Message from Fr. Lawrence
July 17, 2020
We will again be doing services with a very small gathering of servers, singers and tech personnel.The Sunday Divine Liturgy will be Live-streamed and Holy Communion will be served at the main entrance, after the Divine Service. The same rules relating to preparing for the reception of Holy Communion apply: being Orthodox in Faith; reading the Typika (Reader’s Service) or attending a Livestream of the Divine Liturgy before coming for Holy Communion; saying your prayers before Communion; fasting from food and drink from midnight; and participating in the Sacrament of Confession on a regular basis.
Again, we call upon the Orthodox to look deeply and to raise to God in prayer hearts full of mercy and established on the firm footing of repentance. All Orthodox prayer affirms humble repentance, joined, indissolubly, to an unpresuming and grateful expectation of God’s mercy: “Or despises thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; no knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” (Rom. 2:4).
“As the Establisher of human nature, and the Dispenser of healings, having a depth of compassion and an abyss of loving-kindness, O Longsuffering One, with Thy visitation do Thou visit Thy people in their devastating sickness and give them life that they may sing: O you priests bless, O you people highly exalt Him unto all the ages” (A Prayer Service Sung in Times of Devastating Epidemic and Death-bearing Pestilence, Ode 8, Sticharion at the Glory).
Hold fast my brothers and sisters, paternally, yours in Christ,