The decision was made unanimously by the Standing Holy Synod regarding the operation of the churches at Easter after the recommendation by Archbishop Ieronymos, as Metropolitan Ignatios Dimitrias and Almyros said.
Speaking with SKAI television, the Metropolitan spoke of a mature decision.
“It is not the maximum, but it is the greatest good that justifies the national effort we all make,” said the Metropolitan of Dimitrias.
The Metropolitan expressed confidence that the Church would persuade the faithful to do what they need to do. “Don’t think it’s easy to convince everyone. There are those who go to the beach and some who go to the church. I understand them,” said Metropolitan Ignatios.
“I tell them it’s the supreme state of fraternal love,” he said.
Asked about the Holy Communion, he said that as long as the churches’ doors are closed, the Holy Communion will not be offered, “but this does not mean that the Divine Communion can transmit any disease.”
“In May we will all receive the Holy Communion,” the Metropolitan said, adding that this decision would, at least, give priests the opportunity to be in the temple and the faithful to know that the priest is praying for everyone.
Regarding the Resurrection celebration on May 26, he said that it is provided for according to the ritual of the Church.
“It’s exactly the same liturgy as the one observed at Easter. Let’s celebrate Easter just like every year,” said Metropolitan Ignatios.
Regarding the Holy Light, he hoped that it would arrive in Greece, but this should be done in compliance with safety rules. It will also be considered how it can be transferred from house to house.
“Even if it is in Greece. It is comforting to keep a tradition that connects us with Jerusalem,” he noted.