The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great April 5, 5th Sunday of Great Lent
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8:30 AM Orthros
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy
A Message to the Parishioners of
Holy Trinity from Fr. Peter, April 3
Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, and each day thereafter, I ask that at the appointed times of 12:00 PM and then again at 6:00 PM the faithful of Holy Trinity read this prayer in front of your iconostasis or in front of an icon of Christ. Let us stand together in prayer, being united as a community of faith, asking for our Lord’s help against the Coronavirus.
A Prayer to our Lord
Against the Coronavirus
Lord Jesus Christ our God, the Supreme healer of our souls and bodies, You became man for us in order to heal the chronic sufferings of humankind. You did not despise the ten lepers who were gravely ill but did cleanse them through Your saving compassion. As the God-man, You spent the days of your presence here on earth performing glorious works and healing those sick and suffering from infirmities. You restored back to good health the paralytic, the blind, those heavy laden with sins, the demonized, and those suffering from the passions of both body and mind. In Your goodness Lord, accept our supplication at this time and with Your divine power drive away the killer virus that causes fear among people and death to the sick and those who unjustly suffer from it.
If You have allowed this tempter in our midst because of our many sins, we beg You, the only Merciful One, lift this burden from us and from the whole world. And if You allowed its prevalence as a test to our faith, we the faithful implore You, to end the uncertainty and deliver those who are sickened from this epidemic, as the only Physician of our souls and bodies.
Furthermore, if this was given because of the wickedness of the adversary, and was spread through negligence of irresponsible people, as the Almighty God, crush its power by Your divine might and once again shine the light of Your salvation upon all.
O Holy Lord, we ask you to guard the infants, keep the youth safe, surround the sick with Your protection, and heal from the curse of this virus those of old age. Deliver all of us from oppression and despondency, and grant us instead, health, comfort, and progress in faith.
We ask this through the intercessions of the most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary, who is Quick-to-hear, and the Life-giving Spring; of Your illuminous angels, those ministering spirits of God; of St. John the Baptist and Forerunner; of the Wonderworking saints, Sts. Cosmas and Damianos the Holy Unmercenary Physicians; St. Barbara the Great Martyr; St. Anastasia, the Deliverer from Potions (Pharmokolytria); St. Gerasimos of Kephalonia; St. Spyridon the Wonderworker; and St. Nektarios of Pentapolis, the Healer and Wonderworker; and of all Your Saints.
We pray this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All Divine Services at Holy Trinity will be broadcast by online services.
A further list of services can be found on Holy Trinity’s YouTube Channel
The Akathist Hymn to the Holy Theotokos, April 3, 2020
The Presanctified Liturgy, April 1, 2020
FATHER PETER’S UPDATE
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Westfield, New Jersey
Click on dates for PDF announcements regarding COVID-19 from the parish of Holy Trinity
Directives from the Archdiocese
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
MONDAY, MARCH 16
With the intent of halting the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all parish events and gatherings at Holy Trinity are cancelled until further notice.
In times of disease and illness, let us turn to the Panagia, our Lord’s mother and Virgin Mary, for comfort and strength. After God, we flee unto her for protection and refuge.
Prayers to the Panagia for Comfort
“The transformation of the afflicted, you are the cure of those in sickness, Theotokos, O Virgin; save your people and your town. You are the peace of those in conflict, the calm of those in turmoil, the only protection of the faithful.”
“The illnesses of body and the soul’s ailing sickness, of those who run to you, for divine protection, as God’s holy Mother make us worthy of remedy: For the Saviour, the Christ was born from you.”
“For those in great sorrow, you are joy. For the oppressed, a protection. For the hungry, their food. You are a comfort unto to those estranged. You are a staff to the blind. A visitation of all those sick. And to those held by pain you are a shelter and comforting. To the orphaned, an aid. O Mother of our God in the highest, the Spotless one, hasten to save and heal your servants, as we ask for your intercessions.”