Amidst the busy streets of Visakhapatnam, a summit flourishing tranquility and spiritual enhancement is Holy Cross Church, one of the must visit Churches in Vizag.
Holy Cross Church stands as an ornament of Visakhapatnam near old Gajuwaka in symbiosis with urban and rural life. The foundation stone of the pink shaded architecture is laid by Johannes Joachim cardinal Degenhardt, the archbishop of Paderborn during February, 1995.
“Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, there a church of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults”
The vast arena has an aegis of peace and love. The walls are showcased with the paintings of Jesus life, significant among the Christian Vizagites. The pulchritudinous sculptures of the forms of Jesus and Mary welcome the devotees. Worshipers of Holy Cross church show adoration with complete mind and soul. They strive to follow Jesus footsteps spreading love and truth, seeking encounter with god.
” Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon”.
The evening mass starts at 6 00pm every day. Adorations take place on every Friday and Wednesday, dedicating every Wednesday to St.Jude. The church fest is celebrated with pomp and glory during last week of October participated by in numerous people in the city. The feast day is called “novina” which unlike other churches is celebrated for nine weeks where as others do it for nine days. The church is blessed with four diverse congregations from the country mainly from Kerala, Mangalore and Goa holding religious significance in the city. Holy cross has a share in the social embellishment of the city. Few affiliated schools are run by the church. They are located in the rural section of Visakhapatnam for the underprivileged children. Few schools being Gloria, St.jude, Nirmala high school, g.v.k etc located at Rajivnagar, Yallamanchili, Vdlapudi respectively.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life”.
The prayer hall can accommodate hundreds of people welcomes both Christian and non Christian communities. The presbytery and parish hall are inaugurated last year. The sacred and long holy cross inside the church is the main attraction. The impressive interiors, sculptured walls and the exclusive portico are magnificent. Holy cross church is flamboyant with celebrations throughout the year, devotes attend mostly during festive days in Visakhapatnam like New Year, Christmas, Easter, whitsun, good Friday and many more.
The timings of the church are;
Morning; 6 00am to 11 00pm
Evening; 4 00pm to 8 00 pm
They aim at keeping alive, the flame of faith at Holy Cross and carry the knowledge and responsibility to the generations to come. The parish priest of the church is rev. Fr. Thomas manalil and the name for the impeccable admirable architecture goes to rev. bro. k Emmanuel. The father of the Church Fr. Thomas has been dedicatedly performing his duties.
“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks “