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Felix sit annus novus!

Updated: Feb 8

Felix sit annus novus!

A New Years Message

Blessing and Greetings from your Rector and welcome to Mission of the Holy Cross Western Orthodox Church. This is my first New Years Report for the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of America, Archdiocese of New York. As we enter the New Year 2024, let us reflect on the blessings of the past year and look forward to the promise of the new one. In the spirit of faith and devotion, may the New Year bring you joy, peace, and prosperity.

But a little history first. On October 23, 2020, Archbishop Anthony of New York welcomed both myself and Holy Cross into the Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions it took until the week of October 15th, 2023 to finally formalize our relationship in order to obtain that much needed foundation of stability in both Doctrine and Discipline that we very much desired. It was then that I was able to attend the Church's Synod in Wappingers Falls, New York from October 16th to 19th.

The Synod was held at Mt. Alvernia Retreat Center. It is a beautiful facility with an expansive property run by the Roman Catholic Franciscan Friars. This bucolic location provided us with a perfect place to rest both our bodies and minds for the coming days.

On Tuesday October 17th, I was Chrismated by his Grace, Bishop Joseph (Boyd), Coadjutor Bishop of the Orthodox Archdiocese of New York and Bishop 0f the Missionary Diocese of Southeast Asia, into the Orthodox Faith. My Chrismation was followed by my Reception of the Minor Orders of Tonsure, Doorkeeper, Exorcist, Lector Acolyte, and Subdeacon by Archbishop Anthony, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Holy Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church of America.

The following day, on October 18th, Archbishop Anthony Ordained me to the Priesthood. What a truly Joyous Occasion! The Synod carried on until Thursday, October 19th. We were blessed to have plenty of time for Fellowship. Participants came from around the world, including Canada, the United States, Asia and the United Kingdom. This was my introduction to Orthodoxy and its Western-Rite expression. The atmosphere at Mt. Alvernia was wonderfully inviting. Such a gentle Orthodoxy.

Again, I am most grateful to his Eminence Archbishop Anthony (Bondi) for his Pastoral Leadership and Support. It was worth the three year wait (Thanks COVID!). Because of such an incredible experience at Mt. Alvernia, and I look forward to our next Synod and Conference in October of 2024.

The Year ahead

2023 was truly a very good year. I became fully part of the Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Holy Cross entered into a new period of Stability. We now celebrate Mass (according to the 1962 Missale Romanum) at the Rectory on Sunday morning. I remain willing to offer Spiritual direction to anyone who desires it, as well as be available to people who feel that they are in need of Pastoral Care. Our Blog, Snapdragon, continues to post articles and will do so for the foreseeable future.

As we begin a New Year we are filled with Hope for the future. We are not looking back. In 2024, our plan is to continue offering an Orthodox Catholic presence in Cape Breton. We will make the Sacraments available to those who wish to be part of our Faith Community, which is both authentic and devoted to the Faith once delivered to the Saints.

Holy Cross is also a Registered Charity with Canada Revenue Agency. So, any donations and contributions to support our Mission and Ministry is greatly appreciated. Both myself and my wife, Presbytera Cathy welcome you to the Rectory at 116 Morley Road, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in attending our Devine Liturgy.

In closing, I extend to you all a warm and sincere wish that 2024 will be a year filled with love, laughter, and abundant blessings. And may it also be a year that provides you with a renewed sense of hope and happiness. Felix sit annus novus!

May this new beginning serve as an opportunity to bond us all together; resolute in our Orthodox Catholic Faith. And may the Peace which passes all understanding keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be amongst us and remain with us always, Amen.


Published on December 28th, 2023

© Dr. Charles Warner 2023

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