For the first time in modern history, Greek Orthodox church-goers will be ‘attending’ the liturgy via social media.

The congregation will no longer… congregate amidst coronavirus fears, taking the holy worship online.

Following Archbishop Makarios’ announcement that public worship is suspended indefinitely, the churches of Australia decided to take to Facebook Live to continue providing their faithful with a much needed faith boost.

“What we must emphasise is that according to scientists, the transmission of the virus occurs when we are in close contact with a person who is infected. Therefore, when someone is in Church, even if they have not received Holy Communion, they are in serious danger of contracting the disease and, at the same time, of transmitting this virus to their close family members as well as to other people around them,” the Archbishop said.

“All the liturgies and procedures will continue as usual, carried out by the priest and a member of the choir. Other procedures and funerals will be carried out in a strictly close family environment,” he added.

Since Friday night, churches accross Australia have been live-streaming liturgies and saving the videos on their pages for people to watch at a later time.

You can click on the links below to connect:

Evangelismos, West Perth – Greek Orthodox Community of Western Australia

Holy Monastery of Saint Nectarios Croydon Park, Adelaide, South Australia

Saints Constantine and Helene Church, Perth, Western Australia

Archdiocesan District of Perth, Western Australia

Saints Constantine and Helene Church, Perth, Western Australia

St Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church St Albans

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australian – District of Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria

St Haralambos Greek Orthodox Parish, Templestowe and Doncaster, Meblourne

St Vasilios Greek Orthodox Parish, Brunswick, Melbourne