Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will be enforcing guidliness to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the congregation.
The Church will no longer require sign ups to attend liturgy and there will not be restrictions regarding the number of liturgies you can attend.
However, social distancing measures will still be maintained. If you plan on attending a liturgy, please arrive at church before 8:45 am. Please wear a mask; bring a bag for your shoes; bring your own water, headscarf, and communion cloth. Upon arrival, ushers will take your temperature and guide you to a seat. Please remain in your seat and do not move around the church for your health and safety, and the health and safety of others. Remember, we are still dealing with a pandemic and our goal is to keep everyone safe. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID, we ask that you do not attend church until you have received a negative test result.
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In the ancient monastic sources (Apophthegmata Patrum, Historia Monachrum In Aegypto, Palladius Historia Lausiaca, etc.), the name of a monk is generally preceded by the Greek word abbas or abba, the cognate of the Coptic apa (Sahidic) or abba (Bohairic), the Arabic aba or anba. This is clearly the Aramaic and Syriac ab in its emphatic state, abba, "father." (It is also attested, less frequently, in the feminine, in the form ammas or amma, corresponding to the Syriac ‘em, ‘emma, "mother.")