March 18, 2020
Dear Holy Trinity Family and Friends,
We pray that you are healthy and in good spirits in these difficult and uncertain times.
Today is Worldwide Day of Prayer:
His Holiness Karekin II has proclaimed Wednesday, March 18, to be a worldwide Day of Prayer in the Armenian Church. At precisely 7 pm this evening, we are all asked to take a moment in our homes, and offer our personal prayers to Almighty God. Please join the Day of Prayer tonight. At 7 pm, in your local time zone. Fr. Vasken will offer prayers in the Holy Trinity sanctuary, which will not be open to the public due to COVID-19 precautions. Since Armenians are spread across the globe, the effect will be our people continuously offering prayers to God throughout a 24-hour period.
Please note the following updates:
These updates are based on the directive of Bishop Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese (which can be read in its entirety
) as well as the specific situation and public health directives in Massachusetts. Our focus is always your safety and well-being.
- Divine Liturgy and Church Services: From now until Holy Thursday morning (April 9), no one except clergy will be permitted to enter the church sanctuary during services; this includes tonight’s Lenten Service. The situation will be monitored continuously and we will provide updates as Easter approaches. At this time, Fr. Vasken will conduct liturgical services and will pray for our parish family. If you have specific prayer requests, please email email@example.com or call the office (617) 354-0632. If you have requested Requiem Services during this time, the church office will contact you.
- Sacraments: Until further notice:
- Baptisms will only be conducted in emergency cases (for example, where a child is seriously ill).
- In the event of the passing of our loved ones, according to the Directive of our diocese, funeral services will not be conducted in the sanctuary or funeral home; only the graveside service will be conducted. Families must limit the number of people attending the graveside service, which should be kept to a minimum and may not exceed 25 people. All social distancing guidelines will be followed.
- Marriage ceremonies will not be conducted.
- Hospital and Nursing Home Visitations: Clergy have been directed to refrain from home and hospital visitations, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to or from patients/residents. Please call Fr. Vasken at (617) 354-0632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time for personal support or prayers.
- Church Schools/ACYOA Programs and Events: All Church Schools and ACYOA programs and events are cancelled through and including April 11. This includes the ACYOA Palm Sunday Banquet on April 5 and the Easter Communion Breakfast on April 11.
- Church Office: The Church Office is closed to visitors until further notice. The office staff will continue to operate on a limited schedule to support our church; however, visitors will not be permitted. Please call the office at (617) 354-0632 or e-mail email@example.com with any requests. If your call is not answered please leave a message and your call will be returned.
- Please call/text/video chat and check in on our fellow parishioners and offer help or encouragement. Please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 354-0632 if you need help from our parish family.
- You can watch/participate in Monday’s Facebook Live Healing Service at any time.
- While you are home with your children, consider sending letters or artwork to residents at local nursing homes. The address for the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is 431 Pond Street, Jamaica Plain MA 02130.
- We will continue to provide updates and spiritual messages during this time. Our emails and social media updates will aim to offer information and uplifting messages to keep us connected to one another. Most importantly, we are here for you – and we are bound together tightly through the Body of Christ.
We are praying for our entire Holy Trinity family, and communities around the world. We also pray for those who continue to work and serve in so many ways to ensure all of our well-being and safety. If you are anyone you know needs additional support during this time, please contact our office at 617-354-0632.
May we all remember the Words Our Lord said to His Disciples when they were caught in a storm:
“Be Not Afraid?” ... For I am with you always ...
Let us wake every morning with these Words on our lips until this storm passes. Always remembering that God is greater than any storm we face.
Holy Trinity Armenian Church