The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain announced on Saturday that all its churches will close across the country.
This comes as a result of the new national lockdown imposed in England and the rest of the nations of the United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 5.
Following the extremely dangerous increase in COVID-19 cases and the “Major Incident” declaration by the Mayor of London, the Greek Orthodox Church of the UK decided to tighten its own measures to protect the Christian flock.
The Announcement of the Greek Orthodox Church of Britain
”After prayerful and careful consideration and in consultation with Clergy, medical professionals and lay leadership of the Archdiocese, His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain has decided that all the Churches of the Archdiocese will close for public worship, beginning Saturday, 9 January, 2021, following the same policy enacted during the 1st National Lockdown in March 2020,” the Archdiocese announced.
”This measure is enacted to preserve human life and to help in stopping the spread of Coronavirus. Only the Clergy, one Chanter, and the Church verger will be allowed in the Church for the Divine Services.
“At other times, Churches may open for private prayer with the understanding that only one person (or one family bubble) may enter the Church and pray; Church Trustees and Wardens are instructed to adhere to these guidelines without making exceptions. At the proper time, an announcement will be made, as to when the Churches will open for public worship,” the dramatic announcement added.
The Greek Orthodox Church of Britain asked its followers to pray and ask God to send His healing grace upon the world and to be obedient to the Church, government regulations, and medical professionals.