''Holy Cross Monastery from the East''
New section == '''About Holy Cross Monastery '''
[http://www.holycrossmonastery.org Holy Cross Orthodox Monastery] (also known as "Holy Cross Monastery") is a [http://www.oca.org/DIRlisting.asp?SID=9&KEY=OCA-BU-CAVHCM monastic institution] of the Orthodox Church in America ([http://www.oca.org OCA]) located in Castro Valley, California. See [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=106878179845566900196.0000011231bc07414a576&ll=37.633167,-121.951659&spn=1.472504,2.554321&z=9&om=1 Map]
[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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Services at [http://www.holycrossmonastery.org Holy Cross Monastery] are usually conducted in the languages best understood by those worshipping with the Fathers, who can conduct services in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_language Romanian], [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Slavonic Slavonic] ("Old Bulgarian"), [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_language Greek,] or English as the need arises.
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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