Tomorrow January 6th, Epiphany. How will the rite of consecration of waters take place in the era of a pandemic, and what kind of mask should believers wear?
The Holy Synod keeps in the background and did not issue its own circular outlining specific measures on the day of Epiphany, but it sent out to all dioceses the appropriate instructions with recommended measures.
The cross, as usual, will be thrown into the waters tomorrow, on the day of Epiphany, which will be celebrated with special precautions. Protection against coronavirus will be applied inside and outside the temples – the use of a mask and respect for distances.
Government spokesman Giannis Ikonoma was asked how the Epiphany will be celebrated, to which he replied: “There are already concrete measures that are being carried out inside and outside the temples. Believers can visit the temples by taking an express test. For the ceremony of consecrating the waters outside, it is recommended to maintain distance (1.5 m) with the obligatory use of a double mask or a mask of enhanced protection. “
Control in churches is a mystery
The problem, however, lies in the attendance of believers in churches, pandemonium is expected, which is unacceptable in the midst of a pandemic and the lightning-fast spread of the Omicron strain. The church itself is responsible for monitoring the availability of certificates, certificates and tests required to enter the temple, and the observance of measures in open areas when the religious rite of consecration of waters takes place.