Dear Beloved in Christ,
As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, we must always remember what God said to His children “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
In the spirit of pastoral fatherly love, caring for the well being of our congregation and in accordance with the recent announcements by the Provincial Governments, we, the Bishop and priests of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver, and Western Canada, agreed to add the following additional measures, until further notice, to promote proactive safety of our beloved congregation:
All Church activities and services (Sunday School, Hymns Classes, Prepare to Serve, Choir, Sports activities, Scouts, Bible Study, Kitchen Service) will be suspended. Only Divine Liturgies, vespers and Midnight praises will be conducted in the Church as per each Church’s schedule. As for trips and retreats, plays, celebrations, performances, etc. these will be postponed until a later date.
According to Health Canada, please avoid all close contact (e.g. hugging, kissing, and hand shaking) with people, don’t attend large gatherings, avoid all travel, and work from home whenever possible.
Caring for the safety of vulnerable individuals (e.g. seniors, people with chronic diseases, immune suppressed, etc.), they are encouraged to limit their attendance of any gatherings in the Church and outside the Church.
We will continue to pray and monitor the situation of the pandemic. Further guidance related to the services of Holy Week and the Feast of the Resurrection will be provided closer to these dates.
Let us all pray together that God will guide us and protect us in these times of uncertainty. We ask all of our clergy and congregation to pray “Kyrie eleison - Lord have mercy” 400 times daily at 9:00 pm, Toronto time. “Finally, my brethren be strong in Lord and in the power of His might” Ephesians 6:10
Dioceses of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada