Empty churches due to pandemic, Orthodox Christians receive news of Christ’s Resurrection on balconies



Churches and temples in Macedonia, as well as around the world, had their Easter liturgies without the presence of the faithful. There were Easter services in all Orthodox churches, but they were broadcast live on television.

Orthodox believers celebrated this Easter at home, instead of the churches, because of the pandemic that devastated the world, as well as Macedonia. On Holy Saturday, only priests and reporters were present at the churches.

According to the priests, this Easter was unusual, but also strange without the faithful. They hope that this will be the first, but also the last year to celebrate the biggest Christian holiday in such an atmosphere.

“This year we are celebrating Easter, the biggest Orthodox Christian holiday, in an unusual way, without the faithful, but I believe that from next year, we will all celebrate it together, reunited in front of temples and churches,” said Father Sasko of the Cathedral in Skopje.

The faithful with candles in their hands, on their terraces, but also in the yards, celebrated the biggest Christian holiday Easter, at home, instead of church.

The churches on Sunday dawned empty, without the faithful, only with priests who still performed the act of walking around the church three times, according to the ancient custom.

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