Coronavirus Prompts Archbishop Elpidophoros to Announce New Measures

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, California. File photo

Elpidophoros, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, issued a new statement on Monday afternoon regarding the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic that has been changing lives for billions of people across the globe.

The first new measure announced is that beginning March 17, the Archdiocesan Headquarters in New York City (which also serves as the residence of the Archbishop) will close, and all employees will begin working from their homes.

”The Archbishop, out of an abundance of caution for the health of his flock and the public, and especially because New York City has become a ‘hot zone’ of the Covid-19 pandemic, is canceling his public schedule effective immediately. In addition, all scheduled ordinations will be restricted to family members only,” the Archbishop’s statement said.

The Archdiocese also urged the flock to ”pray from their homes and participate in these services through Internet broadcasts and multimedia.”

”As Christians, we must take responsibility for the well-being of others. We can be united in the spirit even as we are apart in the body,” the Archbishop noted in his Monday announcement.