HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX CHURCH

7545 Main Street

Ralston, Nebraska 68127

402-573-6558

HOLY CROSS PARISH — A faithful and friendly Christian Community

 

Thank you for visiting our parish website! You are invited to join us for worship and fellowship. We are a faithful, friendly and vibrant Orthodox Christian church in the Anglican tradition. 

 

The word Anglican comes from the Latin and means “English.” Our cultural, liturgical and spiritual heritage and patrimony is English, Celtic and Hebrew, and our roots date back to the ancient Church in the British Isles, which was evangelized nearly 2,000 years ago  when the Gospel was taken to Britain directly from Jerusalem in AD 37.

 

WE CELEBRATE THE LITURGY OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST EVERY SUNDAY AT 10:00 AM — Visitors are always welcome!

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We are committed to the Holy Scriptures as the Word of God, our rule of Faith is summarized in the Apostles Creed, and the Ten Commandments are our guide for Christian living. 

 

When our Lord instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper, he commanded his disciples to “Do this in remembrance of me,” and we faithfully fulfill that command by celebrating the Holy Eucharist every Sunday. Our beautiful and timeless Liturgy is rooted in the historic Book of Common Prayer and is commonly called the English Liturgy. Over the centuries the English Liturgy has been affectionately described as “Our incomparable liturgy.”

 

WE ARE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST

 

At Holy Cross parish the Gospel of the Kingdom of God is proclaimed, the Holy Scriptures expounded and taught, God is worshipped in a spirit of holiness, the sacraments are administered with reverence, ancient chant fills the Services, and the great hymns of the Church are sung.

 

We seek to live as disciples of the Messiah Jesus of Nazareth, learning to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbor as ourself, keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and worshipping God in spirit and in truth. 

 

The word Orthodox means “correct belief” and “correct worship.” We strive to embrace and live “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3). This is the Apostolic Faith which was delivered in the first century; and we strive to so live that Faith that God can mold us into authentic disciples of the Messiah Jesus by His love and grace. 

 

As Apostolic Christians we value our Hebrew roots as well as our English and Celtic heritage. We were wild olive branches, but through the Messiah we have been grafted into the cultivated olive tree that is ancient Israel. Our roots run very deep indeed.

 

WE ARE JOYFUL CHRISTIANS

 

The Holy Scriptures reveal that God not only loves the world in general, but loves each of us in particular. God loves each of us right where we are, but He loves us too much to leave us there and offers us the gift of salvation by grace through faith. Salvation means life now and that more abundantly in a Covenant relationship with Him, and eternal life in the Kingdom of God. 

 

We understand that through Christ Jesus we have been redeemed from sin and death, adopted into the family of God, grafted into the stock of Abraham, are being transformed and made whole, have the promise of eternal life in a renewed heavens and earth, and that we have been commissioned by Christ to share the Good News of the Kingdom of God with others.

 

As a New Covenant community we seek to minister to both the spiritual and physical needs of others.  Our mission is to joyfully proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who do not know him, and the fullness of the Apostolic Faith to those who do. 

 

For years we have been providing the Open Door Mission and the Lydia House with much needed food, and have supported other efforts in the community and beyond to minister to and protect the most vulnerable in society: the pre-born, the homeless, the sick and the elderly, and to assist wherever we can as needs arise. 

 

While seeking to be light and salt in the world, we look forward in eager anticipation to the Second Coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to raise the dead and to establish the Kingdom of God in its fullness. Living in the Blessed Hope of the Second Advent, we pray Maranatha — Come Lord!

 

WE ARE A FRIENDLY AND WELCOMING CONGREGATION

 

Everyone is invited to worship with us, and visitors are always welcome. Fellowship and refreshments in our parish hall follow Sunday Services, with a potluck luncheon on the last Sunday of every month. We enjoy many opportunities for fellowship, including Faith and Family Night with the Omaha Storm Chasers, a Summer Church Picnic, Fall Hayrack Ride, Bonfire and Potluck at Santa’s Woods, and so much more.

 

At Holy Cross parish you will make friends and build relationships that can last a lifetime. After worshipping with us for a few weeks you will feel like you have known everyone for years. At Holy Cross parish we are a real church family, and there is always room for more. We see one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, and we address our pastor as Father, not out of formality, but because he is the spiritual father of our church family. The Christian life is the Good Life at Holy Cross parish!

 

WE ARE LOCALLY LED

 

We are a locally led and governed parish church based on the principle of servant leadership.  Our longtime pastor is Fr. Victor Novak. This year he will celebrate thirty-five years in the ordained ministry and thirty-seven years of marriage to his wife Cheri. He is assisted by our parish staff and Vestry (parish council). 

 

We cooperate in mission with all who share the orthodox Christian Faith, and we embrace all of our Christian brothers and sisters with love and friendship. We prayerfully listen together to the leading of the Holy Spirit and seek to come to an understanding as to how God is calling us as a  congregation. 

 

Our Vestry strives to make its decisions by consensus, and every decision made by the Vestry for at least the past ten years has been by consensus. We cherish the freedom that we have to respond to the needs of the Church and the Great Commission as we find it here in Omaha and as we are led by the Holy Spirit.

 

If you have any questions, please call the church office at (402) 573-6558 or email our pastor at venovak@hughes.net. We hope that you will accept our invitation to join us for worship and fellowship this Sunday. We are a faithful and friendly congregation, and we have a place for you!

Cantor Michael and our Schola Cantorum