Education and Religions Minister Niki Kerameus announced that the liturgies at churches and monasteries could be carried out during Easter behind closed doors.
The decision comes after a recent request by of Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece to the Ministry.
Archbishop Ieronymos said that although services will be performed, the public was encouraged to stay home and continue praying, in order to protect their fellow beings.
The Holy Synod, which met under the leadership of Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece online through the e:Presence.gov.gr state platform, welcomed the proposal by Education and Religions Minister Niki Kerameus on March 30.
“All must obey to the letter the directions of health authorities and special scientists, and not be carried away by those promoting disobedience, which under the present circumstances is inexcusable, even in the name of the Christian faith,” the Holy Synod said in its announcement.
Calling the decision part of “unprecedented circumstances” of staying away from churches and from communion, it advised, instead, the faithful to pray more, turn themselves into altars and “sacrifice your presence in the holy church and your attendance of Holy Communion on behalf of all your brothers and sisters, who are God’s living altars.”