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Holy Cross Monastery (Castro Valley, California)

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''Holy Cross Monastery from the East''
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'''About Holy Cross Monastery'''
[http://www.holycrossmonastery.org Holy Cross Monastery] serves [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Orthodoxy Orthodox Christians] of all ethnic backgrounds and all cultural traditions. Services are predominantly celebrated in English, but are often also heard in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_language Romanian,] [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Slavonic Slavonic] (Old Bulgarian), and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_language Greek.] Many Orthodox Christians with roots in [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Church_of_Romania Romania] and [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Bulgarian_Orthodox_Church Bulgaria] regularly attend services at the [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Monasticism monastery.] Orthodox faithful of all backgrounds come here for [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Marriage weddings,] [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Baptism baptisms,] and other [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Sacrament sacramental] blessings. Elegant dining space and a covered portico are available for receptions. Spiritual day retreats have been held here by [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Orthodoxy Orthodox Christians] from the Orthodox Church in America ([http://www.oca.org OCA]) by neighboring [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Greek_Orthodox_Archdiocese_of_America Greek Orthodox] parishes, and by many other [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Orthodoxy Orthodox Christian] groups.
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'''Schedule of Services'''
Services which are open to the general public are listed above. Other [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Daily_cycle liturgical offices] are reserved for the [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Monks monks] and may be attended by special arrangement.
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'''Contact Information:'''
''E-mail:'' cybermonk@holycrossmonastery.org — ''Web:'' http://www.holycrossmonastery.org
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'''Monastery Background'''
[http://orthodoxwiki.org/Monasticism Monasticism] itself arose out of this spiritual fervor and devotion of the early [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Orthodox_Church Christian Church]. The [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Monasticism monastic life] has always been an honored path for men and women to "deny themselves, take up their cross" and follow the Lord by devoting their lives to Him and becoming [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Monks monks or nuns.] (cf. [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Gospel_of_Matthew Matthew] 16:24). Taking vows of personal poverty, chastity, obedience and stability, they seek spiritual perfection by leading lives pleasing to Christ. In their imperfect way, they strive to serve him with a three-fold service of prayer, work and study. (For more on the [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Holy_Scripture scriptural] origins of [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Monasticism monasticism,] see [http://www.holycrossmonastery.org/articles/followme.htm Come, Follow Me.])
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'''Early Beginnings'''
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