Updated: January 12, 2022
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As a result of the rising number of COVID cases, His Eminence, Metropolitan Savas has issued the following directive for a mask mandate in all parishes in the Metropolis:
* “Therefore, I am implementing a masking mandate at all Church-related functions (whether on Church property or not) and for all non-Church functions taking place on Church property, effective immediately and until further notice. For those who are unable to mask, in-person participation in worship and meetings will not be possible, so each community should make reasonable accommodations; contact your parish priest for sacramental needs, and any essential meetings should have an option for participation via electronic means (telephone or videoconference).”
What this means is we – priest, chanters, servers (even while serving and chanting) and participating parishioners are required to wear masks at all times without exception. If one cannot wear a mask for any reason, then they may not participate. The only time we are allowed to remove our mask is when we receive the Body and Blood of Christ and sitting down to eat food. The metropolis will review the directive in a few weeks.
Coffee hour remains canceled for the coming Sundays in January. Events planned on the cathedral calendar remain as planned, but with the above mandate.
Services continue to be available online at www.GreekCathedral.com. The office remains open Monday thru Friday as normal, except during observed holidays. You are welcome to come in throughout the week and light candles or we are happy to do it for you. We require all that enter the facilities to follow strict mask wearing requirements as per the above mandate.
In the meantime, we pray for all of you, our community and the world – especially those who are sick and working to fight off this virus on our behalf. The Lord bless and keep all of us safe in the New Year!
With Love in Christ,
+Fr Demetrios Gardikes and the Annunciation Parish Council
*a full reading of His Eminence’s letter can be found at this link.