My brothers and sisters in Christ.
I hope and pray that you are holding up within this pandemic that has kept us home and feeling isolated. Though we are not physically together yet we are with each other and prayers.
I wanted to give you all an update on Holy week and how we will celebrate this year given our limitations.
First, the Synod of our Bishops released a communique with the following four directives:
1. The sacred services of our Orthodox tradition for Holy Week and Easter will continue to be observed in the Parishes and the Monasteries following the directives of the local Metropolitans and in accordance to the mandates of the respective State and Health authorities. Therefore, the “closed-doors” policy will be strictly enforced, the services will be broadcasted via the internet and they will be celebrated only with the participation of the priest, the chanter, and the acolyte.
2. Abiding by the regulations of the aforementioned State and Health authorities, there will be absolutely no distribution of the traditional material offerings to the faithful, including palms, candles, Holy Unction, flowers, eggs and the Paschal Light.
3. Spiritual guidance may be provided remotely using technological means, but the Sacrament of Holy Confession and the Prayer of Absolution cannot be offered via the telephone or via electronic media.
4. This year’s National Clergy-Laity Congress will be held through an internet teleconference forum on a date to be announced in the near future.
I bolded the second point, because His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael was emphatic that we adhere to this.
Also, please note that our Metropolitan has asked that the Holy Saturday Evening Service (the midnight service) be moved forward to begin at 10 p.m. (this is when the “Δεύτε Λάβετε Φώς/Come receive the light” will begin).
Please check our Calendar if you have any questions
You can watch our services by clicking on any of the links to our Live Stream.