The Church Services Open to 70 Attendees
All Liturgical services will continue to take place but are limited to 70 attendees until further notice. In order to return to celebrating religious services and sacraments in a dignified, safe, and healthy manner each parishioner and guest must read and abide by the Attending In-Person Services Directives Statement.
The Faithful may continue to participate by attending services through our live streaming broadcast posted on our YouTube Channel. Subscribe to our YouTube page to receive notifications for upcoming live services. Each service will be live and recorded for later viewing.
The church office is closed for in person business until further notice. Office Administrator, Katina Luvadis may be contacted by phone at 315-446-5222 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We recognize the heightened concern associated with COVID-19 and are diligently focused on ensuring the continued health and safety of all our parishioners. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide additional updates as they become available on this page. Please check back routinely.
July 23, 2020
Streaming Live on YouTube Only
Important Note: Live streaming will no longer be available on Facebook Live.
Live streaming will continue on YouTube only. This decision was made due to lower viewership on Facebook Live compared to YouTube with the return of in-person services and the associated cost to live stream on two platforms.
Here is the link:
July 10, 2020
Telephone Audio Only Stream &
June 17, 2020
ST. SOPHIA’S GREEK CULTURAL FESTIVAL POSTPONED TO 2021
Rescheduled for June 10-13, 2021
With the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Edition of St. Sophia's Greek Cultural Festival in Syracuse, N.Y. which was rescheduled to August13-16, 2020 back in April has been postponed until next year. The 2021 dates of the Greek Festival are Thursday, June 10-Sunday, June 13, 2021.
The Festival Planning Committee is saddened to announce this news, as many patrons look forward to attending this premier cultural event. “We had to make this difficult decision out of abundance of caution and for the safety and health of our volunteers and guests.” said St. Sophia's Greek Festival Committee Chairman Peter Lemoniades.
Your understanding and continued support are deeply appreciated. We eagerly hope to see all of you next summer in June 2021 to celebrate our 47th Annual Greek Festival.
Μείνε καλά (Stay Well),
The St. Sophia's Greek Cultural Festival Planning Committee
June 12, 2020
We are Open for Services!
Limited to 40 Attendees
June 6, 2020
We are Open Tomorrow!
Penecost Divine Liturgy
Limited to 40 Attendees
Reservations accepted starting at 7pm tonight
Just this afternoon we received clearance from state and county officials to allow a limited number of attendees to in-person religious services. This will allow 40 parishioners to attend the Penecost Divine Liturgy tomorrow, Sunday June 7th.
If you would like to attend the Penecost Liturgy, please note the following steps to make your reservation:
Review Policy Directives – It is important that you review the list of Policy Directives prior to making your reservation.
Make your Reservation – You must make a reservation to attend the Penecost Divine Liturgy tomorrow. No one will be admitted to the church without a reservation.
Use the link below to access the reservation system and book your reservation. The system opens for reservations at 7pm sharp tonight, Saturday June 6th. Once all 40 slots are filled the system will close.
Number of people for this reservation. When you make a reservation you will be asked to specify the number of people in your party. This is done through the pull-down menu that says “Select number of tickets” Note that you may only include people who live in your own household. Due to physical distancing requirements, no one from outside of your household may be included on the same booking. Note: if you have more than 6 individuals in your household, you will need to make a second reservation for the remaining people.
Every person counts. Note: All people (adults or children) must be counted as separate individuals when making the reservation. Please add the attendee's full name on each ticket.
Confirmation receipt. When you make a successful reservation, you will receive a confirmation email or text. This confirmation will specify the number of seats that you have booked.
Admission to the Church. What confirmation of your reservation will you need to bring to the church? Please bring one of the following: (1) a printed copy of your confirmation receipt, or (2) the confirmation email or text message on your cell phone or tablet. The ushers will have a name list of confirmed reservations, but may ask to view your receipt if there are any questions.
Cancellations. If you decide that you will not be attending the service after making a reservation, please cancel your reservation by emailing email@example.com. This will allow someone else to have the opportunity to attend the service.
Reservation Start Date & Time: The reservation system will open tonight, Saturday, June 6th at 7 PM. The reservation system will close after 40 reservations are filled.
Questions about the scheduling process? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
May 22, 2020
Reopening the Church Update
Soon we will be permitted to gather together in our beloved St Sophia's to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and to receive Holy Communion. But how we do this? We will prepare for that future day with caution, just like much else in our daily lives in this "new" world. We believe it will still be many weeks before in-person services are allowed, regardless of how quickly social distancing restrictions change.
We want to open the church, but obviously, we want to also ensure the health and safety of all our parishioners. To that end we have formed a working group which includes four physicians, Parish Council officers, and Father David. The group will set down the rules for church attendance, keeping in mind Federal, State and Local edicts along with guidance from the Archdiocese and the Metropolis of Detroit.
As soon as we are given clearance to reopen, we will send out a letter by regular mail and email as to the procedures that will be in place for attending services. The committee will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide additional updates as they become available.
May 22, 2020
Memorial Day Services
Monday, May 25th
Woodlawn and Oakwood Cemeteries
Father David will be performing services at two local cemeteries this Monday.
The schedule is as follows:
800 Grant Blvd.
Service at the Tent behind the Mausoleum
Woodlawn Safe Pray Way Protocol
1. Please wear masks and conform to 6 foot safe distancing guidelines.
940 Comstock Ave.
Drive-In Service (Remain in Car)
2. You must stay inside your car during the service. Please do not get out of your car, we have made a commitment to the cemetery staff that we will adhere to their strict safe distancing rules and this includes staying in our cars.
3. Everyone can listen to the service on the car radio, AM 1640 or you may watch it on Facebook Live. Please keep in mind that the radio signal only reaches within the confines of the cemetery.
4. After we're done praying, please exit the cemetery. If you want to drive around the block and back into the cemetery, that's fine, but the cemetery has asked that everyone exit the cemetery when the prayers are done. They want to avoid having everyone get out of their cars at the same time and place.
5. Again, this is the commitment we've made to the cemetery staff, please cooperate.
Deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 24th at 8pm. No names will be accepted on Monday, Memorial Day.
April 23, 2020
April 15, 2020
April 10, 2020
Submit Remembrance Names
April 9, 2020
Letter from Father David Explaining Changes to Holy Week & Pascha Schedule
Beloved in Christ:
I’ll start with this:
Be the Bee has a great video about the frustration we may be feeling regarding the quarantine dictates of the Archdiocese and Metropolis, you can view it HERE, or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5R-CLKxwEk&feature=youtu.be
(It’s a good video to watch upon seeing our Holy Week service schedule:)
Saturday, April 11 - Lazarus Saturday Orthros, 9 am and Divine Liturgy, 10 am
- Great Vespers, 6 pm
Sunday, April 12: - Palm Sunday Orthros, 9 am and Divine Liturgy, 10 am
- Bridegroom Orthros, 6 pm
Monday, April 13: - Holy Week meditation with Fr. David, 10 am
- Bridegroom Orthros, 6 pm
Tuesday, April 14: - Bible Study, 10 am (webinar and live-streamed)
- Bridegroom Orthros, 6 pm
Wednesday, April 15 … - Holy Week meditation with Fr. David, 10 am
Thursday, April 16 …… - Divine Liturgy, Institution of the Eucharist, 10 am
- 12 Passion Gospels, 6 pm
Friday, April 17: - Hours for Pascha, 10 am
- Vespers, 3 pm
- Epitafios, 6 pm
Saturday, April 18: - Protoanasasi Liturgy, 10 am
- Orthros for Pascha, 8 pm
Sunday, April 19: - Paschal Liturgy, 10 am
- I really want people who want Holy Unction to be able to attend the Unction Service. Since we don’t have to do it during Holy Week, I’m going to schedule it for later, when we can gather in the church.
- We’re not doing any Presanctified Liturgies; instead, I’ll do short meditations on the gospels of the day at 10 am, and the Bible study on Tuesday.
- We’re dividing the Orthros for Pascha (which ends with “Christos Anesti”), and the Paschal Liturgy. We’ll do the Orthros at 8 (to include as many people as possible), and the Liturgy the next day at 10am (normal Sunday time).
- I will take names for the Friday service - email (“email@example.com") or call me at 315-269-4940.
- Candles will be handled in the same way they’ve been handled for the last few weeks - buy them online and put the names there.
- Kids and others can follow the GOA “zine” for Holy Week HERE or at https://www.goarch.org/en/-/holy-week-zine
I sure wish this was different. This is the best we can do. Follow as much as you can, and look forward with me to the time when we can see each other’s faces again.
Yours in Christ,
March 26, 2020
Jesus Prayer Group &
Liturgical Services Streaming Live
on Facebook and
Now on YouTube
March 26, 2020
An Idea to Help our Parishioners
Beloved in Christ,
Let’s consider ways we can help each other during this crisis.
Many restaurants and businesses owned by our parishioners are facing perilous financial times, some totally closed and others with income and staff significantly curtailed.
There is one small way we might be able to help. Let’s assemble a list of restaurants and other businesses that are still open. Put your take-out shoes on!
Hard-working parishioners who own various businesses have always been generous supporters of St. Sophia’s over the years. So this is an opportunity for all of us to think how we might "give back" to them now.
To create this list, please send the names and contact information about any restaurant or business that you know of to the church email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The name of the business
- The address
- Hours of operation
- Phone number
We will compile a list and distribute it to our parish to encourage as many as possible to support them however possible.
March 21, 2020
Message from Father David Regarding Candles
Beloved in Christ,
You may remember my sermon on February 2, when I spoke about how important it is that we light a candle when we come to Church - we re-member the feast of the Presentation and the song of St. Simeon. I take this very seriously, and I know you do, too.
Now we’ve come to a time when we attend the divine services of the Church online, and therefore cannot light candles.Our solution is for you to purchase candles online, send me a list of names you want remembered, and make your donation online as well.
I will light an actual candle (this is NOT a “virtual candle” app), taper or vigil candle, and at the end of Orthros I will read the list of names. I’ll do this just before the Great Doxology.
This is our tradition, and this is a way that we can maintain that tradition even during this unusual period of virus-fighting.
Note: Candles may be purchased online at anytime during the week. Deadline for lighting and remembrance name recital during the Sunday Divine Liturgy Service is 7:30am of that morning.
March 21, 2020
Weekly Bulletin & Nepsis Publications
Stay Informed with our Online Sources
With the church's complex closed and the cancellation of all events, the Weekly Bulletin and Nepsis will not be published until further notice. To receive up to the minute church related announcements, please visit our enhanced website, sign-up for our email list, and follow us on all the social media platforms.
March 21, 2020
Online Bible Study
This Tuesday at 10am
Please join us this Tuesday at 10am for our Bible Study discussion. You may participate via videoconferencing or audio only. Here is how to join the virtual meeting:
Video/Audio Conference (on PC, iPad, Tablet, Smart Phone):
To join via Desktop, the PC must have a microphone and camera
Audio Conference Only:
Dial (351) 222-2275
Use conference code: 25624617#
March 20, 2020
Liturgical Services Streaming Live on Facebook
The Faithful should continue to participate by attending services through our live streaming broadcasts posted on Facebook. Each services will be live and recorded for later viewing.
Live streaming offerings for this week:
Access them on Facebook Video Here
Friday, March 20, 9 am: Presanctified Liturgy
Friday, March 20, 6 pm: Akathist Hymn
Saturday, March 21, 6 pm: Great Vespers (time change)
Sunday, March 22, 10 am Liturgy-Sunday of the Holy Cross (9 am Orthros)
Monday, March 23, 6 pm: Jesus Prayer group
Wednesday, March 25, 6 pm Presanctified Liturgy
Friday, March 27, 10 am: Presanctified Liturgy (time change)
Annunciation Liturgy on March 25: The Upstate NY GO priests will be gathering at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester to celebrate the Liturgy for this holy feast, 10 am.
We will be live-streamed at Link
Yes, Annunciation is streaming over YouTube rather than Facebook, and I’ve had some people ask for us to do that as well. I hope to have both platforms (Facebook and YouTube running at the same time) going with good sound and picture by Sunday morning, and I’ll send the YouTube link as soon as I figure out how to.
March 17, 2020
March 17, 2020
St. Sophia's Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
Fr. David makes an important announcement about St. Sophia's response to the Coronavirus crisis on Facebook Live on March 17th at 6:30pm.
March 14, 2020
All Sunday Evening Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers Are Cancelled
As per the directives from all Orthodox jurisdictions, we have cancelled the Sunday evening Vespers services for this year.
March 13, 2020
URGENT-Notice of Event Cancellations
ALL NON-LITURGICAL EVENTS THAT HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED THROUGH APRIL 5TH ARE CANCELLED OR POSTPONED
DIVINE LITURGY AND ALL OTHER LITURGICAL SERVICES REMAIN AS SCHEDULED
The following have all been cancelled
through and including April 5th:
Sunday Coffee Hours
GOYA, Jr. GOYA, JOY, YAL
Greek Dance Practices
Preschool Playdate-March 14th
Greek Festival Pita Making-March 14, 21, 28
AHEPA Meeting-March 14th
AHEPA Kafenio-March 14, 21, 28
Oratorical Festival-March 15th
Philoptochos Meeting-March 17th
Greek Independence Day Celebration-March 22nd
Greek Flag Raising at City Hall-March 25th
Ecumenical Councils Lecture-March 21st
BeeTreat Retreat-March 28th
General Assembly Meeting-April 5th
Please check with your ministries advisor or leaders if cancelled events will be rescheduled or when postponed events will resume.
Check back for further updates.
March 12th, 2020
We recognize the heightened concern associated with COVID-19 and are diligently focused on ensuring the continued health and safety of all our parishioners.
Until further notice, we ask that each parishioner follow the guidelines developed by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America based on the instructions of the US Center for Disease Control (CDC)
1.) The clergy will not offer their hands to be reverenced and will refrain from touching the faithful either through handshakes or an embrace.
2.) Do not kiss the icons or blessing cross. Honor shall be shown by only bowing.
3.) No books – Liturgical or Scriptural, will be kept in the pews. Parishioners are instructed to bring their own books from home.
4.) Sick individuals are not to attend any service or scheduled church function.
5.) After every service, all liturgical objects and surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned.
Please contact a parish council member if you have any questions or concerns. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide additional updates as they become available.