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Notes for Services From Tonight Thru Pascha from Fr. Nick
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we are now on Holy Friday, with Holy Saturday and Pascha Sunday ahead of us, I would like to inform you about the order of services we will hold at the parish of the Holy Trinity.
The 6-foot distancing rule must be implemented and I ask for the ushers’ help. Please retain and enforce the 6-foot distancing in every activity. This rule also offers accessibility to the church primarily to those who have submitted their intention to attend and secondarily to those who decide at the last moment. I truly hope that we will not be forced to turn out anybody but if capacity is exceeded this rule will be strictly upheld.
Please bring your service books (or sheets) from home. The parish is not allowed to pass liturgical books to those entering the church. This restriction will cause difficulties, especially for the Lamentations but it also has to be upheld.
The procession of the Epitaphios (Friday evening) will be done by the Priest, the chanters, the ushers who will carry the cloth of the Epitaphios and the people will remain in their pews holding their candles. Following consultations, it has been decided that the procession will take place primarily indoors and also extend to a small area of the parking lot adjacent to the church. I would ask for all to stay indoors and wait until the Epitaphios returns to the nave from the parking lot. At the moment of the return to the church you will be directed to leave the pews, pass under it and return to your seats. Once all have passed under it, please follow the instructions of the ushers. You may afterwards, come up again to venerate the Epitaphios as you would an icon (bowing, without kissing).
For the Anastasis (midnight) service, the parking lot area immediately to the left of the church building will be utilized. Please keep the 6-foot distance between yourselves and other groups. At its completion we will return to the nave for the Canon and the D. Liturgy.
You might be asking why the difference in the treatment (indoors vs. outdoors) of the two services. The gathering of people in a moving procession presents medical dangers associated with the Covid-19. For that reason it has been considered prudent to limit the movement of people in an (eventually) tight procession during the Epitaphios. A small procession, keeping everybody attending stationary within a safe distance is probably the best solution.
As for the Anastasis, it will be held outdoors for the following reasons: a) there are many people not staying until the end b)the parking lot offers ample space to stand c)the opportunity for people to leave without returning back into the church is offered. (This is not an endorsement of the practice). ALSO THIS SERVICE IS NOT PROCESSIONAL. People are expected to stay stationary and there can be a slow and measured return into the nave, always with the help of the ushers.
I know that these practices vary somewhat from old norms. Still, let us try to balance the danger of Covid-19 with our traditions. After all, if it rained during Lamentations, we would have taken similar actions. Let us hope that next year things will be even better.
Thank you for your cooperation and the Lord’s blessings upon you all.
Fr. N. Galanopoulos
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Social Event Cancellations: The Parish Council has also decided to not hold the usual meals and egg hunt for Pascha. We look forward to these returning next year.
Blessed Pascha to Everyone!
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Please join us for fellowship [when COVID-19 restrictions are removed] in the Church Hall immediately following the Divine Liturgy. For those visiting an Orthodox Church for the first time, please be aware that Holy Communion is a sign of unity of faith, which is only offered to Baptized and Chrismated Orthodox Christians. All present are welcomed to come forward and receive the antidoron (or blessed bread) which is distributed at the end of the service. For those interested in learning more about the Orthodox Christian faith, please feel free to speak with Fr. Nick after the service.
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Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 117.24,29.
This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Verse: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his mercy endures for ever.
The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 1:1-8.
In the first book, O Theophilos, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom of lsrael?" He said to them, "it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth."
Great and Holy Pascha
The Reading is from John 1:1-17
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.
The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'") And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.