Elliniko-Argyroupolis, Greece, April 8, 2020
In an effort to spread Paschal joy at a time when people are suffering and are forced to remain inside their houses, unable to go to church, and in an effort to prevent mass gatherings outside churches on the night of the Resurrection, one Greek mayor has determined to bring the light of God to every home.
Giannis Konstantatos, the mayor of Elliniko–Argyroupoli, a municipality in the South Athens regional unit in Attica, Greece, announced the plan on his Facebook page.
“The cohesion of our society is being tested like never before. Let us all come together as a family, with the common denominator of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, remembering that with His Resurrection, the Light of the world, Christ, won a victory over the forces of darkness,” the mayor writes.
“May the light of the Resurrection be the hope for a new beginning,” he continued. “Our events aims to strengthen us in the fight we’re all fighting by staying at home in order to break the chain of the pandemic.”
“We are a family in the municipality of Elliniko-Argyroupolis, and no one will be left alone in this crisis,” Konstantatos concluded.
As the mayor explained to ethnos.gr, all houses will be notified so that those who wish to do so, can leave a lantern outside their door, reports maleviziotis.gr.
A team of 400 volunteers with gloves and masks will receive the Holy Fire and spread it around the town.
According to Konstantatos, the plan was conceived with the blessing of the local hierarchs and priests and has been met enthusiastically by the locals.