We have now resumed our services.
Even under these extreme and unprecedented circumstances our church once again opens its arms to embrace us all. Our patron saint and protector Saint George the Great Martyr welcomes us to his house, after four months of absence due to the mandatory closure where we had to exercise patience and prayer in our own homes.
However, with the tragic consequences of this pandemic, there has also been a renewal of our faith, the thirst for our participation in the Mysteries has increased, as has the need for God’s contemplation and worship.
But we must be very careful and ensure that the measures imposed are strictly adhered to. We have to obey the instructions of the clergy and wardens, keep the imposed distances between us and use masks and antiseptic when entering and exiting the church.
Without these precautions we do not worship our icons, removal of the Iconostasis is prohibited so we are to bow. Communion will take place at the end of the service. As for memorial services, only one or two members of each family may be present. The rules for the other Mysteries are different and you will need to enquire about this.
Antitheron will be at the pangari at the end of the service for you collect when leaving. We ask that you do this without the usual hugs and kisses goodbye.
We must comply with these extraordinary measures to avoid any problems and with this God will lead us through these trying times, giving us spiritual recreation.
Read in Greek
Beloved in the Lord,
Please read the following guidelines from our Holy Archdiocese for her Christ-loving flock.
We remind and advise all parishes and communities to have a supply of masks available for the faithful. The best practice in this instance will be for anyone who is attending to the candle stands, passing around the collection dish, or in general coming into contact with the faithful, to wear a mask at all times.
All parishes should provide antiseptic hand gel for when the faithful enter and exit the church
Parish Council members should monitor and enforce proper implementation of social distancing measures (1.5 metres) during all divine services.
The antidoron, or blessed bread, may be distributed by the priests, but it is preferable to provide individual pieces of bread in plastic bags, which may be placed in a basket in the narthex of the church for the faithful to individually take as they exit the church. This practice is similar to the manner in which the faithful usually take antidoron after receiving Holy Communion.
Gradually, and with proper coordination beforehand, we may begin to resume conducting the Holy Sacraments of Marriage and Baptism, provided that all of the above guidelines are strictly observed. Additionally, the Archdiocese, with the aid of legal specialists, is preparing an electronic form for couples that wish to be married, or parents who wish to baptize their child, to sign and declare full accountability for their participation in the sacrament.
From the Office of the Chancellor