Weekly Update 01/11/2021 – Fr. Cyril Gorgy
Beloved Holy Resurrection Church family, I am praying that you are well and safe. Wishing you a blessed Feast of Nativity. The Feast of Nativity is a seven day celebration up to the feast of Circumcision on January 14. Please use this link to check out HRC’s Sunday School, Feast of Nativity Presentation. A special thank you for our faithful Sunday school servants and all of our Sunday School angels.
Feast of Theophany Divine Liturgy: We will be celebrating the Feast of Theophany on the evening of Monday, January 18th. Please use this link to register for the Feast’s Divine Liturgy. You can also virtually join us on the 18th starting at 6:30pm on the HRC’s YouTube channel. Lakan water will be available upon request.
Sunday Divine Liturgy: REGISTRATION to attend Sunday Divine Liturgy is required. Please use this link to submit a request. You will receive an email confirmation with the date and time.
***Wednesday Divine Liturgy: There will be NO Wednesday Divine Liturgies in the month of January. Wednesday Divine Liturgies will resume starting February 3rd.
HRC Fellowship Meeting: The meeting will be held virtually on January 14 from 7-7:45pm. Fr. Joseph will be our guest speaker and will talk to us about ‘The Sacrament of the Present Moment’. Please sign up using this link to participate in this monthly meeting.
Last Sunday’s Sermon: Matthew 2:13 ‘behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”’ The holy Family leaving Judea and finding refuge in Egypt (Gentile territory) is a source of rejoicing to all gentiles. That is further confirmed by the Pauline reading, from Romans 15:10 “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!” We rejoice today that Christ was incarnate, crucified and rose from the dead to take away the sin of all those who accept His call, whether the person is a Jew or a gentile. And we are further comforted by, 1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
May our Risen Lord support and protect you, and your family by the power of His Holy Resurrection.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Please review and abide by the following guidelines prior to attending church:
- Please STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK, or if you have a history or are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including FEVER or COUGH.
- If you have traveled in that last TWO WEEKS, please do not sign up to attend a Divine Liturgy until, TWO WEEKS have passed since you returned and you do not have any COVID19 symptoms, or you have been tested negative twice.
- If you were in direct contact with anyone that tested positive for COVID-19, please do not sign up or come to the church services, whether with symptoms or not, until you are tested negative.
- If you test positive please do not sign up or come to the church services until you are tested negative, for two consecutive tests, regardless of the time it takes to be tested negative twice.
- You should attend the Divine Liturgy at the church you regularly attend.
- Every church will take all the precautions necessary to ensure your safety, but your attendance is entirely your choice, and the church does not accept any liability.
When you come to church:
- Arrive on time. The church gate will ONLY be open at the beginning of the service and will remain closed for the duration. No one will be permitted to open the church door other than the church servant assigned by the clergy.
- Your body temperature may be taken prior to entering the church.
- You should wear a mask and gloves at all times during the service.
- You should sanitize your hands when entering the church.
Inside the Church:
- You must keep a minimum distance of 6 feet at all times between you and others that are not in your household.
- Each family (same household) should seated together.
- Children will stand with their parents even if they are deacons.
- Please do not touch anything or anyone inside the church including icons, relics, clergy, and deacons, etc.
- For Ologea (Al Barka), the priest will wash his hands, cut it and distribute it. You will take it with your hand without touching the priest.
- After Liturgy, we need to stagger exiting from the church as individuals or families to ensure we maintain social distancing guidelines.
Partaking of the Eucharist:
- Please bring your own head covering, corporeal (for communion) and water to use for partaking of the Eucharist.
- Each family should come forward together to receive the Eucharist. As every family is approaching please maintain 6’ away from other families.
- During communion, you will remove your mask, open your mouth wide and have your tongue lay flat so the priest can place the Holy Body on your tongue.
- When taking the Holy Blood, open your mouth wide and the priest will pour the Blood from the spoon into your mouth.