Services This Week
Services This Week:
Sunday May 17, 2020 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
Orthros – 9:00 A.M
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 A.M.
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Saints Contantine and Helen
Orthros – 8:30 A.M
Divine Liturgy - 9:30 A.M.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Great Vespers - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday May 24, 2020 Sunday of the Blind Man
Orthros – 9:00 A.M
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 A.M.
NOTE: All services are with Priest, Chanter & assistant only.
All services are streamed live and available for replay at the following links for YouTube and Facebook:
Protocol 20-08 Directives (General & For the Faithful)
1. Limitations have been implemented in order to reduce contact and proximity, the primary factors involved in virus transmission. Therefore, easing of restrictions is now being allowed, while keeping these primary factors in mind.
2. Given that there is little to no consistency across the various "stay-at-home" and "social distancing" orders imposed by state, county, and local governments; parishes are allowed to begin holding liturgical services which are open to the parishioners in accordance with local law.
Directives for the Faithful
1. Individuals who have been exposed to the virus, experienced symptoms, or who are part of vulnerable groups (elderly, immuno-compromised, under a physician's care, etc.), should remain home, and may be ministered to individually by the priest.
2. Individuals should maintain distances of at least 6 feet from one another in and around the church, wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer, follow directions and signage for seating and traffic flow, and stay home if they are sick or symptomatic.
3. Immediate families living in the same household may sit together, however, a distance of at least 6 feet should be maintained between families.
4. The practice of venerating icons by bowing (instead of kissing) should be observed.
5. If local law requires the wearing of face masks in public, parishioners likewise are required to do so in church. As well, even where local law does not require it, individuals may wear face masks in church if they wish to do so.
6. When receiving Holy Communion parishioners should tilt their heads back and open their mouths widely, so that the sacrament can be dropped in without contact.
Choir Practice will resume when we are able to gather again as a church family.
Welcome to our Guests
Father John and the members of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church offer warm greetings to all our guests. We are happy to have you worshiping with us and we hope that you will make this your spiritual home in the future. You are invited to receive blessed bread (antidoron) which will be given out at the end of today’s services. Please join us downstairs for refreshments so we can visit with you.
Please be reminded that out of respect for what goes on during the Divine Liturgy, there are certain time when not to enter the Nave. These times are: 1) between the readings of the Epistle and Gospel; 2) when the priest censes the icons and the congregation; and 3) whenever the priest faces the congregation to bless them. When entering the Nave, please enter by the side aisles and not by the middle isle. Stanchions will be placed by the Narthex door in order to prevent anyone from entering the Nave at inappropriate time. When the Parish Council Members ask that no one enter at a particular time, please heed their request. It is disruptive to the other worshipers when someone enters the Nave at an inappropriate time. Everyone’s cooperation is appreciated.
Respectful Worship Environment
The worship experience is enhanced by having your children participate. Please help them learn proper behavior and reverence while in the Church. Teach them to cross themselves, venerate the Icons, & respond prayerfully “Lord have mercy.” If they become too loud, please take them to the Narthex for a brief stay and return as soon as they have calmed. More Church etiquette may be found at http://stnicholasgoc.net/our-parish/church-etiquette.
Recitation of the Lord's Prayer
Please remember that everyone has the opportunity to say the Lord’s Prayer in their first language. The order of languages is: Greek, English, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, and Arabic, and German.
The Holy Communion of the Orthodox is the Holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is with awe and love that we approach the Divine Mysteries. Therefore, the Communion of the Orthodox is reserved only for those baptized and chrismated Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves by prayer and fasting, as prescribed by the Canons of the Holy Church. Women, in respect of our Lord, please remove lipstick before you approach to receive, in order that no oils contact the Holy Spoon or the Holy Chalice.