Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our church year has been substantially interrupted by lockdowns and other special government restrictions. We have been making public worship available whenever permitted. Most of our special events were canceled or postponed. We are working to welcome the public back to our annual celebrations and special events in 2021-2022. Watch this space for updates and follow us on Facebook.
Weekends in Oct
This classic cultural experience of Palermo comes to Holy Cross. On the Saturday and Sundays of October explore our historic building with Le Vie guides. Your purchase of tickets helps support the vital work and ministry of Holy Cross Anglican Church. Find out more by clicking here : https://leviedeitesori.com/palermo/
We welcome the Rev'd Dr James Hadley as he is licensed as the next chaplain of Holy Cross at our 10.30 Holy Communion service. Special guests include Bishop David Hamid, suffragan bishop of the Diocese in Europe, Archdeacon of Italy and Malta, David Waller, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Palermo, Corrado Lorefice, and Leoluca Orlando, mayor.
4 December 10-6.30pm
On Sunday November 14 we celebrate a special service of remembrance for the fallen soldiers of World Wars I & II, as well as the armed forces of the United Kingdom and the United States. Join us as we welcome the military commander of the US forces in Sicily, and a special bagpiper.
Join us for our Annual Christmas Market in the nave of our historic church. Here you can buy an assortment of homemade gifts and treats for family and friends. Your generosity shown through this event helps sustain us throughout the year.
19 December 18.30
22 December 20.30
Join us for a wildly popular Christmas event in Palermo - our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. Because of Covid19 we are offering the service twice - each occasion with a maximum of 80 persons. Sing your most beloved English Christmas hymns by candlelight in our historic church as we listen to the story of Christmas. A family event you will not want to miss.
Sunday 19 December 6:30pm
SEATING CLOSED/POSTI ESAURITI
Wednesday 22 December 8:30pm
10 Seats Remaining
Merry Christmas! Please join us for three services this Holiday Season as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus the Christ.
Christmas Eve 11.30pm Carols with Organ
Christmas Day 10.30am Carols with Organ
St Stephen Day 10.30am Carols with Organ
Join us 19 February 2022 for a new lecture series on faith hosted by Holy Cross Anglican Church - Faith at the Crossroads.
Join us as we explore themes on:
"Spirituality and the Contemporary Person:
God and the Outsider".
A parish like Holy Cross is capable of attracting some exemplary names in the world of theological teaching, ministry, and writing. I am very pleased that Bishop David Hamid has accepted the invitation to preach the Easter Triduum in 2022.
I am also aware that inviting preachers from a range of theological traditions and backgrounds is an important way of valuing the spectrum of opinions represented in our congregation. I want to ensure all theological integrities feel included and represented in this important ministry.
Inviting preachers from churches abroad can also be a way of making and sustaining connections between our chaplaincy and the larger church, so I hope hearing a wider range of clergy will also be a good thing. The list of the preachers I have invited below for the next ten months offers an interesting opportunity for us to learn and grow as we seek to help God’s word take root in our lives. - Fr James
17 October 2021
The Venerable Canon Jonathan Boardman
Pastor - St Pauls, Clapham
Diocese of Southwark
Father Stephen Stavrou
Pastor - St Michael and All Angels, Barnes
Diocese of Southwark
The Right Reverend Karin Johannesson
Bishop of Uppsala
Church of Sweden
7 November 2021
Most Reverend Corrado Lorefice
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Palermo
The Rev'd Margaret Whitaker
Director - Upper Room Retreat Centre
Diocese of Norwich
The Right Reverend Robert Innes
Bishop of the Diocese in Europe
Church of England
The Right Reverend David Hamid
Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese in Europe
Church of England
The Venerable Jonathan Smith
Archdeacon of St Albans (retd)
Diocese of St Albans
The Rev'd Dimitrios Maroulis
Pastor - The Church of St Philip, Athens
Greek Orthodox Church
29 October 2021
We welcome back the monthly reading group with the hope that we can meet in person. And for those at home, join us via Zoom as we read Gli Ancalicani. The author Gianluigi Gugliermetto, an Italian priest in the Episcopal Church of America, provides the reader with an review of the history of the Church of England, and the subsequent development of Anglicanism. We read about the Anglican theological tradition, and what sets it apart from other Christian denominations. The reader comes to clarify many misconceptions: The English Monarch nor the Archbishop of Canterbury is the equivalent of the Bishop of Rome (The Pope); Anglicanism is not faith 'fai di te', but has a strong ecclesial and theological tradition. Join us, and discuss what it means to be an Anglican in Italy.
Author: Gianluigi Gugliermetto
Brother John of Taizé, an American raised in Philadelphia, joined the Taizé community in 1974 where he has spent years giving talks on the Bible to pilgrims. He has also become known as an accessible theological writer. In his new book Metanoia Br John seeks to answer the question as to how one can live an authentically Christian life? The answer he suggests is captured in the greek word metanoia. It describes a total reorientation and transformation of our being, never accomplished once and for all, through the action of the Spirit of the risen Christ. Metanoia takes us out of our self-centered outlook and our limited and self-interested actions and brings us into God's today, where we become witnesses to a real Presence, that of the universal Body of Christ.
Author: Br John of Taize
Join us as we read this classic work of the renowned Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner. One of the classics of modern spirituality, Encounters with Silence is one of Rahner’s most lucid and powerful books. A book of meditations about humanity's relation with God, it is not a work of dry theology, but rather a book of prayerful reflections. The immense success of this moving work is a tribute to its practicality and the ability of the great theologian to speak simply and yet profoundly to ordinary men and women seeking an inspiring guide to the inner life, one that never forsakes the world of reality. The book is cast in the form of a dialogue with God that moves from humble but concerned inquiry to joyful contemplation.