The Challenge Liturgy Program

The Challenge [Liturgy] Program is a liturgy-centered program that invites disabled individuals, and their families, to participate in a monthly Divine Liturgy that is conducted in a supportive and accepting environment and in a manner that is appropriate to their needs. A Challenge Liturgy is held on the third Saturday of every month. . . .

It is a dynamic, growing program presently serving about fifty families, many coming from neighboring Queens/Long Island parishes. Participation by members of other parishes, including other Orthodox jurisdictions, is encouraged and transportation is provided, when needed. . . .

Read more at the website of the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church on Long Island which hosts the Liturgy: http://archangelmichaelchurch.org/challenge.htm

And, to access “A Divine Liturgy for Physically & Mentally Challenged
Orthodox Christians
,” the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s profile of the ministry, click here:

http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/outreach/ministryprofiles/challenge

In a 2004 issue of  the Orthodox Observer one of the parents commented,

 although these parishioners do not have perfect minds and bodies, they are perfect in spirit and love and have immeasurable value.

For a more in-depth profile of the ministry, go to http://www.goarch.org/resources/conferences/clc04/docs/parishmin.pdf

And apparently this Long Island Liturgical ministry has spawned an offspring in New Jersey in 2008: http://www.nj.goarch.org/docs/ChallengeLiturgy.pdf

Reprinted with revisions from December 2007

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