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Beginning May 31, we will start celebrating the Divine Liturgy publicly at St. John of the Desert. To fulfill our spiritual needs without compromising our physical wellbeing, we will limit the attendance to 30 persons.
You must sign up at 6:00 pm every Saturday. To reserve, enter your name, email and the number of people attending. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. If you are unable to reserve, but would like to receive communion, attend the Liturgy from your car in our parking lot. Immediately following the Liturgy and after the congregation has been dismissed to their cars, communion will be distributed in the Parking Lot.
Everyone who reserves a spot is expected to wear a mask to the Divine Liturgy.
Only those who reserve online will be able to attend the Divine Liturgy in person.
Stay home if you are sick.
Consider staying home if you have serious underlying medical conditions or caring for others.
WE WILL ENFORCE THE FOLLOWING:
Every family group or individual must always maintain a social distance (6 feet) in church and outside the building.
Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Venerate icons with a bow; without touching or kissing.
Stay in your pew during the Gospel reading.
Masks shall always be used. Exempted are those under 2 years of age. Also exempted are those who have trouble breathing or unable to remove their mask without assistance.
Protect those in your household. In the Narthex, use hand sanitizer and wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds as soon as you get home.
Seats will be marked. Please sit on marked seats only.
One person or family group will come for communion at one time.
The church will be ventilated continually.
The Davis Hall will be inaccessible, before, during, and after prayers.
The number of people using the restrooms will be restricted to 2 people at the same time to maintain social distancing.
"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.
The Melkite (Greek) Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See as part of the worldwide Catholic Church.
"Come you all: enter into the joy of your Lord. You the first and you the last, receive alike your reward; you rich and you poor, dance together; you sober and you weaklings, celebrate the day; you who have kept the fast and you who have not, rejoice today. The table is richly loaded: enjoy its royal banquet." St. John Chrysostom
"Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, ... " Acts 4:32
... “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:34-36
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