Metropolitan Maximus of John urged believers to reserve places to visit the church on Christmas Day.
He invited them to go to church after a preliminary phone call to find a place and ask for the time of the church service. A circular issued yesterday states that “only the expected number of believers will enter the church and have secured their participation through telephone reservations.” The Metropolitan refers to the need to comply with the measures related to the spread of the coronavirus: “This is the only way to avoid unrest and misunderstandings.” He also encourages all believers to:
“If someone feels chills, runny nose, cough, fever and other signs of illness, then it is better to stay at home so as not to endanger yourself or your fellows. This should be done with care, spirit, responsibility and sacrificial love. “
In the circular, Mr. Maximos, as reported by ekklisiaonline.gr, sincerely thanks all clergy and laity for their responsible attitude during the pandemic and asks:
“Everyone should wear a mask, keep distance and the allowed number of believers. No complaints or reactions to keep all our brothers healthy. With humility, obedience, attention and love to each of our brothers. “
The pandemic has made its own adjustments in all areas of our lives. This is not the first time that Metropolitan Ioanninsky asks believers to make a reservation by phone before visiting churches – this was the case last year on the day of the Baptism of the Lord.