In the last few days, a photo has been circulating on the internet that shows an announcement by a priest from the Parish of Agios Andreas in Kato Patisia.
The announcement is signed by Father Athanasios, who has been in the same parish for about 20 years.
On November 26, 2020, St. Stylianos Day, Father Athanasios found himself in a situation which made him write a proclamation and stick it at the entrance of the church.
“Unfortunately, the doors of the church will remain closed, since there have been cases of believers who refused our suggestions.” “Our temple will remain closed at all costs, to open our hearts to true faith based on love and obedience.” the announcement concludes.
The attitude of the Priest differs from those often expressed by people in the Church. Father Athanasios spoke to Newsbomb.gr, for the reasons he decided to make this announcement but mainly cbecause it differs from some clergy in the attitude of the faithful in the churches in the midst of a coronavirus.
After the Divine Liturgy, the faithful insisted that the doors of the temple be opened to come in and pray. The entrance finally opened and the faithful entered and most followed the instructions to the letter, but not all, the priest explained.
“With this announcementI did not address those who verbally attacked me when I told them that they did not need to show their faith. “When I wrote it I did not imagine it would make such a big impression,” he said.
“He is no more faithful, a man who enters the Church without a mask than someone else who pays attention and does not kiss the images” stressed the father.
«Faith without love does not exist according to the words of the Bible “
“We must protect our fellow man, this is love” said o father Athanasios and added “Our real visit to a patient now is the protection we will offer him generously” he said.
The church it does not abolish Nature, it sanctifies it. It does not negate the disease. The people are subject to wear and tear. This should make us protect them. Life is a precious gift from God and we must move out of love even if we sacrifice major issues.
Regarding Holy Communion, Father Athanasios noted “The water is more valuable than the pipeHe said characteristically and added “the way Eucharistic transmission is not everything».
Asked about that enoughPriests claim that the coronavirus does not spread in the church he said «these are outrageous things. If he becomes one catastrophic earthquake, will not the temple fall?» and he brought us an example “I found myself in a while ago a church where my grandfather told me that believers do not need to wear a mask. I reminded him that when one a young man had the flu asked him to leave the church, so as not to stick to them. That is, does the coronavirus not spread in the church while the flu does? These are crazy things. “ concluded.
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