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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
The Office of Bishop Kurt Burnette announced on March 16th effective immediately to March 30th the Sunday obligation to attend public worship services is dispensed due to the emergent threat and rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The entire announcement can be read on this link: Letter from Bishop Kurt March 16, 2020
All liturgies normally held in the parishes of our eparchy, such as Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, and weekend Divine Liturgies will be not celebrated as public worship. Our priests throughout the eparchy will privately celebrate the Liturgies and pray for the intentions of parishioners.
An excerpt from the announcement:
“Every subject of the Bishop of Passaic is dispensed from the Sunday obligation to attend the Divine Liturgy for March 22 and March 29. Divine law still requires us to keep holy the Lord’s Day by prayer and avoiding unnecessary work. The Bishop cannot dispense from the Divine law.
The priests of the Eparchy of Passaic are working together to make Sunday Divine Liturgy available on the internet. Baptisms, weddings, and funerals may be celebrated with only the immediate family present. People who are at high risk are encouraged not to attend. Confessions should be heard if possible with a screen and good ventilation.
Our churches may be open at designated times for people to spend time in private prayer. People are asked to follow public health guidelines at those times.”
Weekend Divine Liturgies (not public until permitted)
Divine Liturgy Schedule at St.Michael’s – Pittston
Sat. 4:15 to 4:45pm
Sun. 8:00 to 8:15am
Or by appointment – call 570-654-4564
Holy Days: Times vary, please call the parish office at 570-654-4564.
Divine Liturgy Schedule at St. Nicholas – Swoyersville (Sister Parish)
or by appointment – call 570-654-4564
St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church is located at 271 Tripp Street, Swoyersville, Pennyslvania, 18704
Weekdays: Lenten Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts (not public until permitted)
Wednesdays: St. Michael, Pittston 6:30 pm
Fridays: St. Nicholas, Swoyersville 6:00 pm
Bible Study Group Fridays 7:00 pm at St. Nicholas, Swoyersville (cancelled)
We invite all parishioners and friends of both St. Michael & St. Nicholas parishes
Group meets following 6 pm Liturgy at St. Nicholas, Swoyersville
Where: Basement social hall of St. Nicholas Church, Swoyersville
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** Come & join us for an hour of reading and friendly discussion !
** A great way to enrich your Lenten experience!
** You can start and join in any or all sessions !
2020 Interparish Lenten Vespers Schedule 3 pm
Byzantine Catholic Churches of Wyoming Valley
Vesper Services each Sunday at 3 pm
Private Confession (Sacrament of Reconciliation) will be available after each service. And, everyone attending is invited immediately following the service to enjoy a light food and beverage fellowship social, offered at each location.
Dates and Locations
Sunday, March 1 Saint Michael, Pittston with Icon Procession – 205 N. Main
Sunday, March 8 Saint John, Wilkes-Barre Township – 526 Church Street
Sunday, March 15 Saint Nicholas, Swoyersville – 271 Tripp Street
Sunday, March 22 Saint Mary, Wilkes Barre – 695 N. Main
Sunday, March 29 Saint Mary, Kingston – 321 Chestnut Street
Byzantine Catholic Liturgical Calendar for 2020
2020 Liturgical Calendar ¹
Clicking on the blue text above will open to the website of : the Metropolitan Cantor Institute of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. Additional detailed and informative liturgical resources are available there, with appreciation and Credit ¹ to the Cantor Institute & the Metropolitan Archeparchy of Pittsburgh for making this available to the public for educational and spiritual use.
See listings here or under Calendar of Events
for Major Holy Day Liturgy times (Christmas/Easter), Spiritual and Special Events
For specific dates/times on Holy Day Schedule:
Contact our church secretary @ 570-905-7387
or our church office @ 570-654-4564 (Fridays).
Traditional Daily Byzantine Greeting
- Glory to Jesus Christ!” Response: “Glory to Him forever!”
- Slava Isusu Christu ! Response: Slava na viki
General Byzantine Greeting
- Christ is Among Us Response: He is and always will be
- Christos Posred’i Nas Response: Jest i budet
Pacha (Easter) Greetings
- Christ is Risen Response: Indeed He is risen!
- Christos Voskrese Response: Voistinu Voskrese
- Christos Anesti Response: Alithos Anesti (Greek)
- Christ is Born! Response: Glorify Him
- Christos Razdajetsja Response: Slavite Jeho