Weekend Worship Services Reopen on a Limited Basis
-Other Services Will Be Livestreamed to the Faithful-
Updated May 24, 2020
Dear Family in Christ,
Christ is risen!
In view of the progress North Carolina has made with respect to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, our bishops have permitted the limited re-opening of our parish for public participation in liturgical services. Accordingly, beginning Saturday, May 30, our weekend services (Great Vespers, Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.; Orthros, Sundays at 9:00 a.m.; and Divine Liturgy, Sundays at 10:00 a.m.) will be open for up to 25% of our nave capacity (75 persons). Attendance at the weekend services will be assigned on a rotating schedule and published. A survey has been distributed via our email group to help us make these assignments fairly. If you would like to attend, please complete that survey as soon as possible (it can also be accessed here) — you will be notified of your attendance dates.
IMPORTANT: If you expect to attend weekend services, you need to become thoroughly familiar with the directives and other information in our Pandemic Attendance Procedures document. These directives are intended to keep all of us safe as we worship together. Following them is an expression of our love for each other and our obedience to our hierarchs.
Our weekend services will continue to be available to everyone via livestream. Any scheduled midweek services will also be live-streamed, although midweek services will remain closed to the public for the time being. We livestream our services via the Periscope video streaming platform. Our services can be accessed by following this link. Be sure to check our Weekly Schedule page to see what services are being offered.
While this crisis continues, we will continue to communicate with our faithful primarily through the All Saints Google Group. Using that group email platform, we will send resources to you for prayer, for home worship, and for encouragement. In addition, we will notify you about any further changes in the worship life of our parish. If you are not on the parish Google Group but would like to receive these messages, please send a note to Protodeacon David and ask to be put added to this list.
We all need to take this disease seriously and observe the precautions that have been implemented by our hierarchy, the CDC, and our civil authorities. Most importantly, we all need to pray for each other and for our state and country and world. We need to stay faithful and hopeful, knowing that our Great Physician will never leave us nor forsake us.
You can continue to worship God with your financial offering in one of the following ways (in order of preference):
- Sending a check by postal service to the Church
- Directing your bank to send a check to the Church, typically via online banking/bill pay
- Using this button:
The V. Rev. Fr. Nicholas R. A. Sorensen
At the present time we will serve all weekend and weekday worship services as scheduled. However, Orthros will be moved to 9:00am. Church School and Coffee Hour have been cancelled at least for the month of March. In order to potentially limit exposure to this disease, we ask:
- If you or another person in home is sick, please stay home and pray with us and for us from there.
- If you are over 60 with a weakened immune system or have an illness that would make you more susceptible to a virus infection, we also advise that you stay home and pray with us and for us from there.
- If you do come to worship at All Saints please abide by the guidelines sent out by Fr. Nicholas in several recent emails.
As St. Paul admonished: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Php. 4:5,6
Glory be to God for all things!
All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church began in October of 1992. It is a parish within the ancient Patriarchate of Antioch — where the disciples of Christ “were first called Christians.” The parish is under the jurisdiction of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. We belong to the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast overseen by Bishop Nicholas. In November of 2010, our parish completed a one year building project to add a new temple and education wing to our property and to remodel the parish hall. In November of 2011, Bishop Antoun, of blessed memory, consecrated our Temple, Iconostasis, altar, and icons to the glory of God, and during the consecration service, the bishop placed a relic of St. Raphael of Brooklyn in our new altar. We thank God for this great blessing of spiritual and physical growth!
An important goal of All Saints is to provide the Raleigh area with a completely American, English-speaking, multi-ethnic, Traditional parish with an emphasis on worship and education. Our congregation is very open, active, and loving. We welcome visitors to our worship services and genuinely enjoy sharing our Orthodox faith with others.
Please explore and enjoy our website. You will find many interesting articles about our parish and about Orthodoxy as you move through its pages. Check Weekly Schedule.
Whether you are already an Orthodox Christian or seeking to become an Orthodox Christian, and would like to become a member of All Saints parish, please schedule an appointment with Father Nicholas at your earliest convenience. Please call the Church office at 919-859-1332 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. Read More