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Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As we have always done so since the beginning of the pandemic, we, at All Saints, will follow CDC guidelines. I am asking that anyone, regardless of vaccination status, attending indoor Masses wear masks until the level of cases drops back into “yellow” (moderate) or “blue” (low) levels of community transmission according to CDC guidelines. Currently Franklin County is at “red” (high). We are not requested to mask, according to CDC/Diocesan guidelines, when we are outdoors for Mass.
With full transparency, I have ZERO desire to return to mask wearing. It is deeply disappointing to me that we are back in this situation. We should have been at a stage of normalcy by this point. Christ teaches us that “there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends (JN 15:13).” We, as Christians, have the responsibility to focus on the Common Good of our brothers and sisters and strive for that ideal in the Name of Christ. “Responsibility” in the Christian context is a higher virtue than “rights.” We have vulnerable little ones who are unable, at this time, to receive the COVID vaccination which has been demonstrated to be the most effective tool we have to conquer this illness. If anything, let us join in solidarity with them in love and compassion until all who are able to be vaccinated are vaccinated, especially during this time of increase of cases due to the Delta variant. Love compels us to this end.
Also, until our case numbers drop, we will be receiving only the Consecrated Bread/Body of Christ for Holy Communion as we are currently doing. Once numbers return to a lower level, we will return to partaking of the Precious Blood from the chalice.
I know this updated policy will be disappointing. However, let us go forth in actions of love. Let us once again thunder heaven with prayers for the end to this pandemic, the healing of the sick, and the wisdom and courage of our fellow citizens to work toward the Common Good which our Faith in the Risen Lord calls us.
Fr. Jason +
August 2, 2021
COVID-19 Guidelines update
To: Clergy, wardens and administrators
As life continues to unfold in this new season of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is recommended that effective immediately, all congregations in the Diocese of Southern Ohio request people attending services and meetings held indoors to resume wearing masks, even if they are vaccinated. If communion is offered, it is further recommended that it either be with bread only, or with wine by intinction following the protocols issued in the previous guidelines.
This change is effective immediately. When Bishop Smith arrives in the diocese August 15, it is his intention to call our COVID Medical Task Force to meet to consider any further recommendations.
Thank you for your cooperation.
(on behalf of Bishop Smith)
We have been created to share in the Life of the Holy Trinity. Worship is our response to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Worship for us is a communal event. In corporate worship, given by God as seen in the Old Testament and fulfilled by Christ in the New Covenant, we unite ourselves with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God’s Word in Sacred Scripture, to offer prayer and intercession in which we bring before the Lord our own needs and the needs of others, and to celebrate the Holy Sacraments. They are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace. The source and summit of our lives as Christians is the Holy Eucharist. It is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the perpetual remembrance of His life, death, and Resurrection until His coming again. In the Holy Eucharist, the Church’s sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving is the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is made present, and in which He unites us to His one offering of Himself. Our Eucharistic Liturgy comes from the Book of Common Prayer, rooted in the ancient liturgies yet ever new and every contemporary. At All Saints, we dive deeply into the liturgy of the Church in which we encounter the great mystery of our Triune God.