St. Mary's Response to Covid-19
For the safety and well being of our parishioners and local community, the church will be open at a limited capacity. However, in an effort to maintain a balanced spiritual life we are doing our best to offer online resources. Please see below for updates.
Services will be streamed during their normally scheduled times through Facebook live:
Please see below for the text for the upcoming services.
Virtual Candles, Prayers & Donation:
The Virtual Candles, Prayers & Donation form is a way for us to pray, light our candles, and make our weekly donation remotely. When you submit your candle and prayer request, someone in the church will light the candles for you, pray for the names you listed, and the clergy will also remember the names in the altar.
Texts for Upcoming Services
If you would like to follow along with the text for the upcoming services that will be streamed please click on that service to download the PDF.
Saturday, October 10th
Sunday, October 11th - Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
40 Day Memorial: Faris Sweiss
40 Day Memorial: Sudqie Yousef Fakhouri
40 Day Memorial: Khader Saleem Kakish
6 Month Memorial: Habes Sweis
14 Year Memorial: Margaret Aboujudom
Saturday, October 17th
Sunday, October 18th - Luke the Evangelist
3rd & 9th Day Memorial: Azzam Khalil Sweis
Saturday, October 24th
Sunday, October 25th - 6th Sunday of Luke
6 Month Memorial: Nail Tadros
Texts for Antiochian Women's "Coffee with Abouna"
ENGLISH - Epistle of James
ARABIC - Epstle of James
Rule of Prayer
Teen Rule of Prayer Booklet (which inlcudes a Student's Prayer before school)
Helpful tips for attending Divine Liturgy from your home from Fr. Michael Sakran:
"It is really hard, and unreal, to participate in the Divine Liturgy by watching it on a device in your home. It’s easy to get distracted, to get up and get something, or to do several things at once. I urge you to resist these temptations as you watch.
Here are practical tips to get the most out of the live-streamed services:
• Before 10:00 a.m., place your device (phone, television, computer, tablet) on or near your icon corner; OR, surround your device with one or more icons.
• Turn off all possible distractions (phone, notifications, oven, alarms, etc.)
• Like you do before church, take care of all personal needs beforehand.
• Dress like you would for a regular Sunday Liturgy. (Casual clothes may encourage a casual, non-prayerful attitude.)
• Follow your regular pattern for maintaining the Eucharistic: fast, refrain from food, coffee, etc. until after the Liturgy.
• Sing/speak along with us, in whatever way you normally would do during the Liturgy.
• As you are able, stand, sit, and kneel as you normally would do during the Liturgy.
• Finally, resist the urge to offer any comments online until after the service is over.
In short, I encourage you to make these few hours a time of sincere devotion and worship."