Thursday, March 19, 2020

Prayers and a Paragraph

Dear Parish Faithful.

The link below is to a Special Prayer Service seeking deliverance and protection from the coronavirus. I believe it comes from the OCA Diocese of New York/New Jersey. It is meant to be prayed before one's icon corner. Please avail yourselves of it as you see best.

I have also included a paragraph that I found on a particular diocesan website that, I believe, is just the right response to what we are going through. We commemorate the Cross of our Lord this coming Sunday, and we look to the Crucified One as our ultimate salvation.

We find ourselves in a Lent that is not typical, but offers us the chance at real asceticism. We have been given our own metaphorical desert to labor in. We have the opportunity to pray more diligently and intentionally than before. While we are separated by distance, we are joined by faith. We are never truly alone for we are surrounded by that great cloud of witnesses. And when we, at last, emerge on the other side of this time of trial, and can once again join together in the fullness of the liturgical worship of the Church, it will be as glorious as Pascha for our path must always pass through the Cross before it can arrive at the Resurrection.