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Updated 28 March 2020: The respiratory illness outbreak caused by the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 and the public health measures implemented to manage it are having a profound impact on social interaction around the world.  Our Holy Orthodox Church is not exempt from this.  Our parish is complying with the directives of the civil authorities including the closure of churches for public services other than weddings or funerals.  We encourage our members, regular worshippers, and friends to comply with the advice of the Australian Government Department of Health concerning handwashing, respiratory hygiene, social distancing and self-isolation if unwell.  Those of our parishioners who are unwell and wish to receive Holy Communion at home are encouraged to contact our parish rector.

21 March 2020: Statement from Bishop George of Canberra on church life during the pandemic:

 

English: https://www.rocor.org.au/news10/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Statement-Concerning-Conducting-Church-Life-EN.pdf

Russian: https://www.rocor.org.au/news10/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Statement-Concerning-Conducting-Church-Life-RU.pdf

 

20 March 2020: A decree of the extraordinary conference of the Synod of Bishops:

 

English: http://synod.com/synod/eng2020/20200320_encommunique.html

Russian: http://synod.com/synod/2020/20200320_communique.html

 

17 March 2020: Инструкция настоятелям приходов и подворий, игуменам и игумениям монастырей Московской епархии в связи c угрозой распространения коронавирусной инфекции:

 

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/5608418.html

 

17 March 2020: Coronavirus Instructional Letter - Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America, Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia:

 

https://chicagodiocese.org/news_200317_1

 

14 March 2020: Coronavirus Guidance from the Diocesan Office - Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America, Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia:

 

https://chicagodiocese.org/news_200314_1

 

13 March 2020: An update from the Diocesean Office of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia:

 

English

Russian

 

13 March 2020: Decree by Archbishop pertaining to the Coronavirus - Western American Diocese, Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia:

 

https://wadiocese.org/news_200313_1

 

12 March 2020: The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church issues a statement on the Coronavirus situation:

 

English: http://synod.com/synod/eng2020/20200312_enmoscowcoronavirus.html

Russian: http://synod.com/synod/2020/20200312_moscowcoronavirus.html

 

5 March 2020: A Statement of Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe Regarding Church Life and the Coronavirus:

 

English, Russian and French: https://orthodox-europe.org/2020/03/05/coronavirus-message/

 

Rules for worship - Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Washington DC:

 

https://mailchi.mp/stjohndc.org/concerning-church-services-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

New South Wales Government Health - Latest updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus):

 

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/covid-19-latest.aspx#pho 

 

26 March 2020: Public Health (COVID-19 Gatherings) Order (No 3) 2020:

 

https://gazette.legislation.nsw.gov.au/so/download.w3p?id=Gazette_2020_2020-59.pdf

 

23 March 2020: Public Health (COVID-19 Places of Social Gathering) Order 2020:

 

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Documents/covid-19-social-gathering-order-2020.pdf

 

21 March 2020: Public Health (COVID-19 Gatherings) Order 2020:

 

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Documents/covid-19-public-order-21-march.pdf

 

20 March 2020: Prime Minister of Australia - Update on Coronavirus Measures:

 

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-0

 

Australian Government Department of Health coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert:

 

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

 

Australian Government Department of Health information about coronavirus (COVID-19), including suggestions for prevention:

 

https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov#prevention

The following 'Prayer in Time of Epidemic' will be offered at Divine Liturgy in our parish for as long as the present crisis persists and may also be included by the faithful in their private prayer sat home:

 

A Prayer in Time of Epidemic

O Lord, our God, look down from Thy Holy Heaven on the supplication of us, Thy sinful and unworthy servants, who have angered Thy graciousness by our transgressions, and have provoked Thy deep compassion, and enter not into judgement with Thy servants.  But do Thou turn aside Thy fearsome anger that justly has seized us, appease the destructive threatening, avert Thy terrible sword that, although invisible, is cutting us grievously, and spare Thy poor and needy servants.  Enclose not with death the souls of us who have fallen down in repentance with broken hearts and tears before Thee, our kindhearted, condescending and accommodating God.  For Thine it is to show mercy and to save, O our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

 

Молитвы во время смертносныя заразы

Господи Боже наш, призри с высоты святыя Твоея на молитву нас грешных и недостойных рабов Твоих, беззаконьми нашими Твою благость прогневавших, и милосердие Твое раздраживших, и не вниди в суд с рабами Твоими, но отврати страшный гнев Твой праведно на нас движимый, утоли губительное прещение, устави грозный Твой меч, невидимо безвременно секущий нас, и пощади нищих и убогих рабов Твоих, и не затвори в смерти души наша, в покаянии сокрушенным сердцем и со слезами к Тебе, Милосердому, Благоуветливому, и Благопременительному Богу нашему припадающих.  Твое бо есть еже миловати и спасати нас, Боже наш, и Тебе славу возсылаем, Отцу и Сыну и Святому Духу, ныне и присно и во веки веков. Аминь.

 

This prayer may also be used at home:

 

A Prayer for Protection from the Coronavirus

 

Lord, our God, You who are rich in mercy, and with careful wisdom direct our lives our life, listen to our prayer, receive our repentance for our sins, bring an end to this new infectious disease, this new epidemic, just as You averted the punishment the punishment of Your people in the time of King David.  You Who are the Physician of our souls and bodies, grant restored health to those who have been seized by this illness, raising them from their bed of suffering, so that they may glorify You, O Merciful Saviour, and preserve in health those who have not been infected.  Lord, bless, strengthen and preserve, all those who out of love and sacrifice care for the sick in their homes or in the hospitals.  Remove all sickness and suffering from Your people, and teach us to value life and health as gifts from You.  Give us Your peace, O God, and fill our hearts with unflinching faith in Your protection, hope in Your help, and love for You and our neighbour.  For Yours it is to have mercy on us and save us, O our God, and to You we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

 

And this prayer may be offered for medical workers:

 

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, Lover of Mankind, Physician of  our souls and bodies, who didst bear the pain of our infirmities, and by whose wounds we are healed; Who gave sight to the man born blind; Who straightened the woman who was bent over for eighteen years; Who gave speech and sight to the mute demoniac; Who not only forgave the paralytic his sins, but healed him to walk; Who restored the withered hand of a troubled man; Who stopped the flow of blood of her who bled for twelve years; Who raised Jairus’ daughter to life; And brought the four-day-dead Lazarus to life; And who heals every infirmity under the sun:  Do now, O Lord, grant Thy grace to all those here gathered who have laboured and studied hour upon hour, to go into all the world, and to heal by the talent Thou hast given to each of them. Strengthen them, by Thy strength, to fear no evil or disease. Enlighten them to do no evil by the works of their hands, and preserve them and those they serve in peace, for Thou art our God, and we know no other, and to Thee we ascribe glory together with Thy Father who is from everlasting, and Thy most Holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Set out below are links to the streaming services bing provided by four parishes of our Diocese.  We encourage our parishioners and friends to also consider the perspectives offered in the following articles:

 

Archpriest John Klingel: Liturgy and Live-Streaming: Two things that don't go together

 

https://orthochristian.com/129691.html

 

Konstantin Shemliuk: Online Christianity: To be or not to be

 

https://spzh.news/en/chelovek-i-cerkovy/69727-hristianstvo-onlajn-byty-ili-ne-byt

 

The following parishes in our Diocese are live streaming services:

 

Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral, Melbourne (Slavonic and English):

 

https://youtu.be/9-EY3LkcqZ4

 

Holy Annunciation parish, Brisbane (English):

 

http://Facebook.com/HolyAnnunciation

 

Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Brisbane (Slavonic and English):

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyYNEX3jcgAE_V7WPbkTN_Q/featured

 

Intercession of the Holy Virgin parish, Cabramatta (Slavonic and English):

 

https://m.facebook.com/cabrapokrov/ 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClnaLUki2i81f8banTcHVGw/featured

 

 

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