Holy Cross Graduates Receive Crosses
Congratulations to our newest Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology graduates, who received their crosses during Great Vespers and Stavrophoria on Friday, May 17. Members of the class of 2019 are pictured here with HCHC’s Interim President, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, along with His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, His Eminence Metropolitan Andreas of Arkalochori, Kastelli and Viannos, His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia, and His Grace Bishop Ilia of Philomelion.
Holy Cross Chapel was filled with the proud families and friends of the graduates, of whom His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios said, “They will take the light of Orthodoxy out into a world that has grown dark and lost its way.” His Eminence also said, “The presence here today of my brothers in the Holy Eparchial Synod is a manifestation of their belief in this school and their determination to help ensure its future success.”
The cross bestowed upon each graduate is rich with sacred symbolism. It depicts the eagle associated with the Apostle and Evangelist St. John the Theologian, patron saint of our School of Theology. The eagle holds open the Bible, with the first words of the Gospel according to St .John inscribed there: “In the beginning was the Word.” The letters embossed on each arm of the cross are the first of each word in the school’s name as rendered in Greek: Theological School [of the] Holy Cross.