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Christmas and Epiphany

Advent is drawing to an end. Those four weeks of preparation for Jesus’ birth always go faster than we think they will.  This Sunday we will light all four candles on the Advent wreath, and Christmas Eve we will light the large white center Christmas candle. Beautiful hymns of anticipation will turn to familiar hymns of joy as welcome our Savior into the world.

Christmas ChancelAfter trying to tune out Christmas songs blasted over speaker systems in every store we’ve entered since before Halloween, it seems like we never have enough time to sing the hymns of Christmas in church. Outside the church the music is shushed after Christmas Day, but the season lasts twelve days! This year we have two Sundays in the Christmas Season. It has been our practice to worship using the beautiful English service of Lessons and Carols as the Liturgy of the Word, followed by the Eucharist, on the First Sunday after Christmas day, December 28th.

Christmas Creche 1Our celebration on Christmas Eve begins with music at 4:30 and continues with the Festival Eucharist at 5:00:

         Prelude at four thirty in the afternoon

Steven Snodgrass, violin       Bruce Power, organ
O little town of Bethlehem………….Lewis Redner
Now we say to Mary……………Alexandre Guilmant
The First Nowell…………Traditional EnglishCarol
Rhapsody on Noels…………………..EugèneGigout
It came upon the midnight clear….
……………………………………Richard Storrs Willis
In dulci jubilo…………………………….LeoSowerby
Concert to in D, S. 241……….Johann David Heinichen
This year our children will play a special part in the procession. Please bring them a few minutes early to the back of the church. They will process with the Choir and clergy, carrying the nativity figures to the manger in the Crossing.
Please join us for the Eucharist and this beautiful music!
The Christmas Season ends on Twelfth Night, January 5th. The Epiphany of our Savior Jesus Christ falls on January 6, Tuesday this year. We will celebrate the feast on Sunday, January 11th, when bring the Wise Men to the Manger, share the Eucharist and continue with our usual First Sunday Continuing Feast of a pot luck lunch following the 11:00 service. The season of Epiphany lasts six Sundays this year, taking us to Ash Wednesday, February 18th.

In other parish and neighborhood news, Hope House, our day shelter on Austin Street, is going well and smoothly under the management of Donna Earnest and Bradley Wheat, with help from some of our friends who come in for services. A steady stream of neighbors come on weekdays to use the showers, telephone, mail services and laundry; GED and recovery classes have been added! Late summer and fall have seen an average of 80 people coming each day.

Garden 2This fall two more beds were added in the Seeds to Success Garden on our lot behind the church building! The Occupational Therapy classes at LSU Medical School continue to be involved with our neighbors in the garden, along with our continuing partners: Project-ING, the LSU Agricultural Center and Shreveport Green. Classes on healthy eating and cooking are being offered by the Ag. Center, and we continue to look for new ways the ministry can bring fresh food to our neighbors. All for the glory of God and the health of our neighbors!

Last summer and fall five parishioners formed The Doughnut Patrol. They walked around the neighborhood with boxes of Southern Maid doughnuts, visiting with our neighbors. This culminated in an ice cream social, where all were invited and asked to tell us what they would like to see happen in the neighborhood. After Christmas the Doughnut Patrol will re-group and form plans for new ministries. Exciting times!

Our Sunday morning informal Eucharists continue in our Rose Garden. Only two Sundays since Easter the weather was so bad that we moved into the Chapel. A good friend brings bananas every Sunday to add to breakfast. After the Eucharist we move into the Education Building for a short Bible study. Doughnuts, coffee, bananas, water, fellowship — and Holy Communion and Bible study — a perfect Sunday morning.IMG_0833

In the Seasons of Christmas and Epiphany:
Every Wednesday: Holy Eucharist in the Chapel, using Enriching Our Worship liturgy, 12:15 pm
Every Saturday:
5:00 pm in the Chapel: Holy Eucharist, Rite I

Every Sunday
Around 9:20 am Communion in the Garden (or in the Chapel if the weather is bad.); Bible study following.  Informal; all are welcome!
11:00 am in the Church: Holy Eucharist, Rite II with hymns and sermon
9:45-12:30 Nursery in the Education Building

The Continuing Feast in the Undercroft:  On the first Sunday each month we continue the Eucharistic Feast with a pot luck lunch after the 11:00 service — the best in town! It’s a good time to meet and get to know one another. Please come!


Welcome to Holy Cross

We invite you to worship with us and learn about our fellowship and the ministries that define us as a community.

A Jubilee Ministry Center, we are active in ministries of social justice, and we value and practice our historic Anglican and Episcopal worship traditions.

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Worship Times & Directions

Service times may change during the holidays and summer months. To view seasonal worship times and events view our calendar, news and events or contact us for more information. We look forward to worshiping with you and your family.

Weekend Services

Saturday: 5:00 pm - Holy Eucharist, Rite I - Chapel

Sunday: 8:00 am - Holy Eucharist, Rite I - Chapel

Sunday: 11:00 am - Holy Eucharist, Rite II (with music) - Church

Weekday Services

Wednesday: 12:15 pm - Holy Eucharist, Enriching Our Worship - Church

In this mid-week service we are using Enriching Our Worship, approved by General Convention to supplement the rites of our Book of Common Prayer. The propers each Wednesday are those designated for the person whom the church remembers on the church calendar. We use the collects and information in Lesser Feasts and Fasts and in the new book, Holy Women, Holy Men.

Church of The Holy Cross
875 Cotton Street
Shreveport, LA 71101