Effective: Wednesday March 18, 2020, until further notice.
In our efforts to do the best we can for the health and safety of our church members, we have implemented the following changes. The St. Peter Church Office will be open Monday through Saturday, from 9 AM to 1 PM to answer any calls or emails at this time. If you feel the need to visit the church, the sanctuary will remain open seven days a week from 8 AM to 7 PM, and on SUNDAY, during DIVINE LITURGY, for all those who wish to say a brief, personal prayer or light a candle. In the interest of public health, we strongly encourage our faithful to stay home if they feel ill and/or vulnerable.The interior of the church, pews, narthex (entrance), and door handles are being frequently disinfected and sanitized; we have also closed off some pews to keep proper distance between parishioners during their brief visit.
In accordance with the directives of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Western Diocese, our WORSHIP SCHEDULE has been adjusted:
Wednesdays: March 18, 2020 & March 25, 2020 & April 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Peace and Rest Service “Hsgoom” is cancelled.
Sundays: March 22, 2020 & March 29, 2020 11:00 AM
Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by the Priest and two deacons only.
Sunday, April 5, 2020 10:30 AM - PALM SUNDAY
Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy will be celebrated and streamed on our Facebook page. On this day, there will be no traditional Procession of Palm Sunday.
Information on the remainder of the Holy Week Liturgical Schedule, will be updated.
It is strange to all of us how quickly our daily lives drastically changed; not only of our own, but that of the entire world. John 3:16 comes to my mind, “God so loved the world…” and I involuntarily find myself focusing on the word: WORLD, (which translates to “kosmos”in Greek.) Kosmos, by definition, does not reference the world as a planet in the solar system, but encompasses all the human beings living on that planet. We are all facing this global threat and being united with skepticism, doubt, uncertainty, insecurity, and fear. As Armenian Orthodox Christians, already being in Great Lent, we are going through spiritual cleansing, prayer, meditation, and the practice of depriving ourselves from certain foods, we can see this spiritual journey take a turn for that of a spiritual challenge. I encourage all my faithful to take this time to delve deeper into your personal prayers, daily meditations, and deprivation practices. My prayer is that all of us will be able to transform all these conditions to love, strength, peace, health, and global victory. May the good Lord strengthen all of us, hear our prayers, and fill us with grace of the Holy Spirit.
With blessings and love,
Fr. Shnork Demirjian
God Our Protector
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.