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COVID-19 Update - Resumption of Liturgy July 12, 2020

posted Mar 18, 2020, 5:30 PM by John Banas   [ updated Sep 7, 2020, 2:52 PM ]

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We pray everyone is safe and healthy, by God's grace, during this difficult time of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Savas and our Metropolis of Pittsburgh, the church is now reopen each Sunday for Orthros and Divine Liturgy.  We are following CDC guidelines for churches and the directives Metropolitan Savas has provided us to help keep everyone as safe as possible.

As we as a Parish are preparing for a gradual reopening of church services and parish activities, we are working with our Metropolitan Savas and our Metropolis of Pittsburgh to follow CDC guidelines for churches and the directives Metropolitan Savas has provided us with to help keep everyone as safe as possible.


We are attaching the Metropolis of Pittsburgh's publication The Road Ahead which outlines the temporary guidelines we are following as we resume church services. 

First, if you have any signs or symptoms of any acute illness (whether it is COVID or not), you MUST stay home, as should those who have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID within the last 2 weeks.



At this time, we are permitted to serve Divine Liturgy with up to 50% capacity in the church, everyone wearing masks and social distancing.  Pews and carpets will be marked to help maintain 6 feet social distancing.  Once you arrive at church, someone from the parish council will help you to your seat. Family groups may sit together, but must remain 6 feet social distancing from everyone else.   



Our Orthodox Christian faith and worship remain unchanged at their core, including our teaching on the sanctity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ "for the remission of sins and life eternal."  As stated by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, "The Mother Church of Constantinople knows empirically from its two-thousand-year existence that Holy Communion is 'the antidote to mortality' and remains firm in its Orthodox teaching regarding the Holy Eucharist."  As such, parishes are permitted to return to their customary parish practice of distributing and receiving the Holy Gifts.  Please form a line following the directions of the parish council and observing 6ft distancing.  Those who are prepared to receive must remove their mask prior to approaching the chalice.  After receiving Holy Communion but before replacing the mask they should proceed to the Antidoron tray to consume a piece of bread to ensure the Holy Gifts are not expelled onto the mask.


After Divine Liturgy, everyone is asked to head to the back of the church and take antidoro, if they wish, while maintaining social distancing and immediately leave the church. No trays will be passed out. Please drop off your stewardship in a tray as you exit the church.   

Coffee hour is suspended until further notice. 



Kollyva is permitted if pre-bagged and left at the back of the church for parishioners to take.  

The church will be cleaned and sanitized after every Divine Liturgy.

It is recommended that parishioners 65 years of age and over, those with health issues and those living in long-term care facilities not attend church services but watch online or by other means during this initial yellow phase.  

We are working on implementing a live stream of all of our church services.


We pray the remainder of the pandemic is of short duration. We will keep you informed of further developments.


In the Risen Christ,


The Parish Council of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Wilkes-Barre

Helpful links during COVID-19:

Church Facebook Page

posted May 30, 2015, 6:56 PM by Dina Banas

Our parish now has a Facebook page, from which we will share information about all aspects of church life, parish activities, and event photos.
To access the page, please visit .
Please note that you do not need to have a Facebook account to view our page.

Fall Mini Greek Food Festival

posted Apr 25, 2015, 5:25 PM by John Banas   [ updated Sep 7, 2020, 2:51 PM ]

Mark your calendars!  
The church will be holding a Fall Mini Greek Food Festival from Thursday, October 1st to Friday, October 2nd from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily!
This mini festival will be take-out only and will take place outside of the church entrance on 32 East Ross Street in Wilkes-Barre.
Pre-orders are required at least two hours in advance of pick-up.  The festival will feature a limited menu and COVID-19 safety guidelines in place.
For more information, the festival menu, and to order online, visit

Iconography Restoration Project

posted Mar 10, 2015, 11:45 AM by John Banas   [ updated Dec 10, 2017, 1:34 PM ]

The church is currently undergoing an icon restoration project to revitalize our Iconostasis.  We are also adding several new icons in the church.  For photos of the project so far, please click here.

In addition, the church is still accepting donations for new icons.  Please contact the Christina Stelmack by calling (570) 417-4465 or by e-mailing for more information.

Stewardship for 2020

posted Dec 19, 2014, 3:43 PM by John Banas   [ updated Dec 27, 2019, 8:17 AM ]

Please visit the church Web site to view the updated stewardship information for 2020. This year's stewardship theme, requirements, and form have been added to the church Web site on the "Stewardship" page (

The continuation of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre is dependent on the will of our parishioners.  The stewardship program provides parishioners with the opportunity to support the church according to each person's specific circumstances and financial status.  Thank you in advance for all your support of the continued operations of the parish.


posted May 15, 2013, 3:19 PM by John Banas   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 6:45 PM ]

The AHEPA Black Diamond Chapter #55 of Wilkes-Barre, PA is currently seeking new members.
The mission of the AHEPA Family is to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence
Any adult males interested in joining are asked to see Bill Anagnos, chapter president, or e-mail 
More information about the organization is available at 

Church Records

posted Jan 21, 2013, 2:04 PM by John Banas

The parish council and Fr. Gabriel are currently working to re-organize the church’s records of baptismal, wedding, and funeral certificates. At this time, if anybody in the parish is missing a certificate, please see a member of the parish council to resolve the problem.

Fellowship Coffee Hour

posted Jan 21, 2013, 2:04 PM by John Banas   [ updated Aug 2, 2019, 5:15 PM ]

The church is currently seeking coffee hour donations.  We encourage parishioners to donate coffee hour in when they are celebrating a name day or birthday or when they are commemorating the death of a loved one, but we also are seeking general weekly donations.  We strongly encourage everybody in the parish to donate coffee hour at least one time during the summer season.  Please sign-up at the church, contact a parish council member, or e-mail to reserve your date.  

Visitation for Holy Communion

posted Dec 28, 2012, 9:30 AM by John Banas

If someone who is unable to attend church to receive Holy Communion would like to arrange a visit with Fr. Gabriel, please contact a member of the parish council.

Church E-Mail Address List

posted Jun 22, 2011, 10:51 AM by John Banas   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 6:46 PM ]

Join the parish e-mail address list in order to receive church newsletters, bulletins, and news updates. To become a member of the list, send an e-mail to  with the subject “Subscribe to Parish E-mail List.” Please include your name in the body of the e-mail.

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