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Ecumenical Patriarchate Modifies Suspension of Liturgical Services in USA

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

March 19, 2020

Protocol No. 9/2020

God is with us!

Dear Reverend Clergy and Faithful Laity of the Diocese,

          I am writing to you again within 24 hours as the very fluid situation with the Coronavirus pandemic continues to change for us.  The Patriarch has reversed the suspension of services directive that we all received yesterday specifically for his Churches in the United States.  Below is the letter from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros to the Metropolitans concerning this decision. Your Eminence, It is with brotherly joy but also with much agony that I communicate with Your Eminence in these critical and unsettling times, when all of humanity is in turmoil over this sudden pandemic of COVID-19. As Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, I am informing you of the just-issued decision of the Holy and Sacred Synod concerning the pastoral measures which must be taken for the protection of the flock of the Mother Church throughout the world.

Having discussed the situation with the Sacred Center of Orthodoxy, at length, and having inquired specifically about the United States, I received His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s reply, namely, that we should allow for the divine services, including Divine Liturgies, to be celebrated in our Holy Churches behind closed doors, as is the case with the Monasteries.  In this way we may be able to keep our liturgical tradition alive, even in this minimal way, but also that we may broadcast through streaming and other means the aforementioned services for the spiritual benefit of our faithful.

Having duly conveyed the above to Your Eminence, I pray for continued strength and resolve as we face this unprecedented and disconcerting situation.

With undiminished love in the Lord, and esteem,

New York, March 18, 2020

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Urgent Update From Metropolitan Gregory Regarding The Coronavirus or Covid-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

March 18, 2020

Protocol No. 8/2020

God is with us!

Dear Reverend Clergy and Faithful Laity of the Diocese,

          As this Coronavirus crisis continues to spread and intensify on a global scale, the Ecumenical Patriarchate is monitoring the situation with an urgent sense of responsibility towards the faithful and all people without exception, and, following the Communique of 11 March 2020, upon deliberation of its Hierarchs in the City announces the following:

1) The Ecumenical Patriarchate emphatically reiterates its appeal to everyone to limit their outings and travels to what is necessary, remaining in their homes for their own safety and the protection of the general public.

2) It commends the spirit of self-sacrifice demonstrated by those working in the field of healthcare and expresses its gratitude for their extraordinary and exhaustive efforts to assist those in need, as well as for the danger they knowingly risk by coming in contact with those infected by Covid-19.

3) It underlines the need for everyone to follow the decisions and instructions of the responsible health authorities for the sake of the common good.

4) In light of the decisions already taken by some of the eparchies of the Ecumenical Throne, today we universally declare our ecclesiastical resolution and mandate to cease all divine services, events, and rites, with the exception of private prayer in church that will remain open, until the end of March. This restriction will be later reassessed, in accordance with the development of the pandemic caused by the virus.

5) All Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monasteries will continue to hold regular divine services for their monastic communities, but outside pilgrims and visitors will not be permitted entry.

6) In the same framework, the Patriarchal Offices at the Phanar will remain closed until further notice, while the Ecumenical Patriarch and clergy of the Patriarchal Court will perform the prescribed divine services and pray for the whole world and for its speedy relief from this trial.

From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod Read more...

Diocesan Lenten Retreats Cancelled

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA --[Diocesan Chancery] -- With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory, we wish to inform you that the Eastern, Central and Western Regional Diocesan Retreats have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. In regards to the Eastern Regional Retreat, if any reservations have been made with payment, a full refund will be issued. Read more...

Archpastoral Letter Regarding The Coronavirus or Covid-19 Pandemic

Thursday, March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020

Protocol No. 7/2020

God is with us!

Dear Reverend Clergy and Faithful Laity of the Diocese,

I am writing to you today with a sense of urgency, as we confront the new Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic that is potentially affecting not only our physical and spiritual health but also our way of life in the United States of America.  If you have turned on the television, listened to the radio, or followed the announcements on your phones for the last three weeks or so, you would think that the world is coming to an end.  Local public and private schools are shutting down for several weeks.  Professional sports leagues are suspending their schedules.  Colleges and universities are closing down their on campus activities and doing everything on-line for the remainder of the spring semester.  Even the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball March Madness Tournaments have been cancelled.  What will we do for the next three weeks without our madness?  How about going to Church and observing Great Lent in a more meaningful way. Read more...

Venue Change for Young Adult Retreat

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

MERCER, PA [Camp Nazareth] -- The Young Adult Retreat scheduled for this coming weekend, March 13-15, 2020 at Camp Nazareth, has been cancelled due to concerns regarding the Coronavirus.  

However, the Host Committee would still like to offer an “Online Retreat” on Saturday, 3/14, featuring a keynote session by Fr. Sergius Halvorsen, who was scheduled to speak at the Retreat, as well as a Q and A Session with His Eminence Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa, Fr. Sergius and Fr. Stephen Loposky.

Please find below the times and details of the Keynote and Q and A Session.  The same link is good for all day. We will be using “Zoom” – a video conferencing provider. Read more...

The Lenten Spring Has Come!

Sunday, March 01, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- With the setting of the sun and the celebration of Forgiveness Vespers this evening, the season of The Great Fast has been ushered in throughout our God-Saved Diocese and the entire Orthodox Church.

This Holy Season, as His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory has reminded us in his Lenten  Archpastoral Letter,  is a time for increased "... self-examination, reflection and confession.... Great Lent is not just about what we eat, but more importantly how we live."

To assist the faithful in making the most of this holy season, additional resources have been added to our Diocesan Website. Read more...

Archpastoral Letter For Great Lent 2020

Saturday, February 29, 2020

My beloved Faithful Clergy and Laity of our God-Protected Diocese:

As we begin Holy and Great Lent this year on March 2nd, I want to share with you a few thoughts so that we may journey through this reflective period and arrive at the Great Feast of Feasts, Pascha to receive the Resurrected Christ.

We are reminded that there can be no true fast, no genuine repentance, no reconciliation with God, unless we at the same time reconcile with one another. In this holiest period of the ecclesiastical year, we should honestly examine our relationships with our families, our parish families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and the Church in general. Read more...

Schedule of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory For March 2020

Thursday, February 27, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The public schedule of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa for March 2020 has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...

Metropolitan Gregory Makes An Archpastoral Visit to Cuba On Behalf of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Sunday, February 23, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA – (Diocesan Chancery) – His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory represented His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew the weekend of January 24 – 27, 2020, during an archpastoral visit to Havana, Cuba. Metropolitan Gregory joined His Eminence, Metropolitan Athenagoras, The Primate of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Caribbean Islands for the celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Consecration of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral and the re-establishment of the Orthodox Church in Cuba. Read more...

Orthodox Youth Directors of North America Meet in Phoenix, AZ

Monday, February 17, 2020

PHOENIX, AZ -- On Wednesday and Thursday, January 22-23, 2020, the Jurisdictional Orthodox Youth Directors in North America held their annual face-to-face meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Each year the National Youth Directors meet prior to the Orthodox Youth and Camp Workers Conference (YCC) which is an event they’ve been sponsoring and hosting for 19 years. The Conference gathers together Youth and Camp Workers from all jurisdictions across North America for 2 days of learning, networking and connecting in the ministry of Orthodox youth formation. The YCC was held this year in Phoenix at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and gathered together the National Youth Directors, parish youth workers, camp directors, camp counselors, church school teachers, and others for the two-day Conference. Read more...

 
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