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On the evening of Wednesday, April 1, 2020 the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church offered the Small Paraklesis service to the Most Holy Theotokos. The service was celebrated by Fr. Vincent Minucci, Associate Pastor of the Parish, and Fr. Dionysios Papiris, Director of the Metropolis of Boston Camp. All staff, campers, and their families of the Metropolis of Boston Camp were invited to join via the live stream and pray the service from the safety of their home.
Metropolitan Methodios informed many small and mid-sized communities throughout the Metropolis that they will be the recipients of a gift of love in the form of a financial donation by the well-known philanthropists and dedicated lay leaders, John and Effie Lagadinos and their family. Mr. Lagadinos contacted Metropolitan Methodios and offered this extraordinarily generous manifestation of true Christian stewardship.
We as a Camp end our nights by singing "Lord of the powers be with us; for in times of distress, we have no other help but You! Lord of the powers be with us!" Therefore, in this time of distress we MUST turn to the Lord of the Powers and ground our hope in Him! Let us join together in prayer this Wednesday evening...with one voice...with one heart...as one Camp Family.
Chapters throughout the Metropolis of Boston are reaching out to their Parishes, contacting the elderly and homebound, and trying to provide assistance to those in immediate need. Please continue checking in on your neighbors and church community in any way that you can, as social distancing may increase feelings of loneliness.
Summary of Important Information regarding the Recently Passed Government CARES Act and Its Potential Significant Impact to our Parishes
His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios together with the Metropolis Finance Team presented to the Clergy and Parish Council leaders the results of an Archdiocesan comprehensive study of the CARES Act, which the Federal Government recently passed.
NEW YORK – The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA announces a resource center for clergy and faithful during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Resource Center includes updated news from the various jurisdictions as well as practical guidelines and resources for families, ministry leaders, parish leadership, and everyone.
With the recent pandemic that has plagued our world the need for parishes to broadcast services has become a very important means of participation for all the faithful. Many parishes are broadcasting their services with Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and other services.
His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios in reviewing the many creative initiatives that have been launched by parishes throughout New England has requested our Clergy to share their new ministry initiatives with all their brother Clergy for the benefit and edification of the faithful. The Metropolis of Boston has created an online platform for the Clergy and Lay Leaders of our parishes to share their best practices and outreach ministries.
The global COVID-19 crisis has ignited a number of difficult discussions among Christians. The method used to distribute Holy Communion is fiercely debated. In the Churches that remain open, many Protestants and Catholics are withholding the cup, so faithful are receiving in one kind only, the body of Christ. In Orthodox communities, clergy and laity are discussing the possibility of trying new methods for distributing Holy Communion that prevents the spread of disease through a common spoon.
Μήνυμα του Παναγιωτάτου Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχου Βαρθολομαίου προς το πλήρωμα της Εκκλησίας για την πανδημία από τον Κορονοϊό.
Αδελφοί και τέκνα εν Κυρίω, Από το Φανάρι, από την καρδιά της Βασιλεύουσας Πόλης, από την πόλη της Αγιά Σοφιάς, της Μεγάλης Εκκλησίας, επικοινωνώ με τα προσφιλή προσωπά σας, με την κάθε μια και τον κάθε ένα, με αφορμή τις πρωτοφανείς συνθήκες, τη δοκιμασία, που διερχόμαστε ως ανθρώπινο γένος, εξαιτίας της παγκόσμιας απειλής που προκαλεί η πανδημία του νέου κορωνοϊου, γνωστού ως Covid-19.
As this Coronavirus crisis continues to spread and intensify on a global scale, the Ecumenical Patriarchate is monitoring the situation with an urgent sense of responsibility towards its faithful and all people without exception, and, following the Communiqué of 11 March 2020, upon deliberation of its Hierarchs in the City, announces the following:
Letter of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios to the Clergy and Laity of the Metropolis of Boston concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
The last few weeks have been particularly stressful to all Americans as well as citizens throughout the world as we face together the deadly pandemic known as the Coronavirus. Based on stringent restrictions on gatherings of more than 250 individuals placed in Massachusetts by Governor Baker and his fellow New England governors,
The COVID-19 (Corona) virus has taken the lives of brethren throughout American and the entire world. Boston is one of the major coronavirus clusters because of a meeting of Biogen Inc. which took place at Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel...
Please be advised that the Human Trafficking Event sponsored by the St. Gregory Philoptochos that was supposed to be held on March 14, 2020 is postponed in compliance with the State of Emergency declaration issued by Governor Charlie Baker regarding the coronavirus.
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