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Covid-19 Issues and Measures

April 4, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope this message finds you well and in good health.  As I am sure you are aware, we are all receiving evolving information on what seems to be an hourly if not minute by minute basis.  This seems to be the case also with directives for our parish as the Holy Synod of Bishops and our Metropolitan Tikhon pray and struggle to find the best solutions to aid our spiritual life, amidst this ongoing pandemic.
With that being said, the current directive in place is that ohur parish is to remain closed until further notice.  We do know that the Metropolitan will be issuing an updated set of directives in the next couple of days with guidelines for Holy Week and Pascha.  
Needless to say, we can expect that our celebration of Holy Week and Pascha in the church will be like nothing we have ever experienced in our lifetime in America.  Perhaps it is a good time for our community members to reflect and remember with gratitude and thanksgiving (especially those of us who were born and raised in America) the countless faithful Orthodox Christians who lived in Albanian when there was no church.  When the faithful Christians of Albania could not gather and celebrate the great feast and holidays of the church year, not for a season, but for decades.  
With this in mind, I would encourage you to avail yourselves to the many online streaming opportunities there are tomorrow morning.  I will be tuning in to watch the liturgy from the women’s Monastery of the Transfiguration in Elwood City, PA.  Perhaps you have never been to or even seen (or even know) that our Orthodox Church has nuns!  Here is the link for your convenience. www.youtube.com/EllwoodCityChapel/live
Tomorrow, the Church remembers St. Mary of Egypt.  This is one of my favorite saints.  I strongly encourage you to take the time to read her life.  It should not take you that long and it is fascinating!!  Here is the link for your convenience.   www.stmaryofegypt.org/files/library/life.htm
Please remember our community in your prayers.  In as much as you are able, please continue sending your monetary gifts to the church either through the mail or from the convenience of our website.   
We continue to pray for your health and well being.  May God continue to bless and protect you.
In Christ,
Fr. Mark

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