Information on the COVID-19 Coronavirus for the Faithful

From Father Christopher to the Faithful

Dear friends and faithful of Holy Cross,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.

Below I have attached the directive from Archbishop Alexander about the immediate suspension of all social gatherings until March 29. He calls everyone in the parish to remain at home, even at the time of the Divine Liturgy.

In the meantime,

  • During the government "Stay at Home" order, there will be no services at church. We are streaming non-Eucharistic services via FaceBook (You do not need to be a member of FaceBook).
  • We are participating in online video chats.
  • We are praying for each other and for the whole world.
  • And we continue to deny ourselves, to repent of our own sins, to fast and pray, and to give alms, walking the Lenten journey of joy-creating sadness toward the Passion of our Lord, and His glorious Resurrection!

This is being done out of selfless love of neighbors, not out of panic or fear. We want do our part to help reduce the risk that our health care system will be overwhelmed by a sudden spike in those who need care as has happened in other countries. Please see the directive and explanation.

I am still available for meetings and confessions by appointment.

Please remember to still send in your tithes and offerings as we still have our normal expenses. You can mail your check to 645 Greensboro Road, High Point, NC 27260 or give online here.

On this page is a prayer to add to your daily prayers:

And here is a homily in which I address how our Orthodox Faith, and the teachings in Lent, prepare us for times such as these, and how even when we are unable to come to church in person, we prepare a temple for Him in our hearts, and He dwells within us always.

In XC,

Fr. Christopher

Documents, Resources and Links

Directive from Archbishop Alexander

Statement of the Synod of Bishops of the OCA

Abbot Tryphon, of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington, writes about clergy protecting their people, reorienting our gaze from the secular world to the eternal, without blaming others, remembering the grace that pours out upon us even in services we are unable to attend, uniting us to Christ.

Elder Zacharias writes encouragingly on how "the plague is helping me," how to see the goodness of God in all the things that are happening now.

Ornament

Prayer of Protection
from the Coronavirus

For the Faithful to Offer at Home in the Morning.

O Lord our God, Thou who art rich in mercy, and with careful wisdom directest our lives, listen to our prayer, receive our repentance for our sins, bring an end to this new infectious disease, this new epidemic, just as Thou didst avert the punishment of Thy people in the time of David the King. Thou who art the Physician of our souls and bodies, grant restored health to those who have been seized by this illness, raising them from their bed of suffering, so that they might glorify Thee, O merciful Savior, and preserve in health those who have not been infected. By Thy grace, Lord, bless, strengthen, and preserve, all those who out of love and sacrifice care for the sick, either in their homes or in the hospitals. Remove all sickness and suffering from Thy people, and teach us to value life and health as gifts from Thee. Give us Thy peace, O God, and fill our hearts with unflinching faith in Thy protection, hope in Thy help, and love for Thee and our neighbor. For Thine it is to have mercy on us and save us, O our God, and to Thee we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, to the ages of ages. Amen.