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April 7, 2020
Holy Week Resources

We've posted several resources for Holy Week on our COVID-19 resource page. We hope that these resources will be useful to make the Holy Week meaningful you and your family in this time of isolation and worry.

Holy Week at Christ Church Cathedral
Holy Week offerings from Christ Church Cathedral

  • Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m.
  • Good Friday liturgy, 12 p.m.
  • Good Friday Evensong, 7 p.m.
  • Holy Saturday Liturgy, 10 a.m.
  • Great Vigil of Easter, 8:12 p.m.
  • Easter Day Morning Prayer 8 a.m.
  • Easter Day Morning Prayer, 10 a.m. (includes diocesan-wide video greetings)
  • Easter Day Noon Service, 12 p.m.

Links to each of these virtual services can be found on the cathedral website home page: https://cincinnaticathedral.com
Prayers for healthcare workers
This Holy Week, please remember and give thanks for our sisters and brothers who are health care workers and first responders. Here are several prayers that you can use to give thanks for their selfless service to those who are sick, in pain or trouble in this frightening time.
A Prayer for Health Care Ministries

Loving God, you created us with the capacity to heal, to restore and to offer peace through our role in health care ministry. Help us to be signs of love and compassion in the world today — honoring every person we meet who is in need of healing. When our burdens are heavy, renew us, remind us of the blessing of our calling and reawaken our commitment to the healing ministry. Amen.  From: Catholic Health Care
For Health Care Providers

Give your blessing, gracious God, to those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and the prevention of disease and pain. Give them the wisdom of your Holy Spirit, that through their work the health of our community may be advanced and your creation glorified; through your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
For Emergency Workers

God our strong deliverer: when those charged with the urgent mediation of your healing power feel overwhelmed by the numbers of the suffering, uphold them in their fatigue and banish their despair. Let them see with your eyes, so they may know all their patients as precious. Give comfort, and renew their energy and compassion, for the sake of Jesus in whom is our life and our hope. Amen.
A Prayer for Health Care Workers

Compassionate God,
From the shores of the river Jordan to the steps of the Temple Mount,
you have cared for the well-being of your people.
Your healing teaches us your compassion for our frailty.
Thank you for caring for us no matter our status in this world.
We ask your blessing on those who emulate you
as they provide the ministry of healing to all those in need.
Guide, bless, and encourage your faithful health care servants
who willingly jeopardize their own, and their family’s,
health and safety to confront sickness and disease.
Enable them to relieve suffering and assist in the healing process.
Lord, you loved us enough to walk in our midst
on a disease-filled Earth.
Even now, abide in with us
and surround all engaged in the healing sciences and arts.
Bless them as they labor for you in stressful,
anxious, and sometimes threatening settings.
Keep them close in your loving embrace.
Guide researchers as they seek greater understanding of your universe
and develop vaccines and treatments which will reduce suffering and death.
Enable suppliers who ensure materials and equipment are available as needed using creativity as they sometimes seek to do more with less.
Encourage the families of health care workers
as they support them in their call, knowing that through their loved ones, lives
are saved and your tenderness is known.
Provide your health care servants rest
during wearisome hours of constant demand.
Dispense comfort in moments of loss or setback.
Grant peace that goes beyond human understanding.
In our present surroundings which tempt us to despair,
may we all come together as part of your global community
and embrace the love of Christ for all precious souls.
Help us overcome our fears
and unite across all borders of every type to share,
manufacture, support and supply knowledge, equipment, and resources.
Your kingdom is a place of plenty.
Let us live in your abundance knowing you provide enough for all.
In your mercy Lord, grant health.
Bless those you have called to be your hands and feet in healing and the provision of care.
May they always know how thankful we are for their gifts, service, and sacrifice.
Hear our prayer, O Lord. Amen.  
From: Presbyterian Missions
Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.
Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765
A Prayer for Those Affected by COVID-19

Lord, in this time of uncertainty, we pray for your wisdom and peace. We pray for those who are sick, that they would be healed. We pray for health care workers, that they would have the strength and energy to care for the sick. Give wisdom to leaders as they navigate difficult decisions in protecting their communities. Use this time to unite people and turn toward their neighbors with love and compassion. Help us to remember that You go before us and we are not  alone .  
From: Medical Teams International
ERS has urgent need for masks
Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) is in desperate need of masks for non-nursing personnel and residents of Marjorie P. Lee, Deupree and our affordable living communities, and is reaching out to all areas of the diocese for help.

This is an immediate need. Recent estimates are that approximately 1000 or more masks are needed. ERS is asking for volunteer sewers to drop masks off at ERS or mail a batch weekly as soon as possible.  

Masks can be dropped off or mailed to: 

ERS Support Services Offices
3870 Virginia Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
attn: PHM Masks

  • When dropping off or mailing, please put masks in a ziplock bag outside the office door in the back parking lot. Include a note that states, “PHM Masks” and the donor’s name, email and US mailing address. We would like to acknowledge the donors.  
  • Any pattern preferred by the sewer is fine although the recommended mask at this time should have the fabric doubled or have a cotton liner to make it thicker with more protection. A pocket to insert a filter cloth for additional protection is also helpful but not required.
  • 100% cotton is the recommended fabric. 
  • If someone is in need of supplies, we might have access to some or have suggestions. Contact Jeanne at jpalcic@erslife.org

Information on making a mask :

Avoiding "Zoombombs"
In light of recent Zoom “bombs” with uninvited Zoom crashers interrupting meetings, please observe the following guidelines:

If you have a Zoom account and   are scheduling meetings yourself:
  • require a password when scheduling new meetings
  • require a password for instant meetings
  • require password for participants joining by phone
  • please enable waiting room, enable registration, and make sure a host is in place if you are posting links to Zoom meetings on FB or church sites (which is not recommended)

If you are using the Diocesan’s Zoom account  via the Zoom meeting request portal, please DO NOT POST THE MEETING INVITATION TO FACEBOOK/WEBSITE/ETC.

Any questions about these guidelines should be directed to Tammie Vanoss, Director of IT at tvanoss@diosohio.org or 513.632.6020.
Ohio Primary election MAIL-IN only
The governor postponed Ohio’s primary election, originally scheduled for March 17, until April 28.  Because of continuing lifesaving precautions, the primary is now by  Absentee Ballot ONLY.  

Apply immediately for an Absentee Ballot!
Here's what you need to do:

If you already voted by mail or in person at your local board of elections, you're good.  Your vote will be counted, and you don't have to do anything more.

You will NOT be able to go to your polling place to vote.  Those polling places won't be open at any time. You will need to vote by mail. Applications for ballots must be received by April 25.  Ballots must be postmarked by April 27 and delivered to your County Board of Elections by 7:30 PM on April 28.

To get a ballot by mail, you need to request one.  There are several ways to do that.
  • Call the local board of elections and have officials mail an application.
  • Download an application from the web, print it, and mail it in. Go to myohiovote.com or to your County Board of Elections website to print a copy.
  • Pick up an application from your local Kroger store 
  • Mail a handwritten absentee ballot request by providing a specific list of information.  According to the Secretary of State's office, the handwritten absentee ballot application must include the following:

List information
  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Full registration address, including county
  • Address where ballot should be mailed, if different from your registration address one of the following:
  • Ohio driver's license number
  • Last four digits of Social Security Number, or a copy of an acceptable form of ID
  • Phone Number (optional, but suggested)
  • Email address (optional, but suggested)

Write: "I'm a qualified elector and I'm requesting an absentee ballot for the 3/17/2020 Ohio Primary.

Specify which ballot:
  • Democratic
  • Libertarian
  • Republican
  • Or, Issues Only

Sign and date
Area Confirmations cancelled
Since we have no idea when the coronavirus crisis will ease and travel restrictions lifted, all area confirmations have been cancelled. 

Two diocesan-wide area confirmations will be held on a Sunday at 5 p.m. later in the year, hopefully early summer. More information will be communicated out about these events when it becomes available.
Audit resources available
A reminder that church audits must be completed annually and submitted to the diocese. Audits are due September 1.

A properly competed audit will include the report for the auditor or audit committee completing the audit and will include a balance sheet and income statement for that fiscal year. Resources for completing your 2020 audit are now available on the diocesan website in the Finance section.

Questions regarding audits should be directed to the Rev. David Getreu, Associate for Financial Management & Oversight at dgetreu@diosohio.org or 740.334.9775.
Volunteer chaplains sought
TryTank Experimental Lab  is making Dial-A-Priest available to hospitals around the country starting Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Dial-A-Priest is a free service that connects callers to an Episcopal clergyperson who can offer the “Ministration at the Time of Death” from the Book of Common Prayer by telephone to hospital patients. Clergy who wish to volunteer should visit  www.DialAPriest.com  to apply.
Laugh for the day
Jesus and the Disciples in the upper Zoom?
Mr. Rogers, God, and You: Simple Faith  
Fred Rogers was the much-loved host of the public television show  Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood  which ran on PBS from 1968-2001. A Presbyterian minister, his simplicity and sincerity is a lasting legacy for those who grew up with Mr. Rogers -- as either a parent, a teacher, or a child. 
Join Transfiguration Spirituality Center on Saturday, April 25 for a virtual Quiet Half-Day with retreat leader Westina Matthews that will help you live into hope, inspired by Fred Rogers’ simple faith Nurture the body, mind and heart by co-creating a space that enables you to search for God and draw nearer to the Holy. We will explore Rogers’ wisdom and spiritual insights though prayer, journaling, reflection, music, and interactive sharing. 

Upcoming CEEP Network webinars
The CEEP Network presents the following webinars as an offering to the church during this challenging time. If you have topics or suggested resources for future webinars, please e-mail your ideas to  info@ceepnetwork.org . We invite you to visit  https://bit.ly/2URzifD  for previous webinars and other resources.

Upcoming Webinar Topics:

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Ecumenical coalition offers invitation and resources for Holy Week and Easter during COVID-19 pandemic

Christian Churches Together Churches Uniting in Christ , and  The National Council of Churches  have joined together to offer the following invitation and resources for Christians who are observing Holy Week and Easter in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic:
To the leadership and members of Christian Churches in the United States of America:

Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus the Christ! We come to you in a spirit of unity during this difficult period of time with an invitation to join together in witnessing to the resurrection of Jesus for all in the United States to see.

On Easter, we celebrate the power of Christ to overcome evil and death. As proclaimed in the Gospel of John, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it (John 1:5).” This is the message of Easter and, despite any differences we may have among us, this year may be the perfect time for all of us to come together to make witness to Christ’s resurrecting power.

Holy Week is April 6-12 for Western Christians and April 13-19 for Orthodox Christians. If we are still being asked to remain physically separated from each other and our worship spaces, would you consider inviting your congregations to do one or more of the following as a witness to our jointly held faith in Christ?

  • Share in a home foot-washing with those with whom you are sheltering in place on Holy Thursday to replicate Jesus asking his disciples to serve each other.
  • Share in prayers at home on Good Friday and blow out a candle to symbolize the crucifixion.
  • Hang white Christmas lights (or other lights, or electric candles) on Holy Saturday and turn them on Easter morning in time for what might have been your Easter Sunrise service.
  • Hang the attached template of a cross and dove (maybe colored by your children) in your front window or on your front door.
  • Write in chalk on your driveway or sidewalk the words, “Christ is risen!”
  • Ring your church bells at noon on Easter Day.
  • Step outside with the persons with whom you are sheltering in place and offer a prayer of thanksgiving.
  • View an additional online service of a church of another racial or ethnic background and offer your prayers for that community.
Attached to this letter you will find a poster you are welcome to share with your membership, and a template of an empty tomb your children can color. We hope the United States of America will see our witness of unity this year and be invited into the resurrection faith of Easter. Share this letter to your networks and social media, and please join us.


Christian Churches Together
Rev. Carlos Malave
Executive Director
Churches Uniting in Christ
Bishop Teresa Jefferson Snorton
Chair of the Coordinating Committee
The National Council Churches of the Churches of Christ in the USA
Mr. Jim Winkler
General Secretary

Resources to download:

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St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights and/or Transfiguration Spirituality Center
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