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Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

An Episcopal Church in the Anglo-Catholic Tradition Where All Are Welcome

Dear Friends,

We are open for Sunday and feast day public worship. Through Labor Day weekend we will have a single Sunday Solemn Mass at 10:00 A.M. Feast day services are as announced. We will continue to live stream all our solemn liturgies, and weekday services will continue on Zoom.

For in person worship, we no longer ask worshippers to leave their names for contract tracing purposes and we will not ask for proof of vaccination status. However, as an indoor venue in which people of various households mix and where the vaccination status of individuals is unknown, we will continue to observe certain restrictions. These guidelines are, of course, subject to change, and we will respond appropriately.

All worshippers, including children and regardless of vaccination status, must wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth at all times, except when consuming the Host at Holy Communion (see below). We have a supply of masks for those who do not bring their own.

We ask worshippers to sit in every other pew. Those who are vaccinated may sit together, otherwise we ask people of different households to maintain at least six feet distance.

At the Peace, those from different households are to greet each other with the sign of Peace in the form of a bow.

Holy Communion is offered at the altar rail. According to the Bishop’s directions, Holy Communion is offered only in the form of the Eucharistic Host placed into the Communicant’s hand.

We hope worshippers will join us after mass for Coffee Hour on 87th Street.

We expect that those with a fever, symptoms of a respiratory illness, or any other symptom of Covid-19, or a positive nasal Covid test will refrain from coming to church. Likewise we expect that those who know they have been exposed to Covid-19 within the last fourteen days will refrain from coming to church and get tested. I encourage each and every one of your to get a vaccination both for your own well being, and to protect others from illness and death.

We are grateful for the support you have been showing us throughout this period of the Covid-19 pandemic. At the Offertory the ushers will come through to receive your offerings. You may also make a contribution to the church using PayPal, accessed through the Donate button on the front page of our web site using your own mobile device. Thank you.

Your willingness to abide by our Covid guidelines over the past sixteen months has allowed us to worship together safely as a community. Thank you all for your continued cooperation.

Faithfully yours,

The Revd Dr Andrew C. Blume
Rector, Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church