The Holy Synod will demand from the government the unhindered presence of believers at the services on Holy Week.
The work of the Holy Synod of the Greek Church, which began yesterday morning via teleconference, is considered extremely important due to the measures to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. However, distancing causes some objective difficulties, especially when it comes to discussing topical issues of concern to the church.
One of them is the opening of holy churches on the eve of Easter. The state, of course, showed understanding from the very beginning of Great Lent and allowed believers to participate in the holidays
According to the information, the opening of churches was one of the main issues raised by Archbishop Jerome during his meeting a few days ago with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Mr. Jeronimos seems to have insisted that believers should be allowed to take part in the Holy Week worship.
The priest highlighted in detail the problems and difficulties that had arisen, and also spoke about the measures that need to be taken in order for the churches to function with the physical participation of people.
As stated, the government will keep the quarantine measures in place until Holy Week. And only then, provided that there is no sharp increase in the number of cases of COVID-19, believers will be allowed to participate in the celebrations of Easter.
Is it worth keeping churches closed on the biggest Orthodox holiday, but opening everything in a few days to start the tourist season ?!
In the end, the high priests have already made their position clear, noting that this is a very serious matter and that their patience is running out. The official announcement of the work of churches and temples on the pre-holiday days is expected after the end of the teleconference of the Holy Synod with the country’s authorities (no later than Thursday).