For the next three weeks St. John’s Cathedral Los Angeles will be suspending all services and events in response to the public health crisis presented by the coronavirus COVID-19. We are taking our cues from the guidelines set out by Mayor Eric Garcetti that postpones any city event expecting more than fifty attendees. This decision was reached in consultation with the Wardens and with the consent and blessing of our Bishop, John H. Taylor.
Sunday morning masses, Sunday night Compline, and both Tuesday and Wednesday evening services are canceled, along with our upcoming Lenten events Breaking Bread (03/19) and the Instructed Eucharist (03/21). It is our intent to return to regular services on Palm Sunday, April 5. Note: these plans are tentative, and will likely change with new developments in our understanding of the risk to public health.
In lieu of our regular services St. John’s will be streaming morning prayer on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. with organ, soloist, and sermon. You can tune into our Facebook page to watch this service, and you do not need to create a Facebook account to view this live stream. A bulletin will be prepared and sent out to our email list and posted along with that stream so we can participate in worship together.
The office will be closed during this time. The staff will continue to monitor the situation and address the operational needs of the parish in the most efficient and safe ways, while working remotely. We will all be active in the private Facebook group for parish members and through our work email and phone numbers. For the most prompt response please call our cell phones when necessary.
It is our mission to continue exploring ways to live into our communal life in this strange and difficult time. For the moment, that communal life must be mediated through technology in order to protect the most vulnerable among us.
Rev. Mark Kowalewski, Dean and Rector
Rev. Daniel Ade, Dean and Rector
Victor Eichhorn, Parish Administrator
O most mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succour. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.