The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Archbishop Chrysostomos concluded that it is the responsibility of the Church to decide in which churches the Holy Week Services, the Anastasis service and the Divine Liturgy on Easter Sunday will be held.
During yesterday’s meeting, the President of the Republic informed the Archbishop of the new measures decided by the Council of Ministers to address the pandemic of the coronavirus.
The government also said in a statement that “regarding the performance of sevices during Holy Week and Easter, there has been a common position that it is the responsibility of the Church to decide in which churches there will be services. However, the services must be held, wherever this is, without the presence of believers, while at the same time all the relevant measures will be observed.”
The written statement of the government spokesman concluded, “The President of the Republic and the Primate of the Church of Cyprus have expressed mutual understanding that the decision to resume the Anastasis service at a later time and when circumstances allow, for the faithful who wish to be able to attend, is the sole responsibility of the Church.”