The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every corner of our world. In the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, all seven states, 67 parishes, and three monastic communities, have had to make significant adjustments to worship services and ministry activities during this time when people are directed to stay at home and shelter in place. We know this presents challenges on many levels, but the Metropolis has compiled this page to include special resources for Worship, Technology, Finance, and Ministries. We will be updating this page so please check back for additional information to support our parishes and faithful during the pandemic.

Messages from Metropolitan Gerasimos

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Reflection for Independence Day 2020

The ideals and the promise of America attracted our immigrant ancestors. They were drawn to a land that would open her doors to people of all races and creeds and nationalities.

Reflection for the Feasts of Sts Peter and Paul and the Holy Apostles

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Reflection for the Feasts of Sts Peter and Paul and the Holy Apostles

On June 29 the Church will celebrate the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, and on June 30 we will celebrate the Synaxis of the Holy Apostles. The ministry of the Apostles, took the Gospel to the corners of the then-known world.

Reflection for Pentecost 2020

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Reflection for Pentecost 2020

Pentecost is often called the “birthday” of the Church because on this day the first community of Christians formed upon hearing the Gospel preached by the Apostles.

Restoring Parish Life

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Restoring Parish Life

For nearly two months, we have lived under conditions of physical distancing to slow the advance of the Coronavirus, but we have reached a point to begin resuming the liturgical life in a measured and safe way.

Reopening Our Parishes

In a post COVID-19 world people will be looking for community and human interaction. And we all await with positive anticipation the time when we can return to our beloved parishes. Soon, the horizon will be in sight, and that will be our prompt for action. But there are things we can do now to help us prepare for the eventuality of a return.

Usher Guides (can be downloaded and customized for your parish)

Signage

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Worship

Services, prayers, and spiritual reflections.

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Latest News from Archbishop Elpidophoros

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A Different Communion

All our lives we have enjoyed participation in Holy Communion. The moment has come for us to commune differently: Let us offer our blood to our fellow human beings.

Ecumenical Patriarchate

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Health Resources

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