13 June 2020
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Greetings to you my dear brothers and sisters in Christ!
It’s been some months since the rapid spread of the coronavirus has changed our lives. Our country and the world has gone through a period of lock-down and our governments have been in the process of opening up the country so that our lives could get back to normal.
However, as you all know, cases of COVID-19 have been increasing and from all the expert advice we have, this virus could be one of the fastest spreading contagious one known to us. In the context of the rapid increase in cases, as our responsibility to protect ourselves, our faithful and our communities, it has been decided that, we should not open our church buildings or gather as a congregation for worship services at least till the end of this month and till further communication.
But in the meanwhile, like I have been communicating to our shepherds – the archbishops, bishops and the fathers of our church, we must use this opportunity to strengthen unity among all our parish members, among all of our churches, at all levels by any and all means possible. The archbishops together with the episcopas of the respective dioceses can guide specifically and more particularly based on the needs and prevailing situations of the area.
Let us, as we have been practicing during this season, faithfully continue to meet in our homes using the church-at-home liturgy, prayer-at-home liturgy and all other resources made available from the Holy Synod for the life and worship of the Church.
Let us continue to pray for our governments, health service providers and many others who are fighting against this sickness. Let us also pray for those who have been affected directly by the sickness that they might recover. And we must pray for those who have been affected economically, even those among us who lost jobs and find it difficult to meet daily needs that God might bring restoration and meet all needs and heal their sickness.
May God’s richest blessings and peace be with you all!
In God’s service
Moran Mor Athanasius Yohan I, Metropolitan
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