Holy Cross Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2024-07-14
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Holy Cross Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • 724-877-5245
  • Street Address:

  • 950 Maple Dr

  • Hermitage, PA 16148-2333

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Saturdays: Great Vespers 6 pm; Confessions heard after

Sundays: Matins 9 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am


Past Bulletins

Sunday July 14, 2024 - Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council



Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode

When You descended unto Death, O Lord, You who are immortal Life put Hades to death, by the lightning of Your divinity. And when You raised the dead from the netherworld, all the hosts of heaven sang aloud to You, “O Christ God, Giver of life, glory to You!”

Apolytikion for Sun. of the Holy Fathers in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Supremely blessed are You, O Christ our God. You established the holy Fathers upon the earth as beacons, and through them You have guided us all to the true Faith, O greatly merciful One, glory be to You.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Third Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:9-20

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. After this He appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table and He upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw Him after He had risen. And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

Epistle Reading

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Matthew 5:14-19

The Lord said to his disciples, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."


Wisdom of the Fathers

The Lord says to His disciples, 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven' (Matt. 5:16). He does not say this to urge them to show off, but to urge them to organize their lives as is pleasing to God. Just as light effortlessly attracts people's gaze, so a way of life pleasing to God draws their minds along with their eyes. We do not praise the air which shares in the brilliance of the sunlight, but the sun which is the source of this brilliance and bestows it on us. Even if we do praise the air for its brightness, we praise the sun much more. So it is when someone makes the brilliance of the Sun of righteousness (Mal. 4:2) visible through his virtuous deeds. As soon as anyone looks at him, they are immediately led towards the glory of the Father in heaven of Christ, the Sun of righteousness.
St. Gregory Palamas
Homilies Vol. 1, Homily Ten para. 14; Saint Tikhon's Seminary Press pgs. 110-111, 14th century

Every work which does not have love as its beginning and root is nothing.
St. John Chrysostom
Unknown, 4th century


Saints and Feasts

July 14

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council

On the Sunday that falls from the 13th to the 19th of the present month, we chant the Service to the 630 Holy and God-bearing Fathers who came together for the 4th Ecumenical Council who assembled in Chalcedon in 451, to condemn Eutyches, who taught that there was only one nature, the divine, in Christ after the Incarnation, and Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria, who illegally received Eutyches back into communion and deposed Saint Flavian, Patriarch of Constantinople, who had excommunicated Eutyches.

In the Slavic tradition, on this Sunday, the Fathers of the first six Ecumenical Councils are all commemorated.

July 14

Aquila the Apostle among the 70

Saint Aquila, who was from Pontus of Asia Minor, was a Jew by race and a tent-maker by trade. In the year 52 he and his wife Priscilla were in Corinth when Saint Paul first came there. They gave him hospitality, and the Apostle remained with them for many days, himself working at the same trade as they (Acts 18:2-3). And having believed in Christ through Paul, they followed him from that time on, working together with him and suffering perils with him for the sake of the preaching of the Gospel, as he himself testifies concerning them in his Epistle to the Romans, saying: "Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my helpers in Christ Jesus: who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the nations" (Rom. 16:3-4). When and where they reposed is unknown.



Father Out of Town for Summer Camp

At the request of His Grace Bishop Andrei, Fr. Spyridon will be assisting with our diocese's summer camps at the Vatra in Grass Lake, MI  from July 15th - July 27th. Though Father will be "out of the office", he will be working remotely. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any pastoral concerns. Sunday, July 21st there will not be Matins but we will have Divine Liturgy celebrated by a visiting priest. 

For Prisoners and Their Salvation, Let Us Pray to the Lord

The last Sunday in July is set by the Assembly of Bishops as "Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday." In nearly every Church service we pray a litany for prisoners and their salvation. The Church understands that no one is beyond repentance, that no one is beyond the Love and Grace of God. We ask that you continue to keep in your prayers all of those in prison. After all, our Lord himself was a prisoner. On Sunday, July 28th and Sunday, August 4th, our parish will be doing a special collection to support Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM, a ministry of the Assembly of Bishops). Please consider giving your financial support to help the Church bring the light of Christ into the darkness of prison. 

"I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me."

- Matthew 25:36

OCF - Orthodox Christian Fellowship

OCF, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, is the college ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops. OCF is a student-led ministry that helps college students find a local parish, meet other Orthodox Christians, and stay involved in the life of the Church. If you are headed to college or are a high school senior planning to attend college after graduation, please get in touch with Fr. Spyridon so he can forward your contact information to OCF. OCF is a tremendous ministry that the Church offers--please take advantage!

Parish Website Under Construction

Over the next few weeks, you may notice updates coming to the parish website. Be sure to visit the website over the next few weeks to see the changes. 

Digital Bulletins

Please note that you can now find our parish bulletin online. We will continue to publish the print bulletins available on Sunday mornings at the candle stand. For your convenience, you can also receive the bulletin via email, view the bulletin on the parish website, or at www.bulletinbuilder.org/HolyCross. The digital bulletin will be published on Friday mornings. 

Office Hours to Begin

Fr. Spyridon will begin regularly scheduled Office Hours following the end of the Vatra's Summer Camp in July. Until that time, please contact Father by email or phone to set up an appointment. 

Holy Cross Bookstore

Holy Cross Bookstore is located downstairs off of the St. Nicholas Room. There are a variety of Orthodox books, Bibles, and a section specifically for children. Also available are Orthodox gift items, icons, occasion cards, and more. Contact Patty Barbat if there is an item you want to order or wish to peruse catalogs from vendors.

Commemoration Slips

You will now find commemoration slips at the candle stand. These slips are for people to be added to our parish prayer list. Names should be added of people who have recently fallen ill, pregnancies, newborns, or recently departed. If the person is not an Orthodox Christian, their name should be added only under the non-Orthodox spot. If there is someone you wish to have commemorated who departed this life more than 40 days ago, please give the name directly to Father and he will pray for them during Proskomedia. After filling out the commemoration slip, please place it in the small basket on the candle stand. The altar boys will collect them during Liturgy so that they can be added to our prayers.

Sign Up For Emails!

If you would like to receive emails from Holy Cross including the weekly bulletin and other important announcements, please sign up on the Email List Sign-Up sheet, located on the candle stand. If you have already signed up for emails and have not yet recived them, please let Father know so that he can make sure we keep you updated!

Prayer List

Please keep the following in your prayers:


  • Psa. Sarah and the child to be born of her
  • Newborn Infant Susanna
  • Mary Ann
  • Virginia 
  • Betty
  • Helen
  • Janet
  • Danielle


Parish Calendar

  • Calendar

    July 14 to July 28, 2024

    Sunday, July 14

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, July 21

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy - Fr. George Treff

    Sunday, July 28

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy