Updated: March 25, 2020
Annunciation of the Theotokos
Today we celebrate the Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the
Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. Click
here to learn more about this Greatfeast of the Church. Blessed
The reflection by Deacon Nick Denysenko that Fr Jonathan referenced in
his sermon for last Sunday - "Eucharistic Living Without the Eucharist"
available here. And from our own Paul Gavrilyuk, some
thoughts on courage during a pandemic.
We hope that the bulletin will serve to keep us with one voice in prayer. Please let us know if there are community news items or updates you would like us to include.
Each Sunday, will be sending out an updated community prayer list, video and lectionary links for the Sunday Epistle and Gospel readings, and a video link to Fr Jonathan's homily. Here again are the links for home prayers (Typika service and Service of the 3rd and 6th hours). Elissa Lindwall also offered this order of service for reader's Vespers.
Further Pastoral Restrictions
Bishop Paul wrote to diocesan clergy with instructions to further limit
pastoral interactions. They may be reviewed as soon as next week, but
in sum they require the following:
- Visitation to the sick will be strictly subject to health care professional guidelines
- Confessions only by phone or remote app
- Baptisms, chrismations, and weddings are to be postponed
- No in-person pastoral counseling is allowed; it
must be conducted by phone or remote app.
The letter can be read here.
Remembering the Church
From Joanne Bergman (Holy Trinity treasurer): During this period when
we will not be worshipping together in church, you may mail your
financial support to: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 956 Forest St, St
Paul, MN 55106, Attention: Treasurer. Donations will be gathered
and deposited weekly.
Another convenient way to donate is to talk to your bank about "automatic bill pay" (this goes by different names at different institutions). On a set date, the bank sends a check from your account for a set amount and mails it to the church. In my case, the bank emails me each time the check is about to be sent. Arrangements like this can be started, changed, or discontinued at any time.