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Greek Church Requests Coronavirus Exception to Conduct Liturgies Behind Closed Doors

The leadership of the Orthodox Christian Church of Greece requested an exemption from the coronavirus curfew measures in a letter sent to the Education & Religion Ministry officials on Thursday. Their request was submitted so that they could carry on...

Greek Orthodox Liturgies in Australia Suspended Amid Coronavirus Spread

The Greek Orthodox Church earlier in the week suspended all liturgies in Australia after mounting criticism over its refusal to stop serving parishioners Holy Communion. On Thursday, Australian Archbishop Makarios announced that all liturgies would cease following an order from...

Greek Orthodox Church Declares Coronavirus Not Transmitted by Communion

The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece issued a statement on Monday referring to the Covid19 coronavirus outbreak, maintaining that Holy Communion does not transmit the virus. The new, controversial statement comes after days of heated public debate...

Church of Greece Says Will Deny Funeral Services to the Cremated

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece issued a leaflet on Wednesday, in which it expresses its strong opposition to the practice of cremation as "contrary to the Church's principles, traditions and customs." The leaflet addressed ''To The People''...

Holy Saturday: The Last Day of Great and Holy Week

The last day of Great and Holy Week is Holy Saturday -- the day on which the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates Jesus’ burial and his descent into hell where he preached to all the dead. On this day, the Church reminds...

Holy Thursday in the Greek Orthodox Church

The liturgy of Holy Thursday in the Greek Orthodox Church is marked by two major events: the Last Supper of Christ with His disciples and the betrayal by Judas Iscariot. The Last Supper is the ultimate revelation of God’s redeeming...

Greek Orthodox Priest Receives Seniors Local Achievement Award

Father Nicolaos Zervas of St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Hamilton, received the 2019 NSW Seniors Local Achievement Award on Thursday. The 85-year-old Greek priest was recognized for four decades of service in the city. In 1993 he received an Order...

Epiphany: From Epirus, to Crete, the Blessing of the Waters

The Greek Orthodox feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th each year across the globe. This Epiphany, Greece found itself in the grip of freezing temperatures, but all the festivities, including diving for the cross, were still...

Greek-Australians Celebrate Epiphany in Melbourne

The Greek Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany is celebrated every January 6th across the globe. On Sunday, over twenty Greek-Australian boys and men participated in the dive to fetch the cross tossed into the warm waters by Bishop Ezekielat...

Greek Orthodox Church Remembers the 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia

On December 28, the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the death of the Holy 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia who were burned to death at the order of the Roman Emperor in the year 303. At the turn of the fourth century,...