By Nick Stamatakis

When there is a will – and some common sense – there is a way… As you can see in the photo above, St. Irene Chrysovalantou (Old Calendar) in Astoria, was open today in a limited but very significant way.  The faithful were forming a line outside the Church to just light a candle and receive the “palm crosses” (“vayia”)…  

We should be able to find a way to both protect the health of the faithful and at the same time preserve the most essential elements of our faith during the Holy Week. Here is an idea for distributing the Holy Light on Easter service: Have an early service by 9 or 9.30pm and let the faithful approach the entrance of the Church, one by one, following the existing guidelines, and at least get the Holy Light…  I am sure we can find other sensible ideas – especially for the suburbs where everybody goes to church in their cars…  Couldn’t we reserve the huge parking lots at Jones Beach, for example, for “Christos Anesti”?  There are so many malls with empty parking lots these days… I am sure Governor Cuomo would accommodate, he is glowing with love for our faith (if we believe AB Elpidophoros and Fr.Karloutsos)…  If we can go into a liquor store to buy any alcohol we would like, then I am sure we can convince the “authorities” to allow us to at least get the light… Or listen to “Christos Anesti” from our cars…

Why and how have we decided to put buying liquor at a higher level than our faith? Why are we so complacent?…

April 12, 2020, n.stamatakis@aol.com   www.helleniscope.com

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