Beloved of St George & St Shenouda Church,
As we close out the year and enter a new year, we would like to wish you all a year of blessings of love, joy, peace and prosperity. “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build….” (Nehemiah 2:20)
3rd Joint Statement Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Dear beloved congregations of the churches of the Archdiocese of North America in New Jersey and the Diocese of New York & New England.
Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ to each and every one of you. We continue to pray for your safety and well-being and for the steadfastness of your faith during this difficult time.
We are facing an unprecedented situation in the recent history of our Church. In response to the global outbreak of COVID-19, communities throughout the world have taken extreme measures to attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus, including government-mandated lockdowns of entire regions. As you know, despite these efforts, cases in the United States have continued to rise and pose a significant health risk to individuals of all ages. Unfortunately, our community has likewise been impacted, as several parishioners and members of the clergy have tested positive for COVID-19.
In view of our spiritual and moral obligations and civic responsibility to cooperate with our leaders and make every effort to protect the wellbeing of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, the Church is cooperating fully with government efforts to implement social distancing. Out of our love and care for our congregations and our neighbors, we are suspending all liturgical services in all of our churches effective immediately and until further notice. Each church will continue to reach out and serve her beloved children through our various technological capabilities, and we will remain united throughout this difficult period in prayer and fasting. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your priest(s) or servants in the event of any need.
Although the church building may be temporary closed, the mystical spiritual church within each of us, with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our bodies as the Temple of God (1Cor 3:16;1Cor 6:19), is still open for prayer and offering an acceptable sacrifice to our Heavenly Father. In addition, during this period, the priests shall continue to pray liturgies in their homes upon the holy consecrated tablets which are used as portable alters and intercede for their congregation before the omnipresent God. We will remain united throughout this difficult period in prayer and fasting. We are all at your service if you ever need anything. Please do not hesitate for a moment to reach out to us.
May our Lord protect His Church and His children throughout the world, shorten these days and bring healing and tranquility to our land.
St George & St Shenouda Church Announcement 3 concerning Coronavirus / COVID-19Based on the agreement of HG Bishop David, the Papal Exarch of New Jersey, with the fathers, the priests of New Jersey, New York and New England, all church services will only be available through live broadcast. This is in cooperation with government authorities, the Center for Disease Control, and the mandated curfew in New Jersey. These measures are to protect the people from the risk of infection with the COVID-19 virus. As such, only the clergy with the selected deacons, will be allowed to attend services in church, everyone else will be able to participate through the live broadcast. Parishioners will be able to submit prayer requests and memorial requests through the church website for the liturgy. Furthermore, questions for the various meetings may be submitted to the speakers through the church website. This week’s schedule will be as follows:
|Type of Service||Service||Time||Date|
|Live Broadcast only||Arabic Bible Study||6:00PM – 7:30PM||Tuesday|
|Live Broadcast only||Liturgy||3:00PM – 6:00 PM||Wednesday|
|Live Broadcast only||Feast of the Cross Liturgy||8:00AM – 12:00PM||Thursday|
|Live Broadcast only||Family Meeting||6:00PM – 7:30PM||Friday|
|Live Broadcast only||Vespers & Midnight prayers||6:00PM – 7:30PM||Saturday|
|Live Broadcast only||Liturgy (English & Arabic)||8:00AM – 12:00PM||Sunday|
|الثلاثاء||6:00 – 7:30 مساء||درس الكتاب المقدس||بث مباشر فقط|
|الأربعاء||3:00 – 6:00 مساء||القداس الإلهي||بث مباشر فقط|
|الخميس||8:00 – 12:00 صباحا||القداس الإلهي لعيد الصليب||بث مباشر فقط|
|الجمعة||6:00 – 7:30 مساء||عظة للأسرة||بث مباشر فقط|
|السبت||6:00 – 7:30 مساء||رفع بخور عشية، وصلاة نصف الليل||بث مباشر فقط|
|الاحد||8:00 – 12:00 صباحا||القداس الإلهي [عربي & انجليزي]||بث مباشر فقط|