Greetings in our Lord,
I pray this electronic communication finds you to be well.
Attached is a link for a message from me sent out on Facebook a few moments ago. It is a prayer that was offered, along with a reminder about services this evening. Click SUBSCRIBE on the YouTube site - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjwF4Et0EXk
I invite you to join us on Facebook. If you have not “liked” the page, go to Annunciation Cathedral Baltimore – you will find the site. Make sure that you click on LIKE. It will be live- streamed and respectfully remind you that, in accordance with regulations issued by the State of Maryland, remain in your homes. We will be joined together in person soon enough.
I have also included a link for the service text for this evening for you to follow in prayer. You may follow this link - http://www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/p/s/2020/03/20/co2/gr-en/se.m03.d21.co2.pdf
Our parish has always offered assistance to those in need. If you know of someone who needs assistance in picking up groceries, medications, or running errands, do not hesitate to contact me. There are a number of volunteers that are ready to assist.
There is so much in which today we offer in prayer – and just simply as we end the service tonight, we say loudly, LORD, HAVE MERCY – LORD, HAVE MERCY – LORD, HAVE MERCY!
May God bless you and protect you!
With all my humble blessings and prayers,
Below is a revised directive from His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey.
Revised Patriarchal Directive.pdf
You will be notified of the format of the platform, either Facebook or YouTube. We are making every effort to have this available to you.
We will also be adjusting some of the times of the weekday services. Our first service held in this manner is the Salutations to the Theotokos on Friday, March 20th.
Although this does not take the place of worshiping in our church, it is being offered in this manner to allow you to participate with your church family. It is also being done for your health, and the health of others. I ask you to be respectful of this.
May God bless each of us!
Greetings in our Lord -
Today marks the 114th anniversary of the founding of the Annunciation Cathedral in Baltimore. For decades it was the only Orthodox Church within the State of Maryland.
I invite you to enjoy this short greeting and message.
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Dearly Beloved in the Lord:
The wisdom that we have from the Saints of our Church can inspire us and give us the courage to face the challenges we face in our lives. The words of St. John of Kronstadt remind us to be compassionate towards one another at all times but especially today confident that “God, the Angels, and the Saints will be compassionate to you.”
Today, as we struggle to find a cure for COVID19, the coronavirus, it is important that we pray, look for inspiration and comfort from the words of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, and be guided by the wisdom of the Saints of our Church. At the same time, we are expected to follow the recommendations made by health agencies of our nation, our state, and our county.
I had mentioned that we would be continuously be evaluating the conditions of the coronavirus and how it affects our Parish life. Today, we have made the following decisions regarding our ministry schedule:
1. Divine Services will continue. At this time, you will be able to pray the services on our Facebook page. It has been in our plans to allow online services and are making every effort to allow you to participate.
2. Fellowship Hour after Divine Services will be suspended until further notice.
3. The Lenten meal AFTER the Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy of our Parish Feastday, have been cancelled.
4. All other Parish ministries, meetings, and events are being suspended until further notice (Sunday School, Greek School, Dance Practice, Choir, Choir practice, and Adult Religious Ed., etc).
The Cathedral cannot sustain without your presence and it is imperative that you continue to keep all in your prayers. It is also important that, respectfully, you continue your support to the Cathedral. If you have not made a pledge, or wish to make donations to the Cathedral, go to www.annunciationbaltimore.org. To the right side of the screen is the donate button. I thank you from now for your consideration.
Our Parish will continue to provide Divine Services and ministries to the faithful. All services from this point forward, until further notice, will be held in the Cathedral. The Parish Office will remain open; however, this is not the time to just stop in, call ahead of time. Our staff is limited and with this pandemic, we are also dealing with this situation.
Permit me to also say that we should be following the practices of Great Lent in our homes. The daily reading of Holy Scripture, the offering of daily prayers, the many videos that can be found on YouTube regarding our Faith (TrisagionFilms.com is excellent), or viewing Divine Services from our Facebook site can be helpful.
As we enter our own desert, read the lives of the saints, live your faith, and continue to offer prayers for guidance, prayers for those in health care, prayers for those who are working in various industries that are need, prayers for those who are not able to work due to these circumstances, and as we begin every service, In peace, let us pray to the Lord – Lord, have mercy!
During this time while you are home, take time to pray. Take some time to consider helping those in need – with our closets overflowing with so much, and when it is permissible, take items to those who will make good use of them. Check on your family members or neighbors that may need assistance. Try not to get so wrapped up in social media, but rather take advantage of this time with your family in not getting wrapped up in the busyness of life. As the weather begins to clear and warmer days are ahead, enjoy time outside. Consider taking a walk and instead of being tethered to a headset and listening to music, offer prayers, and most simply the Jesus prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”
I remind you the importance of Saint Ephraim the Syrian, “But rather give me the spirit of prudence, humility, patience, and love.”
You continue to be in my prayers,
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