The coronavirus pandemic and its implications have led churches around the world to find new methods of keeping in contact with their faithful, and one of these ways was revealed on Wednesday by Archbishop Elpidophoros.
The Greek Orthodox leader of the Church in the Americas posted a tweet asking the faithful to get in touch with the Church via the internet and let him know the names of those who currently are suffering with, or have succumbed to, the virus.
This will help the Archbishop to pray personally for all those who have been affected by this terrible pandemic.
”My beloved, please submit the names of your faithful who have passed and those ill due to COVID19,” Elpidophoros said in his address.
”I will be praying for them daily in the Chapel of St. Paul at the Archdiocese. May God comfort the sick and may the memories of those passed be eternal!” the Archbishop added.
All those who are interested may watch the Archbishop’s prayers, live-streamed by the Greek Orthodox of America’s website, at http://www.goarch.org, at just after noon each day.
It is noted that all Greek Orthodox churches in the United States and beyond are closed to the public, who are completely barred from attending any liturgies at this extraordinarily difficult time — which is also the holiest time of the year for Christians.
My beloved, please submit the names of your faithful who have passed and those ill due to #COVID19. I will be praying for them daily in the Chapel of St. Paul at the Archdiocese. May God comfort the sick & may the memories of those passed be eternal! https://t.co/4xTE92DtXh pic.twitter.com/eGtWh6Vklv
— Elpidophoros (@Elpidophoros) April 7, 2020