Media reported that the Church of Greece moved the Passover because of the coronavirus, but it is not

СМИ сообщили, что Элладская церковь перенесла Пасху из-за коронавируса, но это не так

The Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church took the decision to postpone the Liturgy for the leave-taking of Easter, from daytime to night.

In the Ukrainian media on 2 April there were messages that in connection with the spread of the coronavirus, the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church took the decision to postpone the celebration of Easter-2020 on may 27.

This is allegedly due to an unprecedented quarantine measures imposed by the Greek government because of the threat of a pandemic coronavirus.

It was also reported that the Greek Orthodox Church urged the faithful to stay home until April 11.

Member of the Holy Synod ptsu Archbishop of Ternopil and Kremenets Nestor comments LB.ua reported that in fact, the Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church took the decision to postpone the Liturgy for the leave-taking of Easter, from daytime to night, so that people at least thus had the opportunity to visit the worship that takes place in the Passover rite.

Leavetaking of Pascha takes place on Wednesday 6th week after Easter. This day ends the forty-day celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, and the believers of the last times greet each other with “Christ is Risen!”

The feast of the Resurrection, said the Archbishop ptsu, it is impossible to move, since the principle of calculation installed on 1-m Ecumenical Council.

Archbishop yevstratii (Zoria), commenting on the message about the postponement of the celebration of Easter in Greece also noted that “the Passover nobody else can”, and we are talking about moving Easter service.

“Service of Holy Week and Easter will be made, but in terms of quarantine, which in Greece are quite severe, that will not allow believers to personally take part in them. And to those who will be able to join in prayer only through the stream, don’t feel left out – for them the Church of Greece and notes that in may (may 27 – ed.) the old fashioned way again hold an Easter service, but the public,” wrote Bishop on Facebook.

Note that the feast of the Resurrection (Easter) Christians of the Eastern rite (Orthodox) in 2020 is celebrated on April 19.

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