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Diocesan Families Invited To Submit Holy Week and Pascha Photos!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Diocesan families are cordially invited to submit via email with one photo of their observance of Holy Week and Pascha for inclusion in a special photo gallery, Pascha throughout the Diocese In The Little Church. Photos may include scenes from praying during live stream, following along the service,  processions, blessing food,  family pictures sharing a paschal meal or their holy corners, etc.  Read more...

Archpastoral Letter For Pascha 2020

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Today I greet you with great love and joy in the Name of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ following His glorious Resurrection. On Great and Holy Pascha, we behold the triumph of Christ, as He rose from death to life, from darkness of the tomb into the Light. With the Resurrection of Christ, all Creation is filled with a new Light of life and joy. On this Feast of Feasts, this Holy Day of Holy Days, we all proclaim the only truth that matters, the Truth that Christ is Risen!

This year we have experienced a different Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha from that which we normally do. The world has been turned upside down with the arrival of the Coronavirus known as Covid-19. This invisible entity has attacked us in a vicious way. Millions of people have been exposed to the virus showing no symptoms. Read more...

Holy Week Message to Orthodox Youth Workers

Sunday, April 12, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [Diocesan Chancery]  The Orthodox Youth Directors in North America,  a blessed working committee of individuals who serve as the departmental heads of the youth, college and young adult ministry departments of the different Orthodox churches represented in the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States,  has issued a letter of encouragement, today, to all Orthodox Youth Workers in America.  The text of the message is as follows:

Dear Fellow Youth Workers in Christ,

While we are trying to profit our Youth in a time of challenge to our ministry, while we are working hard to keep them connected to Christ and His Church when their faith is threatened in a new way, we are all, like the Apostles, following our Lord in amazement as He makes His way to Jerusalem and through His Passion.  We know what is to come.  The Apostles did not. The apostles were clearly told by our Lord what was to come!  They may have chosen to not fully accept – but our Lord told them clearly. Read more...

Further Archpastoral Directives From Metropolitan Gregory Re Remainder of Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha

Monday, April 06, 2020

Today I am writing to you with additional details concerning the remainder of Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha, specifically for our Diocese.  These are in addition to Protocol No. 11/2020 dated April 3, which included the Statement of the American Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA.  Read more...

12 Hours of Intercession To St Nectarios: A Facebook Live Prayer Event

Sunday, April 05, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory the Diocese will be livestreaming the Moleben to St. Nectarios from 24 different Diocesan Parishes over the course of 12 hours beginning at 8 A.M. on Thursday morning April 9 on the ACROD Facebook. As His Eminence reminds us when watching these services online, if we are in good health we should reverently participate as we would in Church.

This is a beautiful opportunity for our Diocese to come together in prayer asking God to send comfort and strength to those suffering with the Coronavirus and medical doctors and nurses on the front lines battling it. Read more...

Archpastoral Directives From Metropolitan Gregory Re Remainder of Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha

Thursday, April 02, 2020

April 3, 2020

Protocol No. 11/2020

God is with us!

Dear Reverend Clergy and Faithful Laity of the Diocese,

I am writing today to update you on our plans for the remainder of Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha. This morning the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America (of which I serve as Secretary) met for its weekly meeting to discuss ideas and options available to us on how to proceed in these most confusing, fearful and disturbing times.  We received and reviewed the most updated information from governmental, health, and scientific authorities. After much discussion and prayer, the Hierarchs came to the consensus of how we would celebrate this year.        Read more...

Diocese Offers Holy Week At Home Resource

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] - With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory,  a booklet entitled “Holy Week From Home” has been created by Frs. William Bennett and Jonathan Bannon as an aid for all of our people who will be celebrating the services at home this year instead of in their churches.  This family friendly booklet even has icons at the back that can be cut out and used during the week.  

All Diocesan families young and old are encouraged to download and print up a copy of this excellent resource for use in their homes. Read more...

Schedule of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory For April 2020

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

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

12 Hours of Intercession To The Mother of God A Facebook Live Prayer Event

Monday, March 30, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory the Diocese will be livestreaming the Moleben to the Mother of God from 24 different Diocesan Parishes over the course of 12 hours beginning at 8 A.M. on Thursday morning April 2 on the ACROD Facebook. As His Eminence reminded us in his homily on the Sunday of the Cross when watching these services online, if we are in good health we should reverently participate as we would in Church.

This is a beautiful opportunity for our Diocese to come together in prayer asking God to send comfort and strength to those suffering with the Coronavirus and medical doctors and nurses on the front lines battling it. Parish Priests will also be inserting the special prayers for the defeat of the coronavirus into the Litany at the conclusion of the service. Read more...

Appeal From St. Nicholas Parish in NYC

Friday, March 27, 2020

JOHNSTOWN, PA  [Diocesan Chancery] --  With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory,  our Diocesan St. Nicholas of Myra Parish in New York City,  is appealing to the faithful of the Diocese to assist them in a special outreach project for the medical front line workers in the Coronavirus Pandemic at the City's hospitals.  The text of an appeal letter from Fr. William Bennett, Pastor of St. Nicholas  follows:

Glory to Jesus Christ! Slava Isusu Christu!

Brothers and sisters across the diocese, with the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory, we are appealing to all of you today for drawings and letters to share with the physicians, nurses, all the medical professionals and hospital staff who have put their lives on the line for the health and care of our community. Read more...

 
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