Who We Are
We are an Orthodox Parish in Huntsville, Alabama. Orthodoxy is a part of the oldest Christian tradition dating back to 33 A.D., the day of Pentecost. We trace our roots back to the Apostles and their teachings. We are a stronghold of the moral, theological, liturgical, and spiritual traditions of the early Church. We invite you to come and join us to experience the worship of Early Christianity in the modern setting.
Experience the worship of the Early Church
Rooted in moral, traditional, spiritual, and liturgical traditions
Join us for the Divine Liturgy on Sundays at 10:00
The Church teaches the gospel—or good news. Christians of the Eastern Churches call themselves Orthodox. This description comes to us from the fifth century and has two meanings which are closely related. The first definition is “true teaching.” The Orthodox Church believes that she has maintained and handed down the Christian faith, free from error and distortion, from the days of the Apostles. The second definition is “true praise.” To bless, praise, and glorify God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the fundamental purpose of the Church. All her activities, even her doctrinal formulations, are directed toward this goal.
A Brief Overview of Beliefs
- Jesus Christ is the center of our beliefs, worship, and life.
- People considered the “least valuable” (poor, sick, needy) are seen as the “most valuable” in the eyes of Jesus, so we see them as most valuable as well.
- We believe that Jesus Christ founded the Church, and he had many followers who carried out His message to the world.
- A simple declaration of our faith is seen in the Nicene Creed:
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of
Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
Begotten of the Father before all ages;
Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not created, of one
Essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made.
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven and
Was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;
And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
And He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead;
His kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of Life,
Who proceeds from the Father,
Who together with the Father and the Son,
is worshiped and glorified,
Who spoke through the Prophets.
In One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I confess One Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead,
And the life of the age to come.
Holy Cross-Saints Constantine and Helen offers a wide range of ministries to support our parishioners and the North Alabama community.
These ministries include:
Philoptochos (friends of the poor) Society
Philoptochos fulfills its mission to “help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabilities and the victims of disasters through its National and Metropolis Boards and its 26,000 members and more than 400 active chapters, nationwide. Our active local chapter supports many local and regional charities.
The Church offers many activities and on-line resources for our youth. Sunday school is held weekly after Communion. Children in grades 6-12 have to opportunity to attend St. Stephen’s Summer Camp.
Holy Cross Sts Constantine and Helen hosts special events such as our Bake Sale and International Night throughout the year. Check here for upcoming programs and events.