Greek faithful protest closing of churches at Synodal headquarters in Athens

Athens, May 12, 2020


The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece is scheduled to meet today, ahead of the reopening of churches for liturgical worship with parishioners on Sunday.

The hierarchs are expected to discuss continuing sanitary guidelines and precautions after the churches reopen. The Holy Synod’s administrative services, along with those of metropolises throughout the country, reopened on Monday, reports the Orthodoxia News Agency.

And while the churches already reopened for individual prayers last week, a group of faithful gathered outside the Synodal headquarters in Athens today, voicing their dissatisfaction that the churches had been closed at all.

The small group of believers shouted slogans such as, “Shepherds, tell us who you serve,” “We are not afraid of a virus, only God,” “Open the churches now,” and “No more obedience. It’s criminal,” report Romfea and the Orthodoxia News Agency.

They also protested against the decisions of the state, shouting, “Mitsotakis [the Greek Prime Minister—Ed.], you closed the churches and left the world without Divine Liturgies.”

The group of dissatisfied faithful eventually peacefully dispersed.

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慕容飞羽(China)5/16/2020 3:19 pm
They'd better stay at home,and not to bother others. This is a special period, protest cannot solve problems, and cannot dispel the plague either. We as Christian need to pray for the world, may lord save us from the virus.
Menas 5/12/2020 3:25 pm
Good for the faithful doing this! Hopefully they did something similar when Archbishop Ieronimos decided to recognize the Ukrainian schismatic
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