Saint Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral

Dallas, Texas

Orthodox Church In America (OCA)

Diocese of the South

Public announcement by our Dean, Fr. Gerasim

March 31st, 2020

Dear Faithful and Friends of St Seraphim Cathedral,

May God bless you!

Those of you who have looked at our service schedule in the Cathedral Bulletin and online calendar will note that there are a number of services taking place at our St Seraphim Cathedral this week.

Please note that, according to recommendations from the Diocese of the South and the restrictive orders issued by the County Judge and confirmed by the Mayor of Dallas, we may only have a maximum of ten people in our Cathedral.

This is only Cathedral staff: staff is limited to Priest, Deacon, Sub-deacon, Reader, choir, and technical support, that is, for the celebration and streaming of services online. This means that if your presence is not essential to the celebration of services, we ask you to remain at home.

We ask that you comply with the Shelter-in-place orders that have been mandated by our County and City authorities. [Neighbors are ready to report violations of Shelter-at-home directives].

As we approach Pascha our Diocese of the South will issue additional clear guidelines for our clergy and faithful. Attendance at services will be by online participation only. This is an unfortunate fact of the current circumstances that our country faces. Here in Dallas-Fort Worth we are more fortunate than in the rest of the country in that at present local law does not prohibit the celebration of the Church services for online streaming.

St Seraphim Cathedral and the Diocese of the South ask you to be patient and understanding during this present time so that we neither jeopardize the health of our own parishioners and our neighbors, nor do we involuntarily provoke more stringent implementation of existing quarantine orders.

It is important that we use all means available, while keeping ourselves at a distance to grow in our faith, to pray and guide our families in prayer, and to support one another by keeping in contact and sharing with one another. I have previously written how we will be postponing baptisms until around Pentecost. We are facing a crisis that is unprecedented in our lifetime. We ask you to humbly and patiently observe what is safe and healthy for your family and Church community.

Please consult the Cathedral Bulletin and the online Calendar for the online service schedule. We are currently engaged in upgrading the quality of online transmission of services. We ask your patience as we do this.

I ask your prayers.

In Christ,

Archimandrite Gerasim

Dean of St Seraphim Cathedral