Dear Family in God,
Our Covid Restriction Policy
The Cross becomes the beauty of the world because on it, the beginning of the climactic acts of our salvation was wrought in the suffering and death of the Incarnate Son of God, the only capable person in the universe, our Lord Jesus Christ. As we proceed to the three most sacred days at the end of this holy time, the Church calls on us to focus especially on the very wood, the physical substance of the Cross. We are reminded of St. Helen's revelation of the true Cross when its wood is placed on a man's corpse who then directly rises from the dead. God raises physical things of His creation to use for the sake of our everlasting life. Oh the love of God! Literally leaving no stone unturned. "Who shall role us away the stone?", ask the women disciples attending on the Lord's person. Who but the Lord Himself who made all rocks and trees, who made the Tree of Life in the paradise garden, who turned the instrument of horrible death into its precise opposite: the new Tree of Life! Thus we hear again the phrase used for this third Lenten Sunday's observance: we rest under the shade of the Tree of our salvation.
At almost this same time this year, we again contemplate the Archangel Gabriel coming to the Mother of God to announce the tidings superlatively amazing even to himself. "Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women." Striking and other-worldly is the messenger and his message. Only in her innocence, kept pure by God Himself, can she so soon realize and accept the truth brought to her. She views this as a continuance of her perfect obedience observed in her life up to this moment and can say, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me according to thy word." From just after being a little girl, she becomes the instrument, the means, of the Incarnation. Because she is the Mother of the Incarnate God, she occupies to this very minute a place of greatest importance in the never-ending story of God's Son saving the world. We in the Body of Christ are ever offered Him in the Body and Blood. She as the throne of His person at His birth remains the help most near to Him in our efforts and movement toward the Heavenly kingdom. This past Saturday, many of you were submitted in a list of names before the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Sign of the Mother of God in a sister parish in Texas. Time and space are subject to our Lord and cannot impede the God-given power of His devoted servants in helping us, most especially thehelp of His most pure mother. We come together Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning to physically express our oneness in the kingdom of heaven.
With love in our long-suffering and incarnate Lord God and Savior,
We have a small worship space with very limited accomodation. Thus, if you have asked to come, and if the number for a given service is already full, you will not be permitted to attend. This is a matter of great regret. We possess a welcoming spirit and desire. But, per our Bishop, we must follow local government rules. This is our witness to our law-abiding nature as Christians. We must protect our on-going worship life from intervention. And we must protect our people from the potential for infection. Please pray with us, and for the soon cessation of these plague-caused necessities. If you may not attend services inside, you may follow the service on our live-streaming of them on our facebook page in your car. If you have confessed and prepared, and this has been acknowledged by the clergy, when it is time for distribution of Holy Communion, you will be alerted and allowed in, observing social distancing.