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Welcome to our parish website. We hope you will find it helpful in learning more about Holy Cross Orthodox Church.
   

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).

 

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers” (Acts 2:42).

 

“Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must be Eastern. The West was fully Orthodox for a thousand years” - St. John (Maximovitch) of San Francisco

 

Holy Cross Orthodox Church is a Western Rite parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). As a Western Rite parish we are in full sacramental communion and visible unity with the 300 million-member Orthodox Church while preserving our Western liturgical and cultural heritage and patrimony. Our bishop is Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and Ruling Bishop of the Western Rite congregations and monasteries.

We are a traditional church. You won’t find anything new here. No new theology... no new morality...no trendy worship. What you will find is a warm, friendly and welcoming congregation committed to following Jesus Christ and to worshipping God in spirit and in truth.

Our church is located at 7545 Main Street in the Ralston suburb of Omaha, Nebraska. We have a spacious traditional chapel, an attractive modern parish hall, classroom and office space, and plenty of parking near the door - including covered parking. Everything is on one level, so there are no stairs to climb.

We are close to the Interstate and easy to reach from anywhere in Omaha or the surrounding communities. We are just three blocks west of 72nd Street, on Main Street in Ralston. Our church facility is located on the east side of Hillcrest Landing, under the covered parking. Just look for our signs. You can’t miss us!

We are a Western Rite Orthodox parish in the English and Celtic tradition. Our Services are in English and we use Gregorian chant and the great hymns of the Church during the Divine Office (Matins and Vespers) and the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist. Our clergy wear traditional Western vestments and our priests celebrate ad orientem (facing the altar). We are Orthodox in Faith and Western in practice.

We celebrate the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist (Commonly called the Divine Liturgy or Holy Mass) every Sunday at 10:00 AM, with fellowship and refreshments after worship and a potluck luncheon on the last Sunday of the month. Sunday Matins (Morning Prayer) is at 9:15 AM. Holy Day and week day Services are as announced. Christian Education classes (Sunday School) meet Sunday mornings from September through May at 8:45 AM.

You are invited to worship with us any time, and to join us for refreshments after the Sunday Liturgy and for our monthly potluck luncheons. There is always plenty of good food and warm fellowship.

There are many opportunities for involvement at Holy Cross parish. We have a Schola Cantorum (Vested Choir), a parish sisterhood (women’s group) called the Sisters of Holy Cross, the St. Joseph’s Guild - a parish organization of woodworkers and craftsmen who beautify and maintain our chapel for the glory of God, and a parish Prayer Chain.

Our parish provides large amounts of food to the Open Door Mission, and every ounce is contributed from within the parish. We also deliver hundreds of pounds of bread donations to the Francis and Siena House shelters every month. Holy Cross Orthodox Church is a faithful and active parish!

We are a local church with a national and global outreach. We have a parish website packed with information, a well-read blog - Fr. Novak’s Blog, a Media site, and a popular parish Facebook page.

We enjoy many fun parish activities at Holy Cross Orthodox Church, including fellowship and refreshments after the Sunday Liturgy, monthly potluck luncheons, occasional Dinner and a Movie Nights, an annual Christmas party, a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, an annual Summer Church Picnic, and a Fall Hayrack Ride, Bonfire and Potluck. The Christian life is anything but dull at Holy Cross parish - it is the good life!

We have members who drive in from as far away as Sioux City and Hancock, Iowa, and from Lyons, Blair and Bellevue, Nebraska. Why do they drive so far to go to church? Because they have found a church worth the drive!

Holy Cross parish is a church where you will not feel like a stranger. After a few Sundays you will feel like you have known everyone for years. If you are looking for a church home or visiting the Omaha area, I hope that you will worship with us. Holy Cross Orthodox Church is a faithful, friendly and active church, and we have a place for you. See you soon!

May God grant you every grace and blessing,

Fr. Victor+

The V. Rev. Victor Novak
Rector