Church of Greece announces Easter services behind closed doors
The Church of Greece will hold liturgies during Easter Week behind closed doors, it said on Wednesday, and called on the public to observe coronavirus restrictions, staying home and praying more, in order to protect their fellow beings.
The Holy Synod, which met under the leadership of Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece online through the e:Presence.gov.gr state platform, welcomed a proposal by Education and Religions Minister Niki Kerameus on March 30 that the liturgies at churches and monasteries could be carried out during Easter behind closed doors.
“All must obey to the letter the directions of health authorities and special scientists, and not be carried away by those promoting disobedience, which under the present circumstances is inexcusable, even in the name of the Christian faith,” the Holy Synod said in its announcement.
Calling the decision part of “unprecedented circumstances” of staying away from churches and from communion, it advised, instead, the faithful to pray more, turn themselves into altars and “sacrifice your presence in the holy church and your attendance of holy communion on behalf of all your brothers and sisters, who are God’s living altars.”
According to the decision Easter liturgy will be celebrated at midnight on Tuesday, May 26.
You may be interested
Bekatorou to testify on Wednesday to prosecutorPanos - Jan 19, 2021
Veteran Olympic champion Sophia Bekatorou was summoned to testify before prosecutor Sotiria Papageorgakopoulou on Wednesday, after she reported that she…
PM Mitsotakis gets second dose of vaccine against coronavirusPanos - Jan 19, 2021
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday got the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Attiko hospital in Athens. Professor…
Cavusoglu openly threatens Greece with war in front of German Foreign Ministermakis - Jan 18, 2021
Greece and Turkey might have agreed to sit at the table for exploratory talks at the end of January, but…