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Egyptian Coptic Christians and eastern orthodox churches were compelled to celebrate Easter on Sunday inside their houses amid the closure of churches and monasteries for the first time this century as Egypt stems from the continued coronavirus outbreak.
“Sisi hailed the close bonds shared between Muslim and Christian Egyptians and wished a cheerful Easter to all Coptic Christians worldwide.” Bassam Rady, the spokesperson of the Egyptian Presidency stated
Pope Tawadros II on Saturday night presided the Easter Eve Mass at Monastery of Saint Pishoy in Wadi al-Natroun with no worshipers and a relatively empty church. Father Paul Halim, the spokesperson for the Coptic Orthodox Church, stated that due to the coronavirus the pope won’t receive officials at the Papal Residence as standard.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wished a cheerful Easter to all Coptic Christians
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sent a telegram to Pope of Alexandria Tawadros II expressing excellent wishes for the Easter holiday. Bassam Rady, the spokesperson of the Egyptian Presidency stated that Sisi hailed the close bonds shared between Muslim and Christian Egyptians and wished a cheerful Easter to all Coptic Christians worldwide.
Eastern Christians in the past celebrated the Saturday of Light or the Holy Saturday, the day that comes after Good Friday and ahead of Easter Sunday in crowded churches.
Meanwhile, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, for the first time in a century, needed to shut its doorways before thousands of Christian pilgrims who came visiting the tomb of Christ.
Celebrations had been limited to benediction capacity, whilst prayers in Church of the Holy Sepulcher had been restricted to not more than tens of peoples.
Since March, the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt has closed all churches and stopped all ritual services, masses and gatherings as part of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the novel COVID-19 to Coptic Christians.
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