On Wednesday, May 24 – the Apodosis of Pascha – the grace of God was poured out with overwhelming abundance on the brotherhood of Holy Cross Monastery. Our beloved First Hierarch Metropolitan Nicholas presided at a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, which was festively served (according to ancient custom) exactly as on on Holy Pascha itself. Our joy was made yet more full when, immediately following the Great Entrance, His Eminence ordained our own Hierodeacon Isaac to the holy priesthood.
At the conclusion of the Liturgy, Metropolitan Nicholas led a cross procession to the construction site of the new church, whereupon he served the Rite of the Foundation of a Church, placing holy relics into the east wall behind the altar and blessing two beautiful cornerstones which were generously donated to the monastery by the master stonecarver Michael Lucas. His Eminence then congratulated the brotherhood on this historic occasion, reminded us of the great gratitude which we ought to feel in our hearts for all the tremendous blessings which the Lord has poured out upon us unworthy ones, and lastly exhorted everyone to continue their prayers and labors toward the completion of this God-pleasing work.
Through his archpastoral blessing and prayers, may the wonderful progress which we have seen over the past year continue speedily, until the day finally arrives when we can offer prayers and divine worship to the Lord God in this new temple dedicated to His Precious and Life-Giving Cross!
All donations will be gratefully received to help complete this beautiful House of God.