Greece to Celebrate Easter Divine Liturgy at Midnight May 26



The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church decided on Thursday that the last Divine Liturgy of the Resurrection on May 26, will be celebrated in a way that all the faithful can attend, provided that coronavirus restrictions are lifted by that time.

Greek churches are currently under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, but priests are still allowed to conduct liturgies; however, that occurs in mostly empty churches now.

Throughout Holy Week, which begins on April 13, all the many liturgies of that holiest time of the year will be conducted in empty churches.

Good Friday and the night of Holy Saturday are one of the most important and beautiful moments of Greek Orthodox Easter, especially at midnight when the priest chants “Christos Anesti” (Christ has risen) and the holy light is passed through the crowd, from candle to candle.

Millions of Greeks gather outside churches and small chapels throughout the country every year to celebrate the joyous and colorful event. This year, Greeks will be forced to mark the occasion at home.