Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announced that each Metropolitan will be responsible for the reopening of His local parishes which closed due to the coronavirus, in accordance with local health and public safety mandates.

The announcement was made after a videoconference of the Holy Eparchial Synod convened by Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.

“During the meeting, the Hierarchs expressed solidarity and empathy for the pain and loss felt by the Faithful of late, especially the loss of a traditional Holy Week and Pascha,” it said.

“Noting the importance of recommencing with Holy Communion, each Hierarch will make determinations for parishes in accordance with local guidelines for social distancing, preparation of the churches and attendant facilities, and any and all best practices for the local clergy to observe.”

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros commented that: “We are all deeply concerned, not only for the health of our Faithful, but for their morale and their spiritual life. We know that re-opening the Churches with attention to nuance of the facts on the ground is the best way to proceed. As Shepherds of our flocks, we are committed to reopening, and with an abiding sense of responsibility for the spiritual health of the Faithful.”