Kalpana from our Diocesan Metropolitan
Please see the recent Kalpana issued from our Diocesan Metropolitan, regarding COVID-19. Click here to read the Kalpana from His Grace issued on March 16th.
Also below is a memo issued by His Grace on Friday, March 20th with directions on how parishes/congregations are to move forward in light of this pandemic.
Blessings to our Very Reverend Chor Episcopoi, Reverend Fathers, Reverend Deacon, and faithful of the Northeast American Diocese.
You all are in receipt of our directions, especially the directives His Holiness the Catholicos of the East has issued throughout the entire Malankara Church. We are offering the following directives in addition to what our clergy has already received:
- Holy Qurbana (and Feast Days) are to be celebrated and observed in our Churches wherever possible without having public attendance. If it is possible, our parishes/congregations can live stream Holy Qurbana so our faithful can also participate in the divine services. Live streaming Holy Qurbana is permissible until this pandemic passes. There should be no more than 10 people (including the celebrant and acolytes) participating in these services.
- Since our Diocese is vast, we direct all of our parishes/congregations to adhere to the directives and precautions set forth by local government officials.
- Please practice Christian charity and check on our faithful who are over 60 years of age, and ensure they are safe and healthy.
- It is reported that there is a blood shortage, our parishes should encourage our faithful to donate blood if they are able.
These are indeed trying times for all of us. Please continue to practice social distancing. We wish for all of our clergy and faithful to remain healthy and safe. We assure you of our continued prayers for each of you during this pandemic. Let us hold onto the promise of our Lord: “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good courage: I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
All of our directives will be in effect until further orders. Additional directives can be issued by us, if deemed necessary.
This is a time for us to increase our faith, and be filled with hope. May we not fall into the temptation and descend into fear or anxiety. Let us continue to pray for the all the sick, and those who are caring for them, especially the medical teams who are exhausting their efforts to combat this pandemic.
Yours in our Lord,
Zachariah Nicholovos, Metropolitan
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