This has been an Easter unlike any other. At a time when Greeks the world over would normally congregate in big numbers in their churches, they were, this year, forced to stay at home and watch the liturgies on their televisions and computers and then celebrate within the confines of their own homes.

In Athens, the Holy Flame arrived from Jerusalem and was greeted by officials from government and church. But it did not spread much further from the lantern in which it was contained as that would have breached the tough anti-Covid-19 regulations that have kept the virus at bay in Greece. To see images of the arrival of the flame go to:

The same regulations prevented Greek Orthodox believers from going to churches the world over to see in the Resurrection that is the key part of their faith. Instead, they lit their own candles in their own homes late on Saturday night to see in Easter.

The feast that followed was prepared on rooftops, balconies or in the back garden with just close family members in attendance.

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It may not have been what anyone wanted but Easter 2020 will long be remembered for what could not take place.

Celebrating the Divine Liturgy of Basil the Great on Holy Saturday morning at Greek Orthodox Parish Of The Presentation Of Our Lord in Coburg, Melbourne. PHOTO: FACEBOOK
The parish priest officiates during Holy Week at Presentation of Our Lady to the Temple North Balwyn Greek Orthodox Church. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A service during Holy Week at Presentation of Our Lady to the Temple North Balwyn Greek Orthodox Church. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

All quiet at the Holy Church of St Constantine and St Helen in Athens late on Saturday night. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
The cooking this Easter took place on braziers on the balconies of most homes and apartments, because of the measures to counter the spread of Covid-19. PHOTO: TATIANA BOLARI/ EUROKINISI
A man in Larissa turns the kokoretsi and lamb on Easter. PHOTO: EUROKINISI
People take a volta (stroll) on the promenade near Flisvos in Palaio Faliro, Pireaus while trying to maintain social distancing regulations. PHOTO: GIRGIOS KONTARINIS/EUROKINISI
An elderly homeless woman looking for a place for the night walks past a deserted square in Athens just before midnight on Easter. PHOTO: GIRGIOS KONTARINIS/EUROKINISI