HOLY WEEK. EASTER. CONSECRATION OF EASTER CAKES

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! Dear members of our large parish family and guests of our Church!
 
Again, I am writing you a long text and again I hope that each of you will take my message with attention, understanding of the situation, spiritual judgment and prayer.
In today's unprecedented difficult situation, when a huge damage has been done to our spiritual life, every clergyman no longer poses the question: "how can I fulfill my Ministry and perform common services, despite all restrictions?". Now the thoughts of the clergy are formulated as follows:  "how can I protect and secure my flock based on the service of love and following the wise blessing of our Bishop?»
And today, with a sad heart, I inform you that for the safety of our parish family, at the word of the Church authorities and the call of the civil authorities, we continue to perform services behind closed doors with updated rules and continue to broadcast them online, including the Easter Celebrations. If necessary, you can confess by prior agreement with me, and then take communion after the Liturgy. 
Let such a difficult time strengthen each of us and aggravate our prayer, but it will not serve as a reason for dissensions and disorders of the soul. On the part of the parishioners, accepting this is a real spiritual feat that requires humility, wisdom, obedience, and trust in the Lord. In these restrictions, we spend our Church life primarily for the sake of love and care for our neighbor.
 
Thus, the schedule of our upcoming Divine Services: 
 
April 07, Tuesday-the Annunciation of the Lady Theotokos Virgin and Ever-Virgin Mary.
The divine Liturgy and broadcast on facebook begin at 10:00 a.m.
Those who wish to make confession and receive communion should inform me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about when and how to confess and receive communion.
 
Sunday, April 12. The entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday.
The divine Liturgy and broadcast on facebook begin at 10:00 a.m.
Those who wish to make confession and receive communion should inform me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about when and how to confess and receive communion.
The consecrated palm (verba) will be left on the porch of the temple. In order that those people who for various reasons and so leave their homes, could take one (!) sprig home.
 
April 16. Great Thursday. Establishing the sacrament of the Eucharist.
The divine Liturgy and broadcast on facebook begin at 10:00 am.
Those who wish to make confession and receive communion should inform me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about when and how to confess and receive communion.
 
April 16. Great Thursday (continuation of the day). Reading the 12 Gospels about the Holy passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Divine service and broadcast on facebook start at 5.00 p.m.
 
April 17. Great Friday. Removal and burial of the Shroud.
The service and broadcast on facebook start at 16.00 p.m.
 
April 18. holy Saturday. Divine Liturgy with parimi reading.
The divine Liturgy and broadcast on facebook begin at 9:00 a.m.
Those who wish to confess and receive the Sacrament of Communion should inform me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about when and how to confess and receive communion.
 
Sunday, April 19. Bright Sunday Of Christ — EASTER!!
The start of the night Easter celebrations and broadcasts on facebook on Saturday at 11.00 p.m.
Those who wish to make confession and receive communion should inform me by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about when and how to confess and receive communion.

ABOUT THE CONSECRATION OF BASKETS WITH CAKES AND EGGS:
 
The consecration will be performed on April 18 on Great Saturday and on Bright Easter Day strictly by appointment with one person/family at a time, with an interval of 15 minutes.
You need to email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about your desire to come to the consecration and we will decide at a convenient time for you.
 
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I sincerely thank everyone for your understanding, sympathy and prayers! I ask you to take special care of God's gift-health, without endangering yourself and others. I sincerely believe and hope that very soon we will again be able to share the joy of joint worship and prayer, as well as say to each other: "Christ is risen, my joy!"
 
May God's blessing be with you all! And I am happy to respond to any opportunity to serve you not only in the temple, but also on the Internet, in conversations on the phone, in correspondence, and, hoping for the grace of God, soon in personal communication. 
 

Hieromonk Nikon, rector of the Holy Trinity Church in Mebane

 

Names for the Liturgy. Support the Church

Dear brothers and sisters!
 
In this difficult time, it is infinitely important for us to support each other with deeds of love. 
We remain in prayer for our entire Parish and, of course, do not deny anyone spiritual guidance, Holy Sacraments, conversations, and other possible help.
 
In the current mode of services, you can send your notes with names for commemoration at the Divine Liturgy to the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
And, of course, our Church needs the help of each of you. We ask you to support our Parish with your prayer and material means. This is especially true at the present time, when we continue to perform our services even under strict restrictions.
 
  • You can send your donation by check to the address of the Church: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 6803 US 70 Mebane, NC 27302;
  • Online in via PayPal by finding the "Donate" link in the upper-right corner of our site: holytrinitymission.com;  
  • Via AmazonSmile when shopping on Amazon. The way to set it up is to go to smile.amazon.com.  Then, click on supporting and find the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.  Then, any purchase made will send a donation to the Church.  
God's blessing be with us all!

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION. EMERGENCY MEASURE.

Dear brothers and sisters!
 
Please READ CAREFULLY the following extremely important message.
 
Due to the authorities ' special tightening of measures to combat coronavirus (both in the whole country and state, and locally in the area of the Church), we have not been able to perform services as before for some time. In many cases, churches are forced to take unprecedented measures, as Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, vicar of the Eastern American diocese, informs with sadness, concern for the flock and blessing in his address on the official website of the ROCOR.
We thank God that we have the opportunity to pray in the temple at all and it is not closed. However, with sadness in our hearts and love, we take the following extraordinary measures in accordance with the law, the blessing of the Church authorities, and the rules of the Church:
  1. In the next three weeks we will have only Sunday Divine Liturgies in our Church; 
  2. During the entire divine Liturgy, only the priest, altars and choir will be present and pray in the Church (in General, no more than 10 people), all the others are forced to refrain from visiting the Church;
  3. However, those parishioners who wish to confess and receive communion can, as usual, properly prepared, come to the Church during the Liturgy between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., get the Sacraments and return home for personal prayer;
  4. Without any embarrassment, it is possible and necessary to contact me by those who are in self-isolation and have a genuine intention to confess and receive communion at home;
 
But we will celebrate the Easter service on the night of April 18-19 in the way that is appropriate in an Orthodox Church — all together in joint prayer, in celebration and joy for the risen Christ.
 
Dear brothers and sisters, we are going through difficult times, and all of us, of course, need firmness of spirit and trust in the Lord, prayers, understanding and support. All this adds up to true love, which we learn throughout our earthly journey.
And I ask the prayers of each of you for me, for our parish, and I call on all of us the blessing of the Holy Trinity!
 
The Lord is my enlightenment and my Savior, who am I afraid of? The Lord is the protector of my life, who should I fear? (Ps. 26:1)
 
Once again, I remind you that with any question, embarrassment or request, you can safely and openly contact me.
 
Hieromonk Nikon, rector of the Holy Trinity Church in Mebane.
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