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Greek Church Slams "Neurotic" Focus on Holy Communion

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece said on Monday that members of the media who allege that the coronavirus can be spread via Communion are "neurotic." In a statement issued after the death over the weekend of Ioannis,...

New Hampshire Warns Greek Orthodox Clergy to Cease Communion After Coronavirus Outbreak

After reopening this Spring, Greek Orthodox worshipers have been receiving Communion as usual in their parish churches, hoping against hope that they would not be infected with the coronavirus by reception of the Mysteries. However, an outbreak did occur, at...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: Coronavirus Not Transmitted by Holy Communion

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Sunday expressed his view that there is no danger of becoming infected by the coronavirus from receiving Holy Communion. The Patriarch, whose seat is in the Phanar in Istanbul, Turkey, officiated at the Divine Liturgy celebrated...

Does a Spoon Constitute a Spiritual and Ecclesiastical Crisis?

By Archon Elias Damianakis* Have we lost our minds or simply succumbed to the idolatry of sentimentalism? “I’m an old woman; all I had was going to the church,” said Dimitra, a 79-year-old in Greece, “But I’m afraid.” Have we lost our...

Catholic Church Changes Holy Communion Procedure

Thousands of Orthodox faithful flocked to churches on Sunday following their opening after two months of lockdown because of the coronavirus threat. Lines for Holy Communion, which is shared by the same spoon, stretched out the door as Orthodox Christians...

Germany Says No to Greek Orthodox Holy Communion Over Coronavirus Fears

The German government has decided to ban Holy Communion in the form it is given to Orthodox Christians in fear that it is conducive to the spread of coronavirus and endangers public health. Even though the Divine Liturgy in Orthodox...

Greek Orthodox Church Drags Its Feet in the Age of Coronavirus

As Kuwait authorities have temporarily closed mosques and changed the Muslim call to prayer to deal with the spread of coronavirus, the Greek Orthodox Church is refusing to take drastic steps as at least 190 cases and three fatalities...