SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Message from St. John's Church During Health Crisis.........

Mar 20, 2020
Message from St. John's Church During Health Crisis.........

This is a frightening time in our history, not only here in the US but throughout God’s world. But be assured that the constant presence of God is with us. He raises up others to carry on His work and much has already been done to help us through this. However, we must not think that it is the responsibility only of others and we have nothing to do ourselves. Archbishop Michael has outlined our path during this time in his beautiful and meaningful letter and I encourage everyone to read it. The link is listed below.

 

On a personal note, it is now, during Great Lent, that we think more to correct our own behavior. The fact that this is so horrendous now should give us pause to think of our own obligations to help in some way and reconcile with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Have we been remiss in our own spiritual health? Now, as always, is the time for our prayers and repentance. At St. John’s, Father Maryan will continue his prayers as always. Perhaps our responsibility in this tragedy is to obey Jesus when He tells us: “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matt. 6:6) It is directly after this that Jesus teaches us all to pray “The Lord’s Prayer.”  

 

The diocese has introduced a service for home prayer and it is located at the following link:

https://www.nynjoca.org/files/2020/covid-19/covid-19-prayer-service.pdf

 

Psalm 23:4 tells us: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.” May God comfort all of you and grant each of you His Blessings.

 

 

This Sunday we will venerate the most Precious Cross which is presented in the center of the church. We sing, “Before Thy Cross we bow down and worship, O Master, and Thy Holy Resurrection we glorify.” “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18)

 

https://www.nynjoca.org/files/2020/covid-19/ARCHPASTORAL-LETTER-CORONAVIRUS-NYNJ-2020-03-18-final.pdf

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