Live Stream Services
Church Participation Modified in Light of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic and with the utmost concern for the safety and health of Clergy and Laity alike, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh has issued guidelines for the conducting of Divine Services in our Metropolis churches during this crisis. Effective immediately and until further notice, “church services may continue as scheduled within our parishes, but parishioners are directed to participate via the internet.”
At this time, no services will be conducted at All Saints Church due to the “Stay at Home” restrictions on Fr. Frank Milanese who is considered at High Risk according to the national guidelines.
Parishioners are encouraged to watch services from local Greek Orthodox parishes. Parishes in the Metropolis of Pittsburgh that are live streaming their services can be found at the following site: https://pittsburgh.goarch.org, then click on Icon titled “Parish Streaming Services”
- Those with newer AppleTV devices, Roku, or Amazon Fire can find the Archdiocesan channel: https://www.goarch.org/tv
- Utilize the Archdiocesan Online Chapel for texts of services, daily readings, and lives of the Saints: https://www.goarch.org/chapel
- Utilize the various service texts available on AGES Initiatives http://www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/servicesindex.html , singing or reading the hymns. – Replace the litanies of petitions by saying “Lord, have mercy” three times, and replace the Priest’s exclamations or blessings with “Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen.”
- There are many edifying bible studies and educational podcasts available via Ancient Faith Ministries ( https://www.ancientfaith.com/ ) or Orthodox Christian Network ( http://myocn.net/ ) .
On-line Links for Holy Week
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese (www.goarch.org). Go to LIBRARY, FEASTS OF THE CHURCH, GREAT LENT, HOLY WEEK & PASCHA. You will find many resources for each day of Holy Week.
Also, scroll down the home page to find “Latest Articles and Video”. The first image on the left is a link to parishes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America offering Live Broadcasts of Divine Services.
From the Orthodox Marketplace (www.orthodoxmarketplace.com).
Register (for free) and then look for their “Holy Week Parent Guide” – free pdf download.
Lamentations (Holy Friday evening) from You Tube:
From the Carpatho/Russian Diocese, “Holy Week from Home”
From the National Forum of Church Musicians
Father Ivan Moody, a vicar of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Lisbon, Portugal area who is also a learned musicologist and prolific composer and conductor, offered a musical setting of the Divine Liturgy a few years ago. Dr. Peter Jermihov, Choir Director of St. Andrew Church in Chicago and also the St. Romanos Society, directed its world premiere in 2016 and commends it to us as something to ease our souls in these times:
Dear Reverend Fathers, Colleagues, and Friends! As we go through this period of isolation, I would like to share with you a joyful memory–a video recording–that can unite us in prayer. Please join me in thanking Fr. Ivan for bringing this gift of beauty into the world. Please say a prayer of gratitude for him and all the musicians of the Church who sing and compose to the Glory of God. Dr. Peter Jermihov
Here is the link to the Liturgy: https://www.smore.com/wyza0