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''Holy Cross Monastery from the East''
== 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]
The clergy of the [[monastery]] previously served under the [[omophorion]] of [[ Kyrill_%28Yonchev%29_of_Pittsburgh|Archbishop Kyrill]], who shepherded the [ http://www.oca.org OCA's] [ http://www.oca.org/CAdioceseWP.asp?SID=8 Diocese of Pittsburgh] , Pennsylvania and the [http://www.oca.org/CAdioceseBU.asp?SID=8 Diocese of Toledo,] Ohio. Since the [http://oca.org/News. asp?ID=1265&SID=19 repose of Archbishop Kyrill] during the summer of 2007; they now serve under the [[omophorion]] of [http://www. oca.org/HSepiscopacy.asp?SID=7#primate Metropolitan Herman, ] who serves as [[ locum tenens]] of their [[diocese]] until a new [[ hierarch]] is elected and installed for their [[diocese]].
[http://www.holycrossmonastery.org Holy Cross Monastery ] serves [[Orthodoxy|Orthodox Christians]] of all ethnic backgrounds and all cultural traditions. Services are predominantly celebrated in English, but are often also heard in [[Romanian]], [[Slavonic]] (also known as Old Bulgarian), and [[Greek]]. Many [[Orthodoxy|Orthodox Christians]] with roots in [[Church_of_Romania|Romania]] and [[Bulgarian_Orthodox_Church|Bulgaria]] regularly attend services at the [[Monasticism|monastery]]. Orthodox faithful of all backgrounds come here for [[Marriage|weddings]], [[Baptism|baptisms]], and other [[Sacrament|sacramental]] blessings. Elegant dining space and a covered portico are available for receptions. Spiritual day retreats have been held here by [[ Orthodoxy|Orthodox Christians]] from the Orthodox Church in America ([http://www.oca.org OCA]) by neighboring [[Greek_Orthodox_Archdiocese_of_America|Greek Orthodox]] parishes, and by many other [[Orthodoxy|Orthodox Christian]] groups.
=== Schedule of Services ===
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 [[Romanian ]], [[Slavonic ]] ("Old Bulgarian"), [[Greek ]], or English as the need arises.
**6:00 PM [[Great Vespers]] (The time for
[[Great Vespers ]] is subject to change ; so please call before beforehand at 510-581-2778)
*''Services which are open to the general public are listed above.''
Daily_cycle|liturgical offices]] are reserved for the [[ monks]] and may be attended by special arrangement. === Contact Information ===
Please respect the sacred solitude and quietude of the cloister and contact the Fathers before visiting at times other than Sunday mornings.
*''Address:'' 34580 Palomares Road, Castro Valley, CA 94552-9622 (near 6.58 mileage marker) ** [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/about-us/directions/directio.htm Directions] *''Telephone:'' 510-581-2778 — ''Fax:'' 510-581-3836 *''E-mail:'' firstname.lastname@example.org *''Web:'' http://www.holycrossmonastery.org *''Web Page at the OCA's website:'' http://www.oca.org/DIRlisting.asp?SID=9&KEY=OCA-BU-CAVHCM == Monastery Background == The [[Orthodox_Church]] traces its history back to the original Church founded by [[Jesus_Christ]]. It is the Church of the [[apostles]],of the [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Martyr martyrs,] and of the early Christians. [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Orthodoxy ''Orthodoxia''] is a Greek word meaning "correct praise" or "correct teaching" and the [[Orthodox_Church]] considers itself to be the bearer of ancient Christian [[Tradition]]. [[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 [[monasticism]], see [http://www.holycrossmonastery.org/articles/followme.htm Come, Follow Me.]) === Early Beginnings === [http://www.holycrossmonastery.org Holy Cross Monastery] began with its [[Abbot]], [[Archimandrite]] Theodor. He always dreamed of founding a [[monastery]] one day for the greater glory of God. In 1965, while he was very young and after he had been [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Ordain ordained] as a [[priest]] for just one year, his devout mother suddenly and unexpectedly fell asleep in the Lord. He was an only son and his mother left her inheritance to him; since she knew of his holy intention to build a [[monastery]] one day. This legacy from his mother was the seed from which [http://www.holycrossmonastery.org Holy Cross Monastery] would one day take root, but it was not enough to acquire property suitable for a [[monastery]]. So he labored in the Lord's vineyard as a parish [[priest]] until he met his first [[disciple]] in 1970. When he heard this young man talk about his interest in pursuing the [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Monasticism monastic life ,] he asked him if he would be interested in helping him build a [[monastery]]. "The days when emperors, tsars, or kings will build monasteries for us are past," he said. "If we want a [[monastery]], we shall have to build one ourselves." It was then, in 1970, that they made their holy vow that one day, by the grace of God, they would build a [[monastery]] together dedicated to the [http://www.holycrossmonastery.org/articles/historical/translations/feastday.htm Holy Cross.] It took the [[monks]] nine additional years to save enough money to buy property suitable for a [[monastery]], and then, in 1979, with the blessing of their [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Diocese diocesan] [[bishop]], they purchased a rural estate that would eventually be consecrated as [http://www.holycrossmonastery.org Holy Cross Monastery.] The [[monks]] themselves have performed most of the labor that has transfigured this rustic property into a frontier of Paradise. They have also stacked every stone in our retaining walls and planted the trees in the cloister precincts. The majestic redwood trees that tower behind our cross shrine were planted by the Fathers themselves from one-gallon cans in 1980, during the first summer following their arrival here. [[Image:Cross_shrine_Jan_2005_1.JPG|Facing East toward the Cross Shrine of Holy Cross Monastery with redwood trees planted by the Fathers in the background]] ''Facing East toward the Cross Shrine of Holy Cross Monastery, with redwood trees planted by the Fathers in the background. Mosaics of Christ and the Virgin Mary flank the Cross in center. Redwood trees planted in 1980; Photo taken in January 2005.'' === A Sanctuary Where God Dwells among Men === [http://www.holycrossmonastery.org Holy Cross Monastery] thrives by the grace of God and through the hard work and professional employment of its [[monks]]. Although friends and supporters have given and continue to give donations to help further the Fathers' holy work, the [[monastery]] is self-supporting. The [[monks]] have never sent out appeals for donations and have never even passed a collection plate in their [[monastery]] [[chapel]]. Whatever friends, supporters, and visitors have ever given of their own free will has been gratefully and humbly accepted and used for the greater glory of God by the [[monks]]. The Fathers do their utmost to make every visitor feel that their monastic dwelling is a spiritual home to anyone who comes to them for spiritual nourishment. [http://www.holycrossmonastery.org Holy Cross Monastery] exists as a haven of spiritual tranquility, tolerance, and kindness—not only for the local owls, deer, foxes, and raccoons—but for all who come to partake of the monastery's peace and befriend the Fathers. The beauty and harmony of the [[monastery]] and its environs speak for themselves and speak to the soul and heart of anyone who loves God, humankind, and nature. The [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Jesus_Christ Lord] said: "Foxes have dens and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head" ([http://orthodoxwiki.org/Gospel_of_Matthew Matthew] 8:20). In this tumultuous and tempestuous world, [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Jesus_Christ the Lord] has few places in which to lay His holy head. [http://orthodoxwiki.org/Monasticism Monasteries] provide the Lord with sanctuaries of calm and quietude, where He can rest His holy head and where those who seek Him and love Him can embrace Him. One can sense that God resides and dwells among the [[monks]] at [http://www.holycrossmonastery.org Holy Cross Monastery,] where the [[monks]] strive and struggle in their imperfect way to serve His every need. === Vocations ===
If after reading [http://www.holycrossmonastery.org/ articles/ followme. htm Come, Follow Me,] you believe that you also may be called to explore giving your life entirely to God in holy [ [monasticism]], please contact the Fathers of the monastery at email@example.com