Saturday 01 May 2021
Books – Mina Ghaly:
The Easter Mass prayers began a short while ago at the Cathedral of St. Mark in Abbasia under the presidency of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria, Patriarch of the Epistle of Mark, and in the presence and participation of a group of bishops, bishops of the Holy Synod and priests.
The cathedral witnessed the presence of a limited number of Coptic people after Pope Tawadros decided to hold Good Friday prayers and Easter Mass with limited public attendance, as part of the precautionary measures to confront the Corona virus.
The Coptic Orthodox Church announced the most important procedures that must be followed for the participants in the Easter Mass in the Great Cathedral of Mark in Abbasia.
The Church called for full cooperation with the security men present at the gates of the cathedral who are required to verify the attendance card and match it with the national ID card, as well as cooperate with the servants of the scouts inside the cathedral by responding to their directives regarding the implementation of preventive measures and all instructions, whether when entering the cathedral or during prayer or When leaving, to ensure the safety and health of everyone.
And it announced that it is absolutely not permitted for the participants in the prayers (priests – deacons – the people) to bring any people who do not have the personal attendance card, as it will not be permitted to enter any person who is not the holder of the said card.
And she continued: The temperature of the worshipers is measured before entering, without allowing entry to anyone who proves a high temperature, or who suffers from any other symptoms, and also will not allow any of his family members to enter.
And she continued: Physical distancing is maintained by a safe distance between worshipers and one another, including lines of entry to the church, communion and departure.
The church also stated that the worshipers wear the muzzle and their commitment to physical separation throughout their stay inside the church, with no permission to take off the muzzle or disturb the spacing for any reason.
She emphasized that kissing, shaking hands, greeting, or interacting in any way that requires close or touching is not permitted, including ritual kisses of crosses and books, handshake of the priest’s father and handshake between priests and each other, and everyone suffices to exchange greetings from a distance, and this applies in the Church in general, whether During prayers or at any other time.
It is also not permitted to touch icons, whether fixed in the church or moving during ritual sessions.
And she stressed that it is a matter of honesty that no one allows himself to come to the cathedral if he feels any symptoms of illness, even if they are minor (runny nose, cough, fatigue … etc.), as well as his family members, and our longing to participate in these holy days must not be overcome. For our honesty and concern for ourselves and the rest of our participants in the prayers.
The participating priests are also committed to all instructions of cleansing hands, physical distancing, and wearing the muzzle properly throughout their stay in the church, especially when standing in front of the sickles and the altar, or using microphones during readings, prayers and melodies.
All members of the deacon’s choir are bound by all that was mentioned in the previous clause, especially not to take off the muzzle, when reciting the melodies or readings, and the instructions for entry and exit referred to in the previous clauses also apply to them.
And the church indicated that every worshiper is obligated to bring his communion handkerchief (the wrapping) in the Eid mass, and the headdress (for women) for personal use, and completely refrains from sharing the use of these tools among the worshipers, and everyone will receive a bottle of water to dispense communion upon entering the cathedral.
She explained that the receiver should not approach the priest at the moment of his introduction to the communion, or direct any conversation to him, even if for the purpose of confession or obtaining a solution, lest the guardianship of the safe spacing between them is lost.
Pope Tawadros II sent a message of congratulations to the people of the Diaspora on the glorious Day of Resurrection.
The Pope said: “I congratulate you, beloved in all our Coptic churches across the entire world, on this holiday and the joy of our joys. I would like to send my congratulations to the bishops, the fathers bishops, the fathers of the priests, the deacons, the church councils and the elders. Also to all young people, to all children and to all families. I send this congratulation from The land of Egypt. I congratulate you and rejoice with you on this holiday .. Easter Day has a reality and has an impact on all of our lives.
The Pope added: “We raise special prayers, and we rejoice in this resurrection, for the sake of this plague that humanity is suffering, so that God preserves all people everywhere and liftes this distress from everyone and makes us rejoice in this glorious resurrection in our lives. Peace I bring to you from the land of Egypt and from the headquarters.” “I congratulate everyone in all the dioceses in the continents of Europe, North America, Canada, South America, Africa and the Jerusalem See. Also in the Gulf region, Asia and also in Australia. Greetings and my love to all, wishing you all good and health.”