As I further reflect on the terrible pandemic which overshadows the entire world and our own Nation, I have concluded that we must act in defense of our families and neighbors by temporarily restricting gathering together. We must also continue to be even more concerned for our neighbor, for others, and do our part to prevent the spread of the virus.
Therefore, I am terminating all gatherings at least until March 31, when we will review the status of the pandemic as determined by medical and government sources.
I hope and pray that with our efforts to restrict the spread of the virus combined with those of our friends and neighbors, we may have passed the worst of this crisis by Holy Week and Pascha and thus might be able to gather safely to celebrate the joyful mysteries of Christ's Passion and Resurrection. In the meantime, we will create a Resource page on our website to help you pray the services at home with your families.
May God protect and sustain us all.
Today begins a period of preparation in our Church for the great feast of the Nativity of Christ. During this period the Church invites every human being freely and simply, saying: "We are now fasting, if you want you can come along too".