4/1/2020

To all our Parishioners and Friends,

 

The past two Sundays, I had that painful feeling of missing all of you at the Divine Liturgy. I am sure that you have all felt that same feeling while celebrating together the Divine Liturgy separated by the coronavirus. We missed each other. Community, Communion and unity with the Holy Trinity is what humanity is all about!

 

In our Tradition the Lenten season is a period in which we voluntarily abstain from receiving the Body and Blood of Christ and from certain foods. We pray and help others less fortunate than us. Its easy to abstain from food, its simple to increase our prayers and to be more charitable. But, abstaining from sitting at the Banquet of our Lord, celebrating His goodness together, that’s a real hunger cramp. To ease that hunger the Fathers of the Church established for us the Presanctified Liturgy. This year we can’t even have Presanctified Liturgies!

 

On the Resurrection of our Lord, we rise with Him, we triumphantly enter into His joy and we rejoice together as Saint John Chrysostom reminds us: “for the Table is richly laden! Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one. Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith. Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!”

 

Sadly, this year we will limit our prayers to the online Divine Liturgy for Palm Sunday and for Easter Sunday. Our Holy week services will be on Thursday and Friday only. At this unprecedented moment in time our live streaming Divine Liturgy will be on our Website and Facebook and you will be informed of the schedule. I urge all of us to use this period of Stay-at-home to simplify our life and needs. Let’s pray together every day in unison. Stay connected with your extended family and fellow parishioners. Let us all cleanse our hearts from all that defiles our souls and increase our hope and our faith. Faith is stronger than fear!

 

I am deeply grateful to those of you who are continuing to support our church with financial assistance. Your Sunday tithe are critical for the continued operation of our parish. Even during this extraordinary moment in time when all our public liturgies have ceased for the immediate future, we still have expenses to meet. Some might be able to do more at this time than others. We still need to be mindful of our gifts from God and return those gifts back to him.

 

  • Dcn. Marion, Dcn. Zyad and I are available to you by phone or email. There will be no face to face encounters.

  • A small group (Clergy, servers and Cantors) will celebrate our Liturgies and will be live streamed on Facebook and our Webpage.

  • I am available to hear confessions outdoor in an open-air space if judged helpful.

  • Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals will be restricted to 10 people Including the Clergy. (Immediate family only)

  • Our website will help keep you informed of important developments.

 

Let us remember that we are united in Christ through prayer and a common spirit of love and trust in Him. He is the center of our life and He will lead us through all challenges.

 

May our Lord protect you all and grant you the wisdom to accept and deal with this situation!

Fr. Peter

"Come and make nests in its branches." Mt 13:32 - We are a praying community, we follow the Apostolic Tradition, the Orthodox Faith of the First Christians of the Church of Antioch.  

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