Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
It is with much disappointment that I convey to you the following decision about our beloved church for Holy Week this year. The thought of not being able to congregate on the Feast of Feasts is sorrowful, but the safety of our parishioners and loved ones is paramount. As I heard it expressed by one Orthodox Christian recently, in times of war, when bombs are dropping, we are not looking to go to liturgy, we are looking for cover!
Please know that I will be praying for all of you during Holy Week, as I have been during Great Lent. I look forward to the day when we can once again see each other’s smiling faces “embrace one another.” (From the Paschal Canon)
With love in Christ,