IMPACT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON OUR CHURCH ACTIVITIES FACEBOOK LIVE STEAMING OF LITURGICAL SERVICES
We are all excited about the notion of reopening St. John Church for prayer and worship by our parishioners as state authorities begin to loosen restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But southeastern Michigan has experienced a higher rate of COVID-19 infection than most locations of our Diocesan churches, and Michigan still has restrictions on the indoor social gatherings.
We are working diligently to slowly reopen our Sanctuary, offices, and building, in a manner that is responsible and safe for our faithful and in agreement with local governmental and Diocesan recommendations. As announced earlier this week, we have reopened our Sanctuary for short visits and prayers. And, as outlined in our Sunday Bulletin, the church offices have reopened to their normal weekday schedule. As we continue to develop the reopening plan, be assured that we will share it with our community. In the meantime, we respectfully ask you to stay home and prayerfully join our liturgical services with the live stream via the St. John Armenian Church public Facebook page.
A PRAYER IN THE TIME OF PANDEMIC
Please pray this prayer each day
Blessed are you, Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, Physician of our souls and bodies. You came down from your heavenly realm to heal every sickness and infirmity. Before your endless mercy our sins melt away, demons flee, transgressions are erased, infirmities are cured, wounds are healed, corruption is cleansed, sadness recedes, sighs retreat, darkness flees, the fog of the unknown departs, darkness lifts, the night passes, panic is banished, evil is destroyed, and despair is exiled.
We beseech You in these times of trial and tribulation, when the entire world is shaken by the devastating pandemic, to pour out upon us your healing grace so that from the depths of our souls we may be healed, strengthened and purified. You, Son of God and Son of humanity, died on the cross for our salvation. Through your suffering, you showed us how trial and affliction might bring us closer to You. You are our rock and refuge, our comfort and hope, our joy and salvation. You healed people with sickness and affliction through Your loving care and compassion.
Now we ask you, Lord, to dispel the pain and heal the sickness of your children all around the world and to grant to all perfect health and protection under the sign of your all-conquering Holy Cross. Give us your peace and strengthen our faith in you, Lord, so that we can overcome our fears and doubts, when anxiety becomes the order of the day. Bless all those who have put themselves in harm’s way in service to us. Hold in your loving embrace those who have perished and grant peace to their loved ones. In the midst of the uncertainty we echo in faith the words of King David, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” (Psalm 46:1-3).
St. John Armenian Church, named in honor of St. John the Baptist & Forerunner of Christ our God, has for 87 years been at the very heart and center of Armenian-American religious and cultural life in Metropolitan Detroit. Since the beginning, the parish has flourished and also reaches out to the Armenian Orthodox faithful who are scattered throught the state of Michigan. Through the efforts of past and present pastors sacramental services now have begun in both Lansing and Grand Rapids where new Armenian communities have taken root.
St. John Armenian Church remains a model community in our Diocese in both the rites of worship and varied ministries within and outside of the parish by offering numerous educational programs and opportunities for Christian growth in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the faith, tradition, customs and practices of the Armenian Orthodox Church. The varied ministries include: Children's Church School, Altar training, Junior and Senior youth groups, Bible Studies, Lenten Retreats, Women's and Men's groups, Senior Citizens, the learning of sacred music and singing with the Komitas Choir, Armenian cultural enrichment, and as well the Mardigian Research Library and the Alex and Marie Manoogian Museum. The parish groups take part in several Ecumenical missions with other Orthodox, Catholics and Protestants and also provide assistance to many charitable agencies both Armenian based in Armenia, throughout the USA and for local missions to name a few, such as The Alternatitives for Girls, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Jefferson House for men, Forgotten Harvest, Orthodox Outreach of Detroit.
Most importantly, as Orthodox Christians, we place the greatest emphasis in honoring and worshipping our God our Creator, invoking the All Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit asking for God's grace to imbue our faithful with a life of holiness. This greatest of all emphasis is reflected in the Mystery and Beauty offered to God every Sunday at our Divine Liturgy - receiving Holy Communion and taking part in other Canonical Services.
All are invited to come to St. John Armenian Church and to worship and witness this profound Mystery and Beauty in our Divine Services and to join us in lifting our voices in praise and thankfulness to our loving Creator.
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Very Rev. Father Aren Jebejian
Known as the "Church with the Golden Dome," we are more importantly "the Church with the Golden Faith."
Maintained for two-thousand years by the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church, this Ancient Orthodox Faith is awaiting your discovery.
St. John the Baptist: Patron of our Parish
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen" (2 Cor. 13:14)