As many are aware, Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order lifting all Covid related restrictions starting Wednesday, March 10th, 2021. The Order does allow private entities to make their own decisions regarding safety protocols. While our own parish's restrictions are informed by local guidelines; ultimately, the guidelines are set by our bishop, not the state. Our current guidelines will remain in place until we hear otherwise from His Eminence, Archbishop Alexander. Thank you for your continued vigilance and prayers.
Below please find the safety measures to attend services at St. Paul's. These are the guidelines from St. Seraphim Cathedral.
We have started regular weekend services with Vespers and Divine Liturgy; however, we still must practice caution and care.
Please text or email Subdeacon Thomas or Father Herman if you plan on attending Divine Liturgy.
With the social distance required we can accommodate 18 people. There are strips of blue tape on the floor for family to stand/sit for the service.
I'm very excited for our parish to move toward a semblance of normalcy. While none of this is normal, it is what is necessary at this time.
1. You are not exhibiting any signs of sickness of any kind.
2. Those with chronic health problems and are in at-risk categories, please talk to Fr. John about getting a blessing to attend.
3. You have not had contact with anyone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Healthcare professionals may attend services, but should get a blessing if you're directly in a covid care area.
4. You have not attended another Orthodox Church service or other large gathering of people in the last 14 days.
5. All parishoners and visitors are highly encouraged to notify Subdeacon Thomas or Fr. Herman that you plan to attend Divine Liturgy.
6. You are wearing a cloth mask or face shield and continue to do so throughout the service. It is to be removed to receive Holy Communion. (Children under eight years of age are not required to wear a mask.)
7. You disinfect your hands with the sanitizer that we provide at the door.
8. You remain on the spot marked on the floor for physical distancing. Families are to stand close to one another. Children are to remain by their parents at all times.
9. You may venerate icons/cross and kiss the priest's hand as you feel comfortable. Bowing is still appropriate.
10. Face masks and social distancing must continue during coffee hour. Only remove your mask to eat and drink.
In Christ, Archimandrite Gerasim
Christ Is Risen!
Indeed He Is Risen!
Worshiping God in Spirit and Truth.
Saint Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church in Denison, Texas is part of the Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church In America which was born out of the work of Russian missionaries that arrived in Alaska in 1794. The Orthodox Church In America is part of the world wide communion of canonical Eastern Orthodox Christian churches that hold the Tradition given by Christ to the Apostles. Sister churches include the Russian Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Antiochian Orthodox Church, the Romainian Orthodox Church and many others.
Saint Paul’s is a parish with a membership of life long Orthodox Christians and converts to the Orthodox faith. Although most of our members were born in America some were born in the Orthodox lands of eastern Europe. English is the language used in all of the services.