Online services, Bible study & chats available

21 Mar

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are finding ways to “gather together” via alternative technologies. I welcome you all to join me for online services, studies, and chat groups, listed below. 

NOTE: Although services are publicly streamed on our parish Facebook Page, and Children’s Sermons are publicly posted on our parish YouTube Channel, only parishioners receive private access codes to GoToMeeting chat groups; however, if you wish to participate and need access information to GoToMeeting, please contact me, Fr. John, via email: jjillions@gmail.com.

WEEKLY SERVICES, STUDIES & CHATS

THURSDAY, MAY 28, The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord

Liturgy of the Word…………9:00 a.m.   (via Facebook Live)

 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 30, Eve of the Commemoration of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

Great Vespers………………..4:00 p.m. (via Facebook Live)

Weekly Children’s Sermon…..(Regularly posted by Saturday evening on the parish YouTube Channel)

 

SUNDAY, MAY 31, Commemoration of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

7th Sunday after Pascha

Liturgy of the Word……9:00 a.m.   (via Facebook Live)

Church School………………..10:00 a.m. (via GoToMeeting)

Virtual Coffee Hour……………11:00 a.m. (via GoToMeeting)

 

MONDAY, June 1, International Online Panel Discussion

“The Orthodox Community in the Time of COVID-19”…………1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m (via Zoom)

The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (Cambridge, UK) is holding an online conversation to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on Orthodox faith communities in the UK and abroad. Five panelists, including Fr. John Jillions, pastor of Holy Ghost Church, will explore questions of theology, liturgical practice, and faith in the public and private space. Click here for more information about the event. Participation is limited to the first 100 to sign in to the Zoom meeting.

 

WEDNESDAY, June 3, Weekly Bible Study 

 Final Class in Series: Divine Guidance in the Bible”…..7:00 p.m. (via GoToMeeting)

Don’t let your Bibles get dusty!

This series opens up a wealth of information regarding how many biblical figures—such as Abraham—received Divine Guidance. Please join our 1-hour class for scriptural insights, Q&A, and warm fellowship. 

 

SATURDAY, June 6, Eve of the Feast of Pentecost

Great Vespers………………..4:00 p.m. (via Facebook Live)

Weekly Children’s Sermon…..(Regularly posted by Saturday evening on the parish YouTube Channel)

 

SUNDAY, June 7, The Feast of Pentecost

Liturgy of the Word………..9:00 a.m.     (via Facebook Live)

Church School………………..10:00 a.m. (via GoToMeeting)

Virtual Coffee Hour……………11:00 a.m. (via GoToMeeting)

 

 

Additionally, the OCA has provided links to numerous websites to help you to pray at home and to connect with other live-streamed liturgical services. Find those resources here.

With God’s help we will get through this pandemic, and gather together face-to-face once more!

With love in Christ, Fr. John Jillions, Pastor

 

 

 

Changing practices due to the Corona Virus: guidance from our hierarchs

13 Mar

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

 

Corona Virus ImageAs we live under the shadow of a pandemic due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19), we continue to realize that the disturbing spread of this virulent germ has significantly jarred not only the rhythm of our social life but also our church life.

To lead us through this period of change, we are receiving regular guidance from our hierarchs. Let me draw your attention to special communications issued by the Orthodox Church in America’s (OCA) Holy Synod of Bishops and Metropolitan Council and from our primate of the Orthodox Church in America and our presiding bishop here in the Diocese of New England, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, regarding church regulations during the pandemic :

Let me also draw your attention to a common toolkit developed by the Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America that presents suggestions for a staged reopening of churches in the U.S.A. Although our parish will be developing and following its own particularly tailored plan to reopen, which eventually will need to receive the blessing by our ruling hierarch, Metropolitan Tikhon, this toolkit presents some helpful resources for consideration as we work on our own plan. It includes:

I know all of us are disheartened that we cannot attend the inspired liturgical services together. But, as Metropolitan Tikhon notes in one of his messages: “Others may worry that [these] directives will shatter our life in community and separate us from Church life. I would ask you to be mindful that these actions are taken for the sake of our brothers and sisters in Christ, and even for the larger community. This is an opportunity to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of the neighbor whom we love.”

Besides our own church services being held virtually, you may also wish to follow the daily services being live-streamed by the nuns from Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City, PA: hereOn Sundays Akathist and Hours are served at 8:45 a.m. and Divine Liturgy is served at 9:00 a.m. Additionally, the nuns hold the following services Tuesday through Friday: 6:30 a.m.—Matins &1st Hour, Typica; noon—3rd, 6th & 9th Hours; 5:00 p.m.—Vespers and Compline (with an Akathist on Friday). On Saturday, Matins is at 7:30 a.m., Divine Liturgy is at 8:45 a.m., and Vigil is at 6:30 p.m. The monastery is closed on Mondays.

Finally, the OCA website has a very rich and helpful collection of online resources that you can use at home to continue your life of prayer at home during this time: See OCA resources here.

Please feel free to call me if you have questions or concerns: (203) 572–0026.

Yours in our Lord, Father John, Pastor

 

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