Dear friends and faithful of Holy Cross,
Glory to Jesus Christ!
2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.
Below I have attached the directive from Archbishop Alexander about the immediate suspension of all social gatherings until March 29. He writes, in part,
Everyone in the parish or mission, other than the priest (and deacon), a reader, a server, and no more than two (2) chanters or singers (all of whom are physically strong and at low risk for COVID-19), should remain at home, even at the time of the Divine Liturgy.
This is being done out of selfless love of neighbors, not out of panic and fear. We want do our part to help reduce the risk that our health care system will be overwhelmed by a sudden spike in those who need care as has happened in other countries. Please see the directive and explanation. I will send out more information soon so you can pray at home over the next three weeks.
I am still available for meetings and confessions by appointment.
Please remember to still send in your tithes and offerings as we still have our normal expenses. You can mail your check to 645 Greensboro Road, High Point, NC 27260 or give online here.
Here is a prayer to add to your daily prayers:
O God Almighty, Lord of heaven and earth, and of all creation visible and invisible, in thine ineffable goodness, look down upon us, thy people gathered in thy Holy Name. Be our helper and defender in this day of affliction. Thou knowest our weakness. Thou hearest our cry in repentance and contrition of heart. O Lord who lovest mankind, deliver us from the impending threat of the Corona Virus. Send thine angel to watch over us and protect us. Grant health and recovery to those suffering from this virus. Guide the hands of physicians and preserve those who are healthy. Enable us to continue to serve our suffering brothers and sisters in peace that together we may glorify thy most honorable and majestic name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.