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Christianity uses forty to designate important time periods. Remember before his temptation Jesus fasted “forty days and forty nights” in the Judean desert (Matthew 4:2, Mark 1:13, Luke 4:2). And Forty days was the period from the resurrection of Jesus to his ascension. (Acts 1:3).
Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus St. James congregation with the other churches of our diocese are entering a forty-day period as well, as Bishop Sutton has extended church closures until May 16th, 2020. We are in mourning for our brothers and sisters and for ourselves as we are unable to gather in our worship spaces for services. What this means is the services on Palm Sunday and Holy Week as well as Easter and the other services cannot take place. This is truly sad but is necessary because of the safety practices put in place by our governing authorities as a preventative measure to curtail the growth and spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19). As Christians and followers of Jesus Christ it is our moral and civic duty to follow the guideline set forth.
So, as the Bishop said, our “New Easter Day” for 2020 is Sunday May 17.
A question was asked about receiving communion. Bishop Sutton said: Because of the hazards of the Corona Virus no clergy will consecrate and distribute communion. He did say that on Palm Sunday, weather permitting that we can bless the Palms and distribute them outside the church building, perhaps in. A drive by fashion.
The bishop will live-stream the Celebration of the Mass at 11:00 AM this Sunday on the diocesan website and will take communion on behalf of all of us.
As always, please reach out to with any questions or concerns you have: [email protected]
Be blessed and hang in there
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The Link below will take you a general page, where you will scroll down to St. James Parkton, click on the circle on the left then enter the amount you would contribute, on the right. All amounts are greatly appreciated.
Be Well and Safe and may GOD Bless us all.
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