Bishop Daniel Updates Diocese
on Response to the Pandemic
This week, Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel issued an important update on the church's ongoing response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
To digest the main points, the following measures will be in effect at churches across the Eastern Diocese until April 9, 2020 (Holy Thursday):
Starting immediately, clergy will conduct the Holy Badarak on Sundays—but only in
front of an empty sanctuary. No worshippers will be permitted to enter the churches during the service, and people are urged to stay home. The clergy will pray for all the faithful.
For the time being, baptisms will only be done in emergency cases (for example, where a child is seriously ill). Marriage ceremonies will not be conducted.
For funerals, only the graveside service will be done.
For the time being, at the urging of experts in the health professions, Diocesan clergy are directed to refrain from home visitations.
Many municipalities are now forbidding visitors of any kind, even clergy, from visiting nursing homes and hospitals. Faithful are encouraged to stay in contact with clergy via phone and social media. Clergy will always be ready to speak and pray with you.
People are asked to regularly check in (via phone and social media) on vulnerable people in your community: the elderly, the sick, single parents, recent immigrants, and others that need support.
People are urged to observe every precaution recommended by government agencies.
Further updates, and instructions regarding Holy Week and Easter celebrations, will be issued in the coming days, and as the situation develops.
These measures have been adopted in consultation with His Holiness Karekin II, the Diocesan Council, Diocesan clergy, official health authorities, and the expert medical professionals of the Armenian American Health Professionals Organization (AAHPO). The Diocese will remain in continuous contact with these for the duration of this situation.
Bishop Daniel’s directive concludes:
“We fully recognize the unprecedented nature of these measures, which leave all of us uneasy…. In addressing concerns involving health, obedience to law, and urgent spiritual necessities, ideal solutions do not always present themselves. What is certain in this time, as always, is the attentive presence of Almighty God, our Lord Jesus Christ. We place our trust in his infinite love for humanity, and his limitless mercy and compassion. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray that our Lord will compensate for the frail steps we are taking, and have mercy on us. ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and soundness of mind’ (2 Timothy 1:7).”
**copied from the March 19, 2020 E-Newsletter of the Eastern
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America**
St. Hagop Madagh Picnic.
Due to COVID 19, St. Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church has decided to postpone their annual Armenian ("Madagh") Picnic from Sunday, June 28, 2020 to Sunday, August 30, 2020. In addition, the picnic will be held at St. Hagop Armenian Church, 4100 N. Newman Road in Racine, and only include serving the Madagh and bulghur as a takeout item. It is anticipated that the blessing of the Madagh will be at 11:15am and served at 12 noon on Sunday, August 30. Please contact Zohrab Khaligian at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and/or if you have any questions. Thank you.
Pins are still available which you can order from this website.
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Purchase THE PROMISE on Blu-ray/DVD
Survival Pictures is donating 100% of the proceeds from home release sales of The Promise to organizations devoted to Armenian Genocide education initiatives. By following these two links (for Amazon and iTunes), sales and proceeds can be redirected to the designated Armenian charities. Purchasing it without using these links will NOT provide the same benefit. Hopefully you were able to see this at the theaters and can add it to your home library!
Retiree Club at St. Mesrob’s in Racine, WI, every Thursday from 1-3:30pm.
Contact Armen for more info.
A message from the Armenian Relief Society
In view of the attacks on September 30, 2016, on Armenian populated areas of Aleppo, which resulted in the death of five members of that already stricken community, the Armenian Relief Society expresses its deep sorrow, extending its condolences to their families.
To this end, we appeal to our community and friends to take part in our ongoing humanitarian efforts with contributions to the ARS Syrian-Armenian Relief programs. Your participation, at this hour, is essential to keep the momentum of our emergency relief efforts to a community which must, with all means, survive these tragic circumstances.
For donations, please visit: https://www.classy.org/campaign/ars-syrian-armenian-relief-fund/c97739
Thank you for your continued support of this ongoing effort.
Tax deductible contributions can also be sent to:
ARS Racine Soseh Chapter
4100 N. Newman Rd.
Racine, WI 53406
Fellowship is held after every service in our church office (no steps to climb!) Please stop by afterwards for a cup of coffee and home-made snacks. Feel free to bring a snack to share, if you like.
Please remember to pay your membership dues.
Dues must be paid by December 31, 2020
**All donations and dues are tax deductable.**
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