Video Messages from Fr. Timothy
May 5, 2020: Streaming from Home
May 1, 2020: We Are Being Home Schooled!
Doors Closed - Church Open!
Paschal Message from Fr. Timothy
Holy Saturday Message from Fr. Timothy
Holy Friday Message from Fr. Timothy
Holy Thursday Message from Fr. Timothy
Holy Wednesday Message from Fr. Timothy
Holy Tuesday Message from Fr. Timothy
Holy Monday Message from Fr. Timothy
Message from April 10, 2020
April 10, 2020
Beloved in Christ,
As we begin this Holy Week - confined to our homes - please know that we are united in a most real way through our joint prayers and our continued concern for the well being and health of our St. George parish family. Beginning this afternoon, our services will be live-streamed with His Grace Bishop John presiding. We are invited to ‘join’ Bishop John in offering these most sacred prayers and services.
Today, we received some up-dated guidelines from Metropolitan Joseph that included the following directive;
We should not offer hours for the faithful to visit the churches and light candles until further notice. We now know that the virus can remain airborne in closed spaces for long periods of time. For the safety of all involved this needs to stop until things calm down. Bottom line, churches are closed except for the people (maximum of 5) conducting the services until further notice.
In compliance with this sound advice we are, as of now, closing the church to all visitors. Please light candles before your home icons and offer your prayers together as a family from your ‘home church’ while following the services on-line.
Since we cannot physically be together for Holy Week we encourage you to follow the links below as excellent resource for how to have “Holy Week at Home” (English Version or Arabic Version). Also, please attend the services from home via our Facebook page.
God Bless and preserve you during this awesome and Holy Week,
with Love and Prayers, Fr Timothy
Message from Fr. Timothy - April 8
“And when midnight comes
All creatures and all flesh will fall silent
On hearing spring put forth its rumor
That just as soon as there is better weather
Death itself can be overcome
Through the power of the Resurrection.”
From the poem “Holy Week” by Boris Pasternak
Beloved In Christ,
This year’s Holy Week and Pascha will undoubtedly be unlike any other we have experienced. The anticipation of the Resurrection is customarily accompanied by us assembling as a parish for the divine services, for common prayer, processions, reception of the sacraments, washing of feet, veneration of the cross and holy icons, candles, palms, flowers, died eggs, a common meal and the joyous exchange of the Paschal greeting ‘Christ Is Risen” and so much more. No, this year we do not feel this common experience of anticipation and celebration in exactly the same way. In this sense we may be more like the apostles and disciples on that first Easter, they were not gathered in church together singing and celebrating Christ’s victory over death, instead they were locked in at home in fear of the outside world. And the Risen Christ came to them bringing His peace.
This year we will offer our prayers ‘together’ while remaining safe in our own homes. Our ‘cyber-church’ allows us to come together via internet and to ‘participate’ in the services we love so much. We have scheduled a full cycle of divine services beginning this Friday evening with the commemoration of St. Lazarus and continuing thru our Paschal Divine Liturgy on Easter Sunday morning. Please join us from the St. George Website (http://www.stgeorgeofboston.org/livestream) or the parish Facebook page, a schedule of times is listed below.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I too will be ‘joining’ you from home as I am on precautionary self-confinement for the next two weeks. His Grace Bishop John has graciously volunteered to serve our community by offering all the regular services and we are most grateful for this special blessing. Please note that the celebration of these services in the church building is limited to a maximum of five persons only. Only Bishop John, one server, two chanters and one audio/video operator will be permitted at church, please respect this necessary precaution --and stay at home. All of the evening services are scheduled for 5pm in consideration of the curfew in place in Boston.
Let us all pray fervently for one another during this Holy Week as together we anticipate the good news that, “death itself can be overcome through the power of the Resurrection”
– God Bless and be safe,
With Love and Prayers, Fr Timothy
Message from Fr. Timothy - March 27
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