Covid-19: Services resume for up to 48 persons

GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST!

August 12, 2020:  Directly below are updated guidelines from our Diocesan Archbishop.  Below these eight points are our older guidelines, some of which still apply.

1.  Continue to require face coverings (“masks”) at all times while inside – there is a consensus that this is helpful – we are not experts, and so we follow the consensus of the experts. 

2.  Require physical distancing during services – 6 feet between each individual or “family unit”. Choirs should be particularly attentive to this requirement. Outdoor services are fine, for now, as is “livestreaming” to an adjacent parish hall. Maximize the use of your space within the recommended guidelines. Airflow is important: open doors where applicable and practical. 

3.  Continue cleansing the spoon for the sake “of the weaker brother”. When there is a marked and consistent downward trend in the diocese, we will return to the normal distribution of the eucharist. 

4.  Resume kissing of icons, the cross, etc. Once again, the consensus is that this is primarily an airborne particulate transmitted virus. Of course, one may continue to venerate with the sign of the cross and bows. 

5.  Be creative with fellowship while still employing precautions – avoid enclosed spaces (take your coffee fellowship outside – thank God that autumn is approaching). 

6.  Permit indoor gatherings or classes of 15 or less so long as physical distancing is observed, face coverings are worn, and the duration is limited to less than one hour. 

7.  Encourage its clergy to visit parishioners in outdoor settings, and visit the vulnerable infirm inside with face coverings and distancing. Visits to hospitals and nursing homes are permitted where allowed. No further restrictions for medical personnel, so long as they are following their professional precautions. 

8.  Be cautious and charitable, and use common sense. In all things follow the spirit of what we are trying to accomplish.

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Dear faithful in Christ, 

We have been blessed by our Dean to accommodate a maximum of 48 people at services. 

Please contact me at arizonitisa@gmail.com or 601-310-2256 to make an appointment for Confession and to receive Holy Communion. If you are unable to attend services, please pray at home, and/or follow online worship services  by clicking here.

Please note and help us adhere to the following guidelines as laid out by our Diocese and provided by our Archbishop:

WHEN YOU COME TO CHURCH

  • Use hand sanitizer immediately upon entering the Temple. Sanitizer will be provided at the greeting table near the entrance.

  • Note that the Temple has been marked to facilitate "social distancing".  Please stand on one of the tape marks on the floor. Families will stand together around one mark.

  • All in attendance, except for choir singers, concelebrants and readers (while reading), must wear cloth masks or face coverings according to CDC guidelines.  These should obviously be removed for Holy Communion and promptly reapplied again. Children under the age of 8 are not required to wear face masks or coverings. We will have a few masks on hand if you arrive without one.|

  • Do not kiss anything - icons, priest's hand, Chalice, etc.

  • When receiving Holy Communion, hold the red cloth under your mouth as usual to catch anything that might fall, but do not wipe your mouth on the cloth. Use the Kleenex that will be provided to you to wipe your mouth and then place it in the container; it will be burned.

  • When the service is over, please do not loiter inside to chat; go outside and observe social distancing. There will be no Church School or coffee hour.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Looking forward to seeing you in Church! God Bless you!

In Christ,

Fr. Alexis

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