March 25, 2020: Parish Update Regarding Current Status of Church Services & Events

Dear Brethren & Friends of St Elizabeth’s,

I am writing today to address how we will proceed with parish life in light of the governor’s order regarding public gatherings and the clarification exempting religious and political organizations. Before I outline our parish’s plan for proceeding with parish life (much of which has already been in place), I would like to remind ourselves that the Church is – to use contemporary parlance – an, or rather, the “essential service.” The Church is the “Ark of Salvation” and, through the divine services and sacraments, we are connected to “all the fullness of God” unto eternal life. We should endeavor to live everyday of our lives – whether in peaceful times or times of trouble – in the bosom of the Church, which is Christ’s “Mystical Body.”

Below is our plan for proceeding with parish life in a way that addresses our ability to worship and our desire to be conscientious to the community regarding the spread of the Coronavirus. This plan is temporary in nature and we will constantly be evaluating things as conditions might change.

-All church services will proceed as scheduled

-All non-liturgical events have been postponed or cancelled (such as coffee hour, Sunday School, etc,) until further notice

-We will begin live streaming all church services on our parish’s Facebook page beginning on Friday, March 27

-All those who are in the category of being susceptible to Cornavirus (senior citizens, those who have a compromised immune systems, etc.) should consider staying home from church and watch our live stream, but should not feel compelled to stay home

-For those of you who are sick, especially those with symptoms resembling the Coronavirus, we ask that you stay home from church and watch our live stream

-For those of you who have been exposed to someone with the Coronavirus, or symptoms resembling it, we ask that you stay home from church and watch our live stream

-For those who will be coming to the church services, we ask that you practice “social distancing” attempting to keep 6 feet of distance from each other (family members do not have to “social distance” from each other, only from others or other families)

-A core of the choir has agreed to sing the services together (as many are from the same family), but any other choir members may join the choir if they wish, but should not feel obligated to do so

-The number of altar servers is not restricted as the altar is large enough to account for our usual number

-Regarding Confession, Fr Mark will hear them at the usual times in the usual manner as well as via telephone

-If anyone feels sick during a church service, we ask that they leave and, if possible, let the church warden know

-Our parish warden, Josh Shaw (or his designee), will be at all church services standing in Narthex helping the faithful with “social distancing” and assisting any visitors who might not be aware of our current procedures

-All the surfaces in the church (including the bathrooms) will be cleansed before and after each church surface and all church vessels will be cleaned thoroughly in the traditional manner

At this time, I ask your prayers for Metropolitan Hilarion, Bishop Nicholas, for me, and for the parish council. These are unprecedented times and none of us has ever had to make such weighty decisions regarding church life. Two final things: please check in on one another during this time as so many of us have been living in some form of isolation; and, please know that I love each and every one of you and pray for you daily as well as commemorate you by name at every liturgy that I serve.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need a pastoral visit, or if you have questions or concerns.

With much love in Christ,

Fr Mark

Wednesday, March 25 – Holy Unction Service Cancelled

Dear Brethren & Friends of St Elizabeth’s,
It’s with deep regret that we will have to cancel tomorrow evening’s Holy Unction service. Yesterday our governor issued a ban on public gatherings. At this point we are not sure what this all means for churches, but we thought as a preventive measure would cancel. We will, however, continue to hold our other church services as scheduled, but it is unclear to us at this time how many people we can have at the services and abide by the state’s directives regarding safeguarding the health of our community. The bishop will give us guidance today. I will give updates as soon as I have some firm decisions. Please pray for your priest and bishop as we make these decisions. None of us has been through anything like this before, but we promise that we will meet the spiritual needs of our parish to the best of our ability. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I want to hear from you!
With much love in Christ,
Fr Mark

NEW YORK CITY: STATEMENT FROM METROPOLITAN HILARION OF EASTERN AMERICA & NEW YORK, FIRST HIERARCH OF THE RUSSIAN CHURCH ABROAD, REGARDING SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS/НЬЮ-ЙОРК: ЗАЯВЛЕНИЕ МИТРОПОЛИТА ВОСТОЧНО-АМЕРИКАНСКОГО И НЬЮ-ЙОРКСКОГО ИЛАРИОНА, ПЕРВОИЕРАРХА РУССКОЙ ЗАРУБЕЖНОЙ ЦЕРКВИ,

Dear in the Lord Fathers, Brothers & Sisters!

With a sense of weighty responsibility not only for the eternal salvation of men’s souls, but also for the physical health of the clergy, monastics, parishioners, and worshippers of the Russian Church Abroad, I have been attentively following the development of events relating to the spread of the coronavirus, prayerfully beseeching for all God’s aid and the intercession of His Most-Pure Mother.

The current global outbreak of coronavirus dominates the daily headlines, with reports every day of new cases. Nevertheless, the divine services in our churches will continue, and Communion of the clergy and laity will be performed in the usual manner. In everything else, I ask that you undertake reasonable precautionary measures, adhering to common sense and the recommendations of local authorities, in order to preserve the health of the people and arrest the virus’ spread. If you are experiencing symptoms reminiscent of a cold, or if you have spent time with those who are ill, please have consideration for your neighbors, refrain from attending church, and pray at home.

The most important thing in these days is to preserve calm and inner peace, trusting in God. May the Lord help us not only to believe in Him, but also to trust in Him and in His guidance, that we might not lose spirit, and may act with goodly wisdom.

May the Lord keep you!

+HILARION
Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York
First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad

(Source: https://eadiocese.org/news_200315_1)

Дорогие о Господе отцыбратья и сестры!

Чувствуя бремя ответственности не только за вечное спасение душ человеческих, но и за телесное здравие клира, монашествующих, прихожан и богомольцев Русской Зарубежной Церкви, внимательно слежу за развитием событий, связанных с распространением коронавирусной инфекции, молитвенно испрашивая всем благословения Божия и заступничества Его Пречистой Матери.

Нынешняя глобальная вспышка коронавируса доминирует во всех новостях, каждый день сообщают о новых случаях. Тем не менее, богослужения в наших храмах будут продолжаться, а Причащение духовенства и мирян будет совершаться обычным порядком. Во всем остальном прошу принимать разумные меры предосторожности, придерживаясь здравого смысла и рекомендаций местных органов власти, чтобы сохранить здоровье людей и остановить распространение вируса. Если вы испытываете симптомы, напоминающие простуду, или встречались с больными, пожалуйста, подумайте о своих ближних, воздержитесь от посещения храма и помолитесь у себя дома.

Самое главное в эти дни – сохранять спокойствие и внутренний мир, доверившись Богу. Пусть Господь помогает нам не только верить в Него, но и доверять Ему, Его водительству, чтобы не терять присутствия духа и поступать благоразумно.

Храни вас Господь!

+ИЛАРИОН
Митрополит Восточно-Американский и Нью-Йоркский
Первоиерарх
 Русской Зарубежной Церкви

(source: https://ru.eadiocese.org/news_200315_1)

Sunday, March 29, 2020: “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series: “The Life & Times of the Holy Royal Martyrs, Part II” / воскресенье, 29 марта, 2020: „Жизнь и времена святыхъ Царственныхъ мучениковъ, часть ІІ‟.

On Sunday, March 29th, please join us for our “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series at St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church

On Sunday, March 29th, at coffee hour after Divine Liturgy, the “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series will continue with a lecture, entitled “The Life & Times of the Holy Royal Martyrs, Part II.”

This presentation is the second part of a two-part series, and will focus on the last days of the Royal Martyrs and how they endured their “house arrest” in Tsarskoe Selo, Tobolsk, and Ekaterinburg leading up to their martyrdom on July 17, 1918.

Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 AM; coffee hour at 12:00 PM.

Въ воскресенье, 29 марта, приглашаемъ васъ на Серію бесѣдъ „Живое Православіе“ въ Свято-Елисаветинскомъ храмѣ.

Въ воскресенье, 29 марта, за трапезой послѣ Божественной литургіи, Серія бесѣдъ „Живое Православіе“ продожится съ лекціей подъ названіемъ „Жизнь и времена святыхъ Царственныхъ мучениковъ, часть ІІ‟.
Эта бесѣда является второй частью серіи изъ двухъ частей, и будетъ посвящена послѣднимъ днямъ жизни Царственныхъ мучениковъ и тому, какъ они переносили „домашній арестъ“ въ Царскомъ Селѣ, Тобольскѣ и Екатеринбургѣ, послѣ чего были замучены 17 іюля 1918 года.

Божественная литургія начинается въ 10:00 ч.; трапеза въ 12:00 ч.

Sunday, January 26, 2020: “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series: “My Mission Trip to Orthodox Kenya,”/ „Моя миссіонерская поѣздка въ Кенію“

On Sunday, January 26th, please join us for our “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series at St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church

On Sunday, January 26th, at coffee hour after Divine Liturgy, the “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series will continue with a lecture entitled, “My Mission Trip to Orthodox Kenya,” which will chronicle Daniel Kateli’s recent travels to Kenya.

The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) has supported the work of the Orthodox Church in Kenya for the past 30 years, continues to provide support for theological and catechetical training, and works with Church leaders to address issues of self-sufficiency for the Church.

Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 AM; coffee hour at 12:00 PM.

Въ воскресенье, 26 января, приглашаемъ васъ на Серію бесѣдъ „Живое Православіе“ въ Свято-Елисаветинскомъ храмѣ.


Въ воскресенье, 26 января, за трапезой послѣ Божественной литургіи, Серія бесѣдъ „Живое Православіе“ продожится съ лекціей подъ названіемъ „Моя миссіонерская поѣздка въ Кенію“, въ которой Даніилъ Катели разскажетъ о своемъ недавнемъ путешествіи въ Кенію.
Православный христіанскій миссіонерскій центръ (OCMC) въ теченіе послѣднихъ 30 лѣтъ поддерживаетъ дѣятельность Православной Церкви въ Кеніи, продолжаетъ обезпечить богословскую подготовку и катехизацію и сотрудничаетъ съ священноначаліемъ въ вопросахъ самообезпеченности Церкви.
Божественная литургія начинается въ 10:00 ч.; трапеза въ 12:00 ч.

Nativity of Christ – Church Services & Events / Рождество Христово – Богослуженія и событія

Nativity of Christ – Church Services & Events / Рождество Христово – Богослуженія и событія

Nativity 2019/2020
Church Services & Events

Monday, January 6 – Eve of Nativity
9:00 AM: Royal Hours & Typica
10:30 AM: Vesperal Liturgy
5:30 PM: All-Night Vigil

Tuesday, January 7 – Nativity of Christ
9:40 AM: Hours & Divine Liturgy
12:00 PM: Festal Meal & Yolka

Рождество 2019/2020
Богослуженія и событія

Понедѣльникъ, 6 января – Сочельникъ Рождества
9:00 ч.:
Царскіе часы и Изобразительны
10:30: Вечерня съ Литургіей
17:30: Всенощное бдѣніе

Вторникъ, 7 января – Рождество Христово
9:40: Часы и Божественная литургія
12:00 ч.: Праздничная трапеза и Ёлка

Sunday, December 15, 2019 – “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series: “The Life of the Holy New-Martyr Alexander (Schmorell) of Munich” / Житіе новомученика Александра (Шморелля) Мюнхенскаго

On Sunday, December 15th, please join us for our “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series at St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church

On Sunday, December 15th, at coffee hour after Divine Liturgy, the “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series will continue with a lecture on the life of the Holy New-Martyr Alexander (Schmorell) of Munich.

Born in Russia, St. Alexander was of Russian and German ancestry, and was a young college student in Nazi Germany. He was a founder of the “White Rose” resistance group, eventually sacrificing his life for this cause. He was glorified jointly by the Russian Church Abroad and the Moscow Patriarchate in 2012.

Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 AM; coffee hour at 12:00 PM.

Въ воскресенье, 15 декабря, приглашаемъ васъ на Серію бесѣдъ „Живое Православіе“ въ Свято-Елисаветинскомъ храмѣ.

Въ воскресенье, 15 декабря, за трапезой послѣ Божественной литургіи, Серія бесѣдъ „Живое Православіе“ продожится съ лекціей о житіи новомученика Александра Мюнхенскаго (Шморелля).

Святой Александръ родился въ Россіи и былъ русско-немѣцкаго происхожденія, и учился въ университетѣ въ фашистской Германіи. Онъ былъ однимъ изъ основателей сопротив-ленческой группы „Бѣлая роза“, и въ итогѣ за это пожертвовалъ своей жизнью.

Онъ былъ одновременно прославленъ Русской Зарубежной Церковью и Московскимъ Патріархатомъ въ 2012 г.

Божественная литургія начинается въ 10:00 ч.; трапеза въ 12:00 ч.

Sunday, October 27, 2019 – “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series: “The Abbot, the Prince & The Horde: The Rise of Holy Russia” / “Игуменъ, князь и Орда: Подъемъ Святой Руси”

On Sunday, October 27th, please join us for a lecture: The Abbot, the Prince & The Horde: The Rise of Holy Russia, about the Battle of Kulikovo Field (1380).
On October 27th, at coffee hour after Divine Liturgy, Subdeacon Gregory Levitsky will deliver a lecture on the Battle of Kulikovo Field (1380) between the forces of the Princedom of Muscovy and the Golden Horde.
Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 AM; coffee hour at 12:00 PM.

Въ воскресенье, 27 октября, приглашаем васъ на бесѣду подъ названіемъ: Игуменъ, князь и Орда: Подъемъ Святой Руси, посвященную исторіи Куликовской битвы.

27 октября, за трапезой послѣ Божественной литургіи ѵподіаконъ Григорій Левитскій выступитъ съ бесѣдой о битвѣ на Куликовомъ полѣ, между войсками Московскаго княжества и Золотой Орды.
Божественная литургія начинается въ 10:00 ч.; трапеза въ 12:00 ч.

Sunday, September 22, 2019 – “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series – “An Ode to Ezekiel Bulver: C.S. Lewis as our ally in the Culture War” / „Ода Іезекіилю Бульверу: Клайвъ Стейплзъ Льюисъ какъ союзникъ въ культурной войнѣ“

On Sunday, September 22nd, please join us for our “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series at St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church

On Sunday, September 22nd, at coffee hour after Divine Liturgy, the “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series will continue with a lecture entitled, “An Ode to Ezekiel Bulver: C.S. Lewis as our ally in the Culture War.” Archpriest Mark Mancuso will offer an introduction into the works of the 20th century Christian apologist C.S. Lewis and how his writings can be an aid to Orthodox Christians living in the modern world.

Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 AM; coffee hour at 12:00 PM.

Въ воскресенье, 22 сентября, приглашаемъ васъ на Серію бесѣдъ „Живое Православіе“ въ Свято-Елисаветинскомъ храмѣ.

Въ воскресенье, 22 сентября, за трапезой послѣ Божественной литургіи, Серія бесѣдъ „Живое Православіе“ продожится съ лекціей подъ названіемъ „Ода Іезекіилю Бульверу: Клайвъ Стейплзъ Льюисъ какъ союзникъ въ культурной войнѣ“. Протоіерей Маркъ Манкюсо ознакомитъ съ твореніями апологета 20го вѣка Клайва Льюиса, и съ тѣмъ, какъ его писанія могутъ помочь православнымъ, живущимъ въ современномъ мірѣ.

Божественная литургія начинается въ 10:00 ч.; трапеза въ 12:00 ч.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 – “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series – Coffee Hour Story Time: The Life of St Peter of Krutitsy / Бесѣда за трапезой: Житіе священномуч. Петра Крутицкаго

On Sunday, August 25th, please join us for our “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series at St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church – Coffee Hour Storytime: The Life of St Peter of Krutitsy

On Sunday, August 25th, at coffee hour after Divine Liturgy, the “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series will cover the life of the Holy Hieromartyr Peter, Metropolitan of Krutitsy. Archpriest Mark Mancuso will give an overview and historical context of St. Peter’s life, while Matushka Anne Mancuso will present her forthcoming children’s book – on St. Innocent Press – The Sleepy Bear & The Golden Whispers – about St. Peter’s interactions with a friendly bear in the Siberian forest.

Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 AM; coffee hour at 12:00 PM.

O Holy Hieromartyr Peter, pray unto God for us!

Въ воскресенье, 25 августа, приглашаемъ васъ на Серію бесѣдъ „Живое Православе“ въ Свято-Елисаветинскомъ храмѣ. – Бесѣда за трапезой: Житіе священномуч. Петра Крутицкаго

Въ воскресенье, 25 августа, за трапезой послѣ Божественной литургіи, въ рамкахъ Серіи бесѣдъ „Живое Православіе“ состоится лекція о житіи священномученика Петра, митрополита Крутицкаго. Протоіерей Маркъ Манкюсо приведетъ общій обзоръ и историческій контекстъ жизни святого, а матушка Анна Манкюсо представитъ свою новую книгу „Сонный медвѣдь и золоты шепоты“ (издательство St. Innocent Press), про встрѣчу св. Петра съ дружелюбнымъ медвѣдемъ въ лѣсу.

Божественная литургія начинается въ 10:00 ч.; трапеза въ 12:00 ч.

Священномучениче Петре, моли Бога о насъ!