LETTER TO OUR COMMUNITY
“My hope is that we will seize the opportunity that is literally being forced upon us, to become more altruistic, more compassionate toward others, more patient, and indeed more faithful.” -Archbishop Elpidophoros of America
Dear Member of our Saint Spyridon Family,
These are difficult days. We aren’t able to gather in our spiritual home for prayer and fellowship. Yet we remain united as a family of faith, always present for one another in love and support. We miss you and look forward to the time when we can safely gather together in our beloved Saint Spyridon.
It is important to remember that, in the words of Archbishop Elpidophoros, “The Ekklesia extends far beyond the four walls of any church building.” We are reminded that the Church is not the building. It is the people of faith that remain connected, drawing spiritual nourishment from God and strength from one another. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact us and we will help in any way we can.
As leaders of our parish, we are working to build upon existing ministries and to initiate new ministries that will keep us connected as the Saint Spyridon family. The Philoptochos, Sunday School, Sophia Greek Program, Young Professionals Group, Seniors and Byzantine Chanting Classes will continue to support our long-term mission when this current crisis has passed.
Thank you for your support and participation that make these ministries and initiatives possible. We ask that you continue to support the Church so that together we may serve our family of Saint Spyridon and our community during this difficult time.
Your offerings of support may be submitted by mail to the church. We have also made online giving available on our church website for one-time and periodic giving. Again, we thank you for your generous support.
As we continue to “shelter in place” and practice “social distancing,” we have an opportunity to strengthen the way we practice our faith in our home. Through our faith we can trust that we will soon gather once again in our beloved Saint Spyridon, our spiritual home.
With love in Christ,
Rev. Father Soterios Baroody
“For God, Infinite though He be, has chosen to work through us, through our gifts, to continue His saving work in the world today.” -Fr. Anthony M. Coniaris
We are pleased to announce that we are able to celebrate the Divine Liturgy again together with you.
Please join us this Sunday. Reservations are no longer necessary. Attendees are encouraged to return to the normal practice of remaining in the church after the distribution of Holy Communion until the conclusion of the Divine Service.
Orthros: 8:30 AM | Divine Liturgy: 9:15 AM
For your protection, our church is adhering to government laws & Archdiocese directions and protocols. When you enter the church:
- Forehead temperature will be taken.
- We will ask you for your contact information for tracing purposes.
- If you do not have a mask we will provide you with one.
- Gloves will be provided.
- We will provide Hand Sanitizer.
- Candles will be handed to you, monies may be left in the Pangari Slot.
- You will be seated by a Parish Council member. We will adhere to the 6-foot social distancing.
Please read our weekly bulletin for further details.
Faithful who prefer to pray from their homes may continue to participate in services through Internet broadcasts and multimedia.
St. Spyridon Church relies on your support. We kindly ask you to consider mailing a donation or donating via the PayPal link below. Please help us to insure that our church will continue to thrive:
All social and ministry activities are SUSPENDED until further notice.
Tuesday and Thursday Seniors are CANCELLED until further notice.
Sunday Coffee Hour and Fellowship is CANCELLED until further notice.
Sunday School and Sophia Greek Program are CANCELLED until further notice.
Byzantine Music Lessons are CANCELLED until further notice.
Saint Spyridon Church is highlighted in the July-August 2018 issue of the Orthodox Observer!
For a description of the Restoration Project, see our RESTORATION page.
For updates and videos on the Restoration of St. Spyridon, see our NEWS page.
Please make a donation to the Restoration Fund here via Paypal:
Oct 14, 2018: Video of the Restoration Celebration
Emilian the Confessor & Bishop of Cyzikos; Our Holy Father Myronus the Wonderworker, Bishop of Crete; Holy New Martyrs Triantaphillus of Zagoras and Anastasius of Thessolonica; Gregory of Sinai and Mount Athos; Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Anastatios the Martyr from Bulgaria
ST. SPYRIDON GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
124 Wadsworth Avenue
New York, NY 10033
Phone: (212) 795-5870
Fax: (212) 795-4758