Damascus, SANA_ Christian denominations in Syria that follow the Western calendar on Sunday celebrated Easter (the resurrection of Jesus Christ) by holding prayers and masses in the presence of clergymen only .
The masses and prayers were performed in the absence of worshipers within the precautionary measures adopted by the government to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Prayers and masses were performed in churches across Syrian provinces.
Masses will be broadcast on the churches’ accounts on social media.
On Saturday evening, Archbishop of Damascus Diocese for the Armenian Orthodox Armash Nalbandian said that the Armenian Orthodox community in Damascus will celebrate Easter without the presence of worshipers and will broadcast the masses through social media in the presence of clergymen only because of the current extraordinary circumstances in the country aiming to maintain public safety and preventing further spread of Coronavirus.
In a statement to SANA, he affirmed the need to abide by the government’s anti-Coronavirus measures so as to guarantee the safety for all.
On his part, Father Lian Wihbeh, a priest in Sahnaya Parish residing in the Mariamite Church in Damascus said that the Patriarchate of Antioch and All East for Greek Orthodox will broadcast the prayer and masses which are to be held in the Mariamite Church and the Balamand Monastery in Lebanon on its official website.