All church services are suspended immediately until the end of March. The services scheduled for Friday and Sunday are cancelled, as per the directive from our Metropolitan Gregory, below. There will be no services at St. Silouan Orthodox Church in Toronto until further notice.
This decision will be reassessed on March 31st.
Urgent Update From Metropolitan Gregory
Regarding The Coronavirus or Covid-19 Pandemic
March 18, 2020
Protocol No. 8/2020
God is with us!
Dear Reverend Clergy and Faithful Laity of the Diocese,
I am writing you with a very heavy heart as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect all of us here in the United States and around the world. Earlier today the Chief Secretariat the Holy and Sacred Synod following a meeting of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Hierarchs in Constantinople issued a statement concerning the pandemic. The announcement follows below:
As this Coronavirus crisis continues to spread and intensify on a global scale, the Ecumenical Patriarchate is monitoring the situation with an urgent sense of responsibility towards the faithful and all people without exception, and, following the Communique of 11 March 2020, upon deliberation of its Hierarchs in the City announces the following:
From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod
Phanar, 18 March 2020
All parishes of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese are to follow the instructions of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. All divine services, events, and rites are to cease for the time being, except that the Churches are to remain open at normal times in order for parishioners to enter and offer their private prayers and maybe light a candle or vigil lamp. If the Priest and/or Parish leadership sees that the number of people is above the local limit, whatever it might be, the people should enter in smaller numbers. If there are any questions please email me or call at the Chancery. Hopefully this situation with our prayers and God’s help will improve quickly.
“But the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you: do not be afraid, nor terrified.” (Deut. 31:8)
Working in His Vineyard with much love,
+METROPOLITAN GREGORY OF NYSSA