and glory to our Lord and God. Our Choir is comprised of male and female voices, we include and encourage our youth to be part of our outstanding choir. The Choir is part of the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Musicians and MEFGOX- Mid Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Choirs.

ALTAR BOYS

Alter Boys image The Church makes available to all able boys of the Parish from 10 yrs and older, the opportunity to serve in the Holy Altar as Acolytes. A schedule is sent annually listing Sundays of services. If there is interest- contact the Priest.



CHURCH SCHOOL

Church School image Church School is a very integral part of the Religious Education Program. Classes are held after Holy Communion and families are encouraged to Worship together. The children go to their classes for approximately 45 minutes of instruction (catechesis). We offer lessons from pre-school to High-School. Assisted by a Parent Ministry Team, the program includes an autumn fellowship event, Christmas Appeal (St. Basilís Academy), Godparent Sunday, Lenten Potluck (Missions), and Easter Basket Project in conjuction with Philoptochos (Childrenís Hospital).

In addition, the Parish has offered a vacation church school.

BIBLE STUDY AND FAITH ENRICHMENT

Bible Study and Faith Enrichment image Bible Study is offered in a six week semester structure (Autumn & Spring) It has included: Scripture Study and Reference, Liturgics, Church History, Patristics, and Orthodox Theology: Dogma & Doctrine. Past Subjects in supplement to Bible Study: Holy Week, Mystery of Death, Orthodox Inquiry, Message of the Bible, Iconography. Divine Services: Roots and Meanings. and Church foundations and denominations.

PHILOPTOCHOS

Philoptochos image Philoptochos means friend of poor. It is an organization for women in the church from age 18 and up. It is a charitable organizations that assists nationally and locally and is considered the ďbackboneĒ of many parishes. Locally the Philoptochos through its fund-raising and fellowship has assisted the parish, the Diocese, Archdiocese and the local community. It visits the homebound and has adopted St. Basilís Children as their Christmas Project and is the only organization to provide over 300 Easter Baskets to Detroitís Childrenís Hospital. Meetings are held every First Monday of the Month at 7:30 p.m.

G.O.Y.A.    GREEK ORTHODOX YOUTH OF AMERICA

Greek Orthodox Youth of America image This organization embraces our Youth from 7th Grade to High School. The program and ministry encompasses Worship, Fellowship, Service, and Religious Education. The Youth have involved themselves at all aspects of church ministry and service. They have been part of Diocesan Youth Programs and actively participate at the Diocese Camp at Rose City in the Summer.

The Parish has since its inception always honored and salute the Youth through its annual Youth of the Year Award.