Blessing of Cars Following Divine Liturgy

Blessing of Cars Following Divine Liturgy

Dear Faithful,

Our lives under this pandemic are uncertain in many ways. Our summers have seen family plans and vacation plans go through stages of rescheduling and unscheduling. The days have been hot and humid; the COVID-19 news not always good news.

Yet, we continue on with strength and hope. On Sunday we will hear this very encouragement from the Apostle Paul: by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. Our entire worship draws encouragement from the holy scriptures. Our entire worship orients and re-orients our hope toward God.

In these uncertain times, our poor worship is important for us, for our neighbors, and for the life of the world. Our parish has been re-opened now for over 2 months and it has been a great comfort and blessing to hear the gospel sung, the sacrifice of thanksgiving offered, and word of God proclaimed in our midst. We are blessed to join with so many generations before us who turned to God in difficult and uncertain times. May we go forward with faithfulness and strength.

We will have Vespers on Saturday evening (6:30) and Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning (9:30). These services will be live streamed on our YouTube channel - Holy Trinity Poconos.

Here are important things to follow at our parish. Face masks must be worn throughout the services ... even if you are social distanced within the Church building. Please let me know if there are reasons why you are unable to wear a face mask. Social Distancing must be observed while at the Church. This especially includes receiving wine and prosphora at the zapivka table following communion. After receiving communion and returning your face mask in place, please collect your cup of wine and piece of prosphora and clear the area so that others may approach the zapivka table. It is essential that you contact me if you intend to be at the Sunday Liturgy. Even if you have already been attending liturgical services, I still must be notified and your name placed on the list. People not on the list will be asked not to enter the Church. If you are not feeling well or have an elevated body temperature, you must stay home and not attend Church.

Blessing of Cars

After Divine Liturgy on Sunday, we will bless our cars as is our annual tradition at this time of year. If you are not on the list to attend the Divine Liturgy, but still would like to have your car blessed ... please come to our parking lot between 11:00 am and 11:30 am on Sunday. I will be happy to bless your car then.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me or any member of our parish council. God bless you and stay strong.

In Christ.
Father Nicholas

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