Given the rapid spread of covid19, and the up-to-date instructions from government and church officials, Father George will celebrate the Salutations and Sunday Liturgy with only the chanters in attendance until April 10.
Pastoral Message from His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey concerning the COVID-19 pandemic
My Beloved in the Lord,
I pray this letter finds you all both physically and spiritually well during these challenging times as we continue our Lenten Journey towards Pascha.
Words can scarcely describe the depth of the current situation being experienced throughout this country and the world regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The issues that have stemmed from this pandemic have tested the confidence of governments, the determination of communities, the resolve of the strong, the endurance of the frail, and the faith of all people.
In these trying times, it can be difficult for some to keep their faith when all they see around them is panic. Yet even as the world is burdened with uneasiness, we as Orthodox Christians must nevertheless remain steadfast in our faith for “God is with us”. In the midst of society’s despondency, we must recognize that God never abandons us and in the throes of the world’s despair, we must project the hope of the Resurrection. How we conduct ourselves is a direct reflection of our personal faith. We cannot give in to sentiments of sensationalism nor can we allow ourselves to be overcome by terror. Instead, we must reflect on the words of our Father when He says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10).
Therefore, I implore each and every one of you, do all you can to nurture your faith during these unsure times. When you arise, offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God that He blessed you with another day saying, “Glory to You, King, God Almighty, who through Your divine and loving providence have consented that I, an unworthy sinner, should rise from sleep and obtain entrance into Your holy house. Accept, Lord, the voice of my prayer as You accept those of Your holy and spiritual powers; and that not through my defiled lips, but from a pure heart and humble spirit, praise may be offered to You so that I also, with the bright lamp of my soul, may become a companion of the wise virgins and glorify You, God the Word, who is glorified in the Father and the Spirit. Amen.” READ MORE