Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Panteleimon the Great Martyr & Healer July 27
This Saint, who had Nicomedia as his homeland, was the son of Eustorgius and Eubula. His father was an idolater, but his mother was a Christian from her ancestors. It was through her that he was instructed in piety, and still later, he was catechized in the Faith of Christ by Saint Hermolaus (see July 26) and baptized by him. Being proficient in the physician's vocation, he practiced it in a philanthropic manner, healing every illness more by the grace of Christ than by medicines. Thus, although his parents had named him Pantoleon ("in all things a lion"), because of the compassion he showed for the souls and bodies of all, he was worthily renamed Panteleimon, meaning "all-merciful." On one occasion, when he restored the sight of a certain blind man by calling on the Divine Name, he enlightened also the eyes of this man's soul to the knowledge of the truth. This also became the cause for the martyrdom of him who had been blind, since when he was asked by whom and in what manner his eyes had been opened, in imitation of that blind man of the Gospel he confessed with boldness both who the physician was and the manner of his healing. For this he was put to death immediately. Panteleimon was arrested also, and having endured many wounds, he was finally beheaded in the year 305, during the reign of Maximian. Saint Panteleimon is one of the Holy Unmercenaries, and is held in special honor among them, even as Saint George is among the Martyrs.
Apolytikion of Great Martyr Panteleimon Third Tone Panteleimon, saintly champion and healer, intercede with our merciful God to grant our souls remission of sins. Kontakion of Great Martyr Panteleimon Plagal of the First Tone O Champion and Martyr of God, imitating the Merciful and bearing from Him the grace of healing, cure our spiritual ills by your prayers, and set free from the temptation of the eternal enemy those who ceaselessly cry out, "Save us, O Lord."
********************************** RE-OPENING PHASE Guidelines From His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Metropolis Of Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia, USA
IMPORTANT: During This Re-Opening Phase, ALL Attendees Must Abide By The Following Guidelines
Prior registration is required to attend services.
Masks must be worn at all times by those age 2 and above except when receiving Holy Communion. Hands must be sanitized upon entry.
Before entering the church, the temperature of each person will be taken by a designated person. If the person’s temperature is above 100.4o F he or she will be kindly asked to return to their home, both for their safety and the safety of others.
You will be directed to your seating area by an usher and are asked to remain in that area for the duration of the service.
Honor is to be shown to Holy Icons and the Holy Cross by only doing your cross and bowing. Keep in mind not to kiss or to touch the Holy Icons and the Holy Cross.
Refrain from shaking hands or embracing others during the service.
Instructions for receiving Holy Communion and antidoron will be explained by the Clergy.
At the conclusion of the service, please exit and return to your vehicle without congregating.
Parishioners who have been sick with coronavirus should have the written medical doctor’s statement that they no longer test positive before they can return to in person worship services. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE BEFORE ENTERING THE CHURCH FACILITIES
By voluntarily entering this church facility:
• I affirm that I am not currently ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. • I acknowledge that while safety measures are being taken by the church, it cannot guarantee the safety of every person present. • I agree to abide by the social distancing and safety guidelines being practiced in this church. • I consent to hold the church harmless against any damages or claims regarding my voluntary presence here. If I am not able to agree to and affirm the above statements, I will not participate in this worship service in person and may choose to join online. ***********************************
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