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, the services will be conducted by the Priest and Chanter only with no parishioners present.
All Saints Church is not equipped to live-stream our services at this time. However, three local Greek Orthodox parishes broadcast their services and are listed below for the convenience of our parishioners and visitors. Additional online resources are also listed below. These guidelines are in effect until further notice.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Steubenville, OH – http://www.holytrinitystb.org/live/
All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Canonsburg, PA – http://www.allsaintscbg.org/broadcast
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Pittsburgh, PA – https://www.holytrinitypgh.org/live
Parishioners are also encouraged to:
- Spend time at the appropriate moments to participate via video in the services. If your parish does not broadcast its services, you can find other options at https://www.goarch.org/live-broadcasts
- 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/ ) .