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Sundays 10:00am: Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great
Wednesdays 5:30pm: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
SAINT JOB OF POCHAIV ORTHODOX CHURCH
PLAN FOR STEPPED REOPENING UNDER 2020 PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS
Our goal in this proposal is to maximize the safety with which we can resume serving the Divine Liturgy for the faithful of Saint Job of Pochaiv utilizing best practices and submitting to the spirit of the governmental guidelines (not just the letter) as well as the directives of our hierarchs, and as much scientific knowledge as we can access.
- The building of Saint Job has a maximum occupancy of 62 for the entire building. Under the current guidelines set out by the governor of New Mexico, houses of worship may operate at 275% capacity. Our top limit of attendance is 62 people.
- The occupancy of the temple space has not been officially defined, but an unofficial statement was made that intimated 50 occupants. Our working occupancy goal under the current guidelines will be 37 .
- This gives us flexibility should someone arrive whose attendance is not planned.
- Attendance will be restricted to an “A and B” Sunday, with each Sunday attendance not overlapping with any other Sunday. Each parishioner will be assigned to A or B group, and must attend liturgy exclusively with their assigned group. Only Father Theophan will attend multiple weeks consecutively.
- This facilitates the sanitization of the temple between services.
- This also facilitates cessation of services in a timely manner should an outbreak occur.
- The list of persons in each will be compiled and published before the first liturgy.
- Every attendee’s attendance will be recorded by the priest to facilitate contact tracing should it become necessary. If there are new attendees every effort will be made to get their name and contact information for the same reason.
- As per his Eminence Archbishop DANIEL, communion will continue to be distributed as normal via the Holy Spoon, but the faithful are to receive with open mouth into which the gifts will be deposited.
- The faithful should remain 6 feet apart while approaching the chalice and one person will be assigned to hold the iliton (the napkin).
- Attendee’s will be encouraged to check their temperature using a non-contact thermometer upon arrival at the church and asked to leave if their temperature is 100°F or higher.
- Hand sanitizer will be made available to all attendees at every entrance of the church and at the readers stand.
- Father Theophan will be tested as often as is possible since he is the common point of contact for the entire parish.
- Parishioners who are sick or have been in the last two weeks, or who have come in contact with a person known to have COVID-19 may not attend services.
- Attendees should wear masks at all times.
- The priest will wear a mask during the Proskomedia and from the great entrance through the distribution of communion.
- The chanter will not wear a mask but will stand in the front of the church and face forward. All other attendees will be positioned behind the chanter. A face shield may be available for the chanter to wear and will be sanitized between uses.
- Individuals should remain six feet apart upon entering the church and throughout the service.
- Family units must do their best to stand close together since they are members of the same household and co-locating does not increase their personal risk while it does minimize the risk of transmission to others.
- Marks will be made on the floor to facilitate this measurement and compliance.
- Icons and other Holy implements may be venerated with a bow but should not be kissed or touched.
- Hand painted icons will be place out of reach.
- Icons that can be cleaned will be placed for veneration and will be sanitized with the rest of the temple.
- Door handles and surfaces regularly touched will be sanitized before and after each service.
- Aerosol dispersed sanitizer will be used on the entirety of the temple between services.
- The bathroom will be sanitized between services.
- All doors to the temple will remain open for the duration of the service and the ceiling fans will be on to facilitate ventilation.
- Parishioners over the age of 65 and compromised immune systems are encouraged make an honest assessment of their health and make an informed decision about attendance.
- Holy Eucharist will be made available to the faithful in their homes if they cannot attend the liturgy.
- There will be no pew books available.
- There will be no coffee hour or other non-liturgical church functions.
If you are a visitor, there is room for you. If you have any questions please call Father Theophan or email him at fr.theophan.mackey(at)gmail.com