Metropolitan Klimis of Peristeri sent a clear message in every direction at the Church of the Annunciation of the Theotokos in Peristeri and called on the faithful to “receive Holy Communion without fear.”
The Metropolitan of Peristeri, who presided over the Service of the Rejoicings to the Theotokos (Chairetismoi ) on the first Friday of Great Lent, stressed that the Holy Communion was the body and blood of Christ and, therefore, it could not contract any disease.
Moreover, after reading the encyclical of the Holy Synod on coronavirus, he referred to Infectious Diseases Specialist Eleni Giamarellou. In particular, the Metropolitan said, “The Holy Communion is life. It is a miracle. It is a blasphemy to believe that the virus can be transmitted by receiving Holy Communion” and then he urged the faithful to do it without fear. “Anyone who does not believe in the presence of Jesus Christ in Holy Communion must not receive Holy Communion,” he concluded.