Makarios, the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia, issued an encyclical statement on Monday in regard to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
”What we must emphasize is that according to scientists, the transmission of the virus occurs when we are in close contact with a person who is infected. Therefore, when someone is in Church, even if they have not received Holy Communion, they are in serious danger of contracting the disease and, at the same time, of transmitting this virus to their close family members as well as to other people around them,” the Archbishop said.
The statement went on to advise the faithful that they should therefore not attend services.
”For this reason, we advise our faithful, during this critical time, not to attend any events where many people gather, including church services. This measure ensures that the entire community remains safe and protected.
“This guideline is directed to all people; to those who are older and those who are younger and particularly to vulnerable groups of people who constitute a significant portion of our churchgoers,” the encyclical noted.
”I am certain that all of us will increase our prayers to God so that a cure can be quickly found for this trial that has beset our planet,” the Archbishop concluded.