After Liturgy and brunch, we went to Salisbury Beach in Salisbury Massachusetts. Afterwards we had a BBQ Dinner in Newburyport and headed back to campus for closing activities.
This morning we celebrated liturgy on campus. Following brunch we separated into groups and were blessed to visit three local nursing homes to spend some time with the residents. Upon returning to campus we shared our experience during our visit. After Vespers and Dinner we walked over to JP Licks, a local ice cream parlor, where we enjoyed a tasty treat and some fellowship. Upon returning to campus we had our evening session and ended with the Sanctification of Time.
In the morning, we went on our Breakfast Search (unable to be photographed). In small groups with CrossRoad staff, we asked homeless people in Cambridge to have breakfast with us and share their personal journey with us. Since we had risen so early for this, after lunch we rested during Be Still Time. Then we went to Vespers at St. Mary's in Cambridge. Upon returning to HCHC, Fr. Luke Veronis spoke to us missions and vocation.
The morning started out with Orthros and Divine Liturgy for the commemoration of St. Euphemia. Following classes the CrossRoaders participated in an Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) presentation on campus led by Orthodox college students from the Boston area. The OCF students shared the importance of staying connected to the Church during the college years and about the hundreds of college and university OCF chapters already established throughout the country. For Vespers we travelled to Holy Epiphany Russian Orthodox Church in Boston. Tonight the CrossRoaders will prepare for their service projects which are part of Stage 3 of Crossroad.
Following classes today, we traveled to Taxiarchai Church in Watertown, MA to embark on one of our favorite CrossRoad activities...Defending Your Faith. Here, teams of CrossRoaders defended their faith to CrossRoad staff who were role playing people of other faiths. The CrossRoaders used the lessons learned this week in the classroom to defend their faith to others. The night finished with Mother Thekla speaking about her decision to become a monastic followed by Small Compline in the chapel and the displaying of the relics.
Today after classes, we had the opportunity to take a historic boat tour around Boston Harbor. Afterwards,The Holy Resurrection Bulgarian Orthodox Church hosted us for discussion, dinner and a small evening service. Upon returning to campus, we headed back to the classroom to review brief synopsizes of 60 saints then we played CrossRoad Challenge...a spin off of the game show Jeopardy!
Following classes today, we traveled to historic Faneuil Hall for some souvenir shopping and lunch. For Vespers this evening we went to neighboring St. George Albanian Orthodox Church.
Today the CrossRoaders participated in workshops on chanting and woodworking for church decoration. These workshops, Orthodoxy in the Arts, took place at a neighboring Orthodox Church in Cambridge and began with a discussion led by Dr. James Skedros titled, "Holy Places and Spaces," in the sanctuary. Following vespers and dinner, the staff led activities on Vocation & Worship and the CrossRoaders ended the evening sharing with one another what they have learned so far.
On Day 2,CrossRoad began the day with liturgy. In the afternoon, we headed to Beverly, Massachusetts for Project Adventure and took part in a ropes course activity stressing teamwork and trust. After dinner at Project Adventure we headed back to campus. Upon returning to HCHC, Dr. Rossi, professor at St. Vladimir's Seminary, spoke about Vocation and Relationships. A Small Compline service completed the day.
CrossRoaders from 14 states and Canada are ready to take the challenge! See the CrossRoaders on their first day learning about each other in a series of games and activities.