Athens, April 21, 2021
Last year, churches and monasteries throughout Greece were closed throughout all of Holy Week and Pascha, and the public celebration of Pascha was delayed until the leavetaking of the feast in late May.
This year, churches will be open and the faithful will be able to attend. However, according to the unanimous decision of the Holy Synod of the Greek Church, Paschal services will begin a few hours early due to the government-mandated public curfew.
After its teleconference yesterday, the Holy Synod announced earlier times for services to be held throughout Holy Week as well, reports Romfea.
“Wishing the best pastoral service for the faithful, who should in no way be deprived of participation in the joy of the Resurrection,” the hierarchs “decided unanimously using the economy of the Church, as shown in its rich tradition, to adjust the time of the Resurrection service to 9:00 PM on Holy Saturday.”
The service will begin in the church courtyards and move indoors for the Paschal Liturgy.
Other restrictions remain in force: one person per 25 square meters, and no more than 100 parishioners per cathedral, regardless of size.