A Letter from The Very Rev. Aidan Smith Regarding Holy Week and Easter

March 18, 2021

Dear friends,

            I pray this note finds you and your family safe and healthy. Please know that you have been deeply missed these past months and we look forward to seeing you at the Cathedral again very soon.

            We stopped regularly gathering for public worship just over a year ago. Like now, it was the middle of Lent. Honestly, it’s seemed like last year’s Lenten season never ended. We started “giving things up” for Lent and never stopped losing the things we cared about most. Some lost jobs and financial security. Others lost friends and family members. Many lost their lives; many more lost their health.  All of us lost autonomy and the gift of social interaction. If this year taught us anything, it was the value of these things that we “gave up,” the value of what really matters in life. It taught us the value of life.  Friends, it has been a difficult, yearlong, Lenten season. But, Lent is meant to prepare us for Eastertide and Easter is coming.  It is coming very soon.

            I am excited to inform you that Trinity Cathedral will be reopening for public worship for Holy Week and Easter services this year. Our first public service will be on Palm Sunday, March 28th, at 10:30am. (Please see the published schedule for the rest of our Holy Week and Easter services. Note that on both Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday there is only one scheduled service at 10:30. The regular Sunday schedule will resume April 11th.) On Easter Morning, we will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ with a Confirmation and Reception Holy Eucharist service led by the Rt. Rev. Dorsey McConnell. We sincerely hope that you can join us.   

            Please only return to public worship as you are able and when you feel comfortable doing so. Some of us may not feel that it is safe to gather together at this time.  That is completely understandable. Come back when you are ready.  We all know that the pandemic is not over, and it is important that we remain cautious. The Cathedral will continue to offer services online and we encourage you to use those resources. For those who will return this month, please take proper precautions and comply with all protocols set forth by the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, the State of Pennsylvania, and local health officials. Specifically, we ask that you maintain appropriate social distancing, wash those hands, and wear a mask while in the building. If we all take care of one another, then we can turn the page on this pandemic.

            As always, if you need anything or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or one of the other Cathedral clergy members or staff.  We are here to serve you.

Sincerely,

The Very Rev. Aidan Smith

Trinity Cathedral, Dean