Holy Synod: Prohibits running into temples by Priests on Resurrection

The Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus places a strict ban on what is observed during the first Resurrection service on the morning of Holy Saturday in some churches

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The Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus places a strict ban on what is observed during the first Resurrection sequence on the morning of Holy Saturday in some churches, and in particular it expressly prohibits the running to the temples by Priests, for the announcement of the first Resurrection.

In its announcement, on the occasion of yesterday's session under the chairmanship of the Archbishop of Cyprus Georgios, the Holy Synod decided to strictly prohibit the running to the temples by Priests, for the announcement of the first Resurrection and any other actions, except for the scattering of laurel leaves with sacred way by the Priests, Commissioners and Priests.

As she notes in today's announcement, "'Anasta o Theos' should not abolish the Church's admonition 'Sighisato pasa sarx broteia...', nor should it lead to the mockery of the service".

However, the Holy Synod clarifies that it does not refer to the removal of the black covers from the icons, nor to the faithful's expression of joy with the continuous beating of the pews.

Also, the Holy Synod informs the Christ-named crew that the alleged Hieromonk Irenaeus, French by origin, former Vatopedino Agioreite and the alleged Anna nun from Xanthi "have no connection with the Church of Cyprus, nor do they hold a priestly or ecclesiastical rank" and they call on the Christ-named crew to avoid any communication between them.

In addition, it decided to award the Office of the Lord Chief Chant of the Church of Cyprus to the cantor, Solon Hatzisolomos, for his long and high ministry in the art of chanting of the Church of Cyprus and notes that the award will be made later at the Great Synod of the Holy Archdiocese of Cyprus in an official ceremony under the Archbishop of Cyprus.

In the meantime, he states that he requested to be informed on behalf of the Patriarchate of Alexandria about the legal position of the "ordination" on behalf of the Metropolitan of Zimbabwe, a woman in the rank of deacon.

Besides, he decided to hold a synodical liturgy, on the occasion of the anniversary of the Turkish invasion, on Saturday, July 20, 2024, headed by the Archbishop of Cyprus in the Holy Church of the Apostle Barnabas of Kokkinotrimithia and the temporary Cathedral of the Holy Metropolis of Kyrenia.

According to the Holy Synod, after the liturgy there will be a plea for the liberation of Cyprus and a prayer for finding the missing.

He also set dates for the established Memorials, specifically on July 7, 2024, a memorial service will be held for the martyr Archbishop Kyprianos and those who were massacred with him, on July 14, 2024, for those who fell during the treacherous coup of July 15, 1974, on the 21 July 2024 for those who fell during the Turkish invasion and August 4, 2024 for Archbishop and Patriarch Makarios.

The official memorial service, in the Holy Monastery of Kykkos, for the Patriarch Makarios, will be celebrated by the Archbishop of Cyprus, George, supported by the Metropolitan of Kykkos and Tellyria and other archpriests.

Finally, the Holy Synod states that it examined the financial accounts of the Thrones and the Stavropigian Monasteries, as well as the KET, for the year 2023 and the budgets for the year 2024.

Source: KYPE