Reuniting Our People With Their Parish Homes

  • COVID-19 Safety Guidance to Parishes »

    August 20, 2021

  • The Sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation: Revised Directives and Liturgical Rubrics »

    May 16, 2021

    Before celebrating the sacrament, the priest must have an orientation meeting with the child’s parents and sponsor; a similar meeting is required with an adult catechumen and his/her sponsor. Among other things, the priest must review with them the directives and liturgical rubrics.

  • The Divine Liturgy: Revised Guidelines »

    May 16, 2021

    As the pandemic landscape evolves, the Holy Metropolis had issued and revised certain directives concerning the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. These directives are to be used in conjunction with other Metropolis Directives (chicago.goarch.org/reopening-parishes) and special Orders and Directives issued by local authorities.

  • The Sacrament of Marriage: Revised Directives and Liturgical Rubrics »

    May 16, 2021

    Considering the ever-changing landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic, the clergy and other parties involved (couple, sponsor, etc.) must understand, accept, and adhere to revised special directives and liturgical rubrics as outlined by the Metropolis and the updated guidelines set forth by local authorities.

  • Update on Parish COVID-19 Safety Measures »

    May 16, 2021

    With the latest developments in the effort to end the pandemic, effective immediately, subject to orders and directives of applicable state or local authorities, all parishes of our Holy Metropolis may cease requiring fully vaccinated people to use facemasks and observe social distancing. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue wearing a facemask over the nose and mouth and observing social distancing.

  • Protocol for Non-Liturgical Programs in Education Ministries »

    August 24, 2020

    Whenever possible, the use of distance learning platforms should be used for Education Ministries. However, recognizing the benefits of in-person learning, especially for children, the Metropolis of Chicago offers this protocol to its parishes as a way to safely commence in-person learning.

  • Protocol for the Distribution of Antidoron and Artoklasia: Update to the June 3, 2020 Directive »

    August 17, 2020

    Now that people are more accustomed to social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), the following protocol is offered to parishes to help reintroduce the distribution of antidoron and artoklasia.

  • New Directives and Special Rubrics for Celebrating the Sacraments of Baptism, Chrismation and Marriage »

    June 10, 2020

    In line with the May 31 statement regarding the Sacraments of Holy Unction and Confession, the Metropolis of Chicago has offered its clergy directives and special rubrics for celebrating the Sacraments of Baptism, Chrismation and Marriage.

  • The Divine Liturgy: Special Directives and Liturgical Rubrics »

    June 3, 2020

    In an effort to mitigate the risk of infection, the Metropolis offers these special directives and liturgical rubrics for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. They are to be used in conjunction with other Metropolis Directives and special Orders and Directives issued by local authorities.

  • Revision of the May 20, 2020 Guidelines »

    June 2, 2020

    His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael has directed the revision of the May 20, 2020 Directive regarding the ability for attendance at services by parishioners.

  • Update and Summary of Levels of Participation »

    May 30, 2020

    All parishes remain required to comply with the May 20, 2020 Directive, including obtaining the blessing of the Metropolitan to enter Level 2, and subsequently the blessing to enter Level 3. The Metropolis created a phased program for parishes to prepare and to welcome the return of their congregants.

  • Statement Regarding Sacraments of Confession and Holy Unction »

    May 30, 2020

    As the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago to reunite the faithful with their parish homes, it is taking steps to ensure that this reunion is grounded on the sacramental life of the Church.

  • Reuniting Our People With Their Parish Homes »

    May 20, 2020

    Following its May 11 statement, the Metropolis of Chicago has issued guidance that would permit a greater number of parishioners to attend liturgical services provided that the conditions and protocols set forth in the guidance are strictly followed.

  • Statement Regarding Liturgical Services and the Sacramental Life of the Church »

    May 11, 2020

    The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago released a statement announcing plans to implement a comprehensive set of conditions-based protocols in the coming weeks to reintroduce greater participation in liturgical services and the sacramental life of the Church.