Coronavirus Update!

    03.22.20 | Articles by Fr. Mark Leondis

    My dear Saint Mark Family, 
     
    PLEASE DO NOT COME TO CHURCH. Words that you have never heard me say before. Words that break my heart to say or write. Words that I hope will only last for a very short time. 
     
    However, following the guidance and recommendations from all the various Government agencies and now the City of Boca Raton, the Archdiocese and in conjunction with the thoughtful recommendations of our Metropolitan, please know that we will have no more than 10 faithful in the Church at one-given time. Therefore, we will continue to offer the Divine Services and pray for our faithful, however, with the Clergy, Chanter and a few present to assist, we are asking you to PLEASE STAY HOME and watch the services on live stream. This is out of concern for everyone's health and welfare.
     
     
    This drastic measure is being taken in order to “flatten the curve” and halt the continued spread of this virus, lessening its deadly consequences. 
     
    This is the time to make your home a place of prayer. Saint Paul tells us that the home is a “small church.” Your home is a place of holiness. 
     
    With the closing down of so much of our society, perhaps this is a time we can think of as a Sabbath – a time in which we can focus once gain on the essentials of our lives as Christians; praying together as families, reading Scripture and the lives of the Saints together in our homes. 
     
    Saint Paul offered his most beautiful and inspiring Epistles while he was in prison. 
     
    Please pray for those who are under the threat of the Coronavirus, those who are suffering and those who are recovering. Pray for the nurses, doctors and researchers, to keep them healthy.
     
    Yes, gathering together for worship is of the essence of our identity as Christians; but now we must affirm that it is not the four walls of a building that contains our faith, but our hearts. Our Lord Jesus will come to us “even though the doors are shut” and grant us His peace (John 20:19). 
     
    “Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave and be strong. Let everything you do be done in love. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you! My love be with you all in Christ Jesus” 
    (1 Corinthians 16: 13, 23-24).
     
    This is not the Lent that we hoped for, but it is the one we have been given. I hope and pray that all us will approach these unique challenges as a time to recommit our lives to Christ.
     
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    Praying for you always, 
     
     
    Father Mark