Catholic liturgy

Bishop fined for blessing the waters seaside

Ieronymos, Metropolitan Bishop of Egio and Kalavryta, in the Peloponnese, proceeded to bless the waters at the town of Egio, defying the instructions of the official Church.

He was accompanied by his predecessor, Amvrosios, a well-known extremist, who resigned in 2019, and two individuals who dove to retrieve a cross the bishop threw at sea.

Churches hold Easter service with physical distancing rules

People maintain social distancing during an Easter service open for the public, as the Orthodox Easter was not celebrated by faithful in churches last April, because of a nationwide lockdown against the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Athens, Tuesday. [Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters]


Churches hold Easter services

Churches were last night to hold Easter Saturday services with congregations, which they had been unable to do in March due to the lockdown. 

Archbishop Ieronymos officiated over a service at Athens Cathedral from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., while thousands of Orthodox faithful gathered at churches around the country to sing hymns celebrating the Resurrection of Christ.