Dear brothers and sisters,
We wish you blessed fasting and feasts,
In pursuant to the “controversy” regarding the partial opening of churches during the Holy Week, the Council of the Heads of Churches in Jordan convened a session on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Amman. During the meeting, a thorough discussion took place in light of the currently issued Defence Law and the epidemiological situation.
After a thorough follow-up and coordination with the Jordanian government and the concerned authorities, the following arrangements have been agreed upon:
*Good Friday, April 30: All churches in the Kingdom will be closed, provided that common prayers will be live-streamed on social media networking sites within each diocese, in the absence of worshipers in compliance with the applied lockdown.
*Palm Sunday, April 25: Churches will be open in the morning until 11:00am.
* The Holy Week prayers will be performed as specified in each Church, according to the permitted time and in compliance with the partial lockdown regulations.
*Easter Sunday, May 2: Churches will be open in the morning until 11:00am.
The Council of the Heads of Churches in Jordan stresses the need to adhere to all precautionary measures, and to fully comply with the regulations issued by the competent authorities regarding lockdown duration which we hope will help preserve the health and safety of everyone.
Happy feasts to you, as well as to Jordan’s people and leadership.
By: Munir Bayouk