St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Jamestown, NY
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit
Jamestown, NY

Beloved in Christ,

I hope and pray that this finds you and your families healthy, safe and well!
Please see the new guidelines below from His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas.
Also, even though you are not physically permitted in the church, your prayers are still very important! One of the forms of prayer for us as Orthodox Christians is by lighting candles. If you would like to have a candle(s) lit for you in Church during services, I ask that you please reach out to me personally either by email or by phone 408-799-6830. I will assure you that your candle(s) will be lit. 
Please continue to pray and keep the faith!
With Love in the Physician of our Souls,
Fr. Soteri

Commenting on these measures, Archbishop Elpidophoros said:

“As Christians, we must take responsibility for the well being of others. We can be united in the spirit even as we are apart in the body. In fact, protecting the health of those around us is a powerful witness to our faith, that we place the good of others above our own. With our faith in God, we can overcome these present difficulties, using the rational, scientific knowledge that we possess through our God-given intelligence.

“As your shepherd, I will be ever-vigilant for the welfare of our Archdiocese, praying in the Chapel of Saint Paul every day for all of you, for our Nation, and for the world. Above all, I will offer the Holy and Divine Liturgy for the life of each and every one of you. May the Lord keep us all in health and safety until these challenges have passed.”