Exhortation to Prayer at Home with Links to Resources

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

 

As you know from the previous letters, the parishes of the archdiocese are closed.  This means, of course, that there are no services at the cathedral at all until further notice.  The temple is closed.  This is profoundly difficult to live through but, as said earlier, our response must be to pray.

 

I am providing here some links to resources on-line that may be of some help should you want to consider adding to the prayers that you say at home.

 

https://www.orthodoxprayer.org/Hours.html

 

Here you will find texts for the daily services if you are considering making the praying of Matins, Vespers or the Canonical Hours part of your daily rule or, perhaps, on Saturday evenings in place of going to Vigil.  This http://www.saintjonah.org/services/horologion.htm may also be of help.

 

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Letter from Archbishop Irenee – Cancelling Services Until April 1, 2020

 

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland

 

 

To all the Reverend Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of our Archdiocese of Canada

 

My beloved Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

 

For days we have been monitoring this crisis. Last night the Holy Synod assembled in teleconference to hear the advice of medical and legal counsels.

 

This is by far the most difficult decision I will probably have to make in my life. Considering that this COVID19 virus has now begun to transmit within the Community, it is essential that we abide strictly with the guidelines of our Civil and Medical authorities.

 

I realize that the Holy Eucharist will not harm anyone of us, but congregating in closed quarters could, therefore, I ask all our clergy to close the churches of the Archdiocese of Canada for the next two weeks, until April 1st, 2020. The situation will be reviewed then.

 

I ask you all to be safe and remain at home as much as possible. Clergy of the Archdiocese will do their best to accompany the Faithful and keep them safe. Prayer is essential to our life. Remember to pray to the Holy Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers of Christ for help and strength in these difficult times.

 

 

Asking your prayers, In Christ our Saviour,

+AB IRÉNÉE

Archevêque d’Ottawa et du Canada (ÉOA) Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada (OCA) and the Archdiocese of Canada