Father George, priest of the church of St. Nicholas in Koukaki, seems determined to support his act of giving Holy Communion to the faithful on Palm Sunday, and explains that last Sunday the Divine Liturgy was celebrated behind closed doors as provided.
“I am at the disposal of the authorities, but what I did, I did following my priestly conscience. The Holy Communion is not forbidden and does not transmit diseases,” Father Georgios declares to protothema.gr.
In a post on social media, he emphasized that the Divine Liturgy was held behind closed doors, however “after the end of the Divine Liturgy there were some parents with their children knocking on the door and asking to receive the Holy Communion.
At that moment, following my priestly conscience, but also the long tradition of our Church, and being absolutely convinced that according to the decision of the Holy Synod and the statements of the Archbishop the Holy Communion is not forbidden for, it does not transmit diseases, but, on the contrary, transmits the body and blood of Christ that is our life, I certainly offered the Holy Communion to the children and their parents outside the door of the Holy Church urging them to keep a distance from each other, which was observed. I thought everything I did was absolutely legal and canonical, that is, according to the Holy Rules of the Church and the laws of the State.”