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Message from Dean Jeremy
Currently I am self-isolating in the Deanery. I am however available by telephone 22677897 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I have received a communication from Archbishop Michael. The main points of which are detailed below. I fully concur with his decision and especially the sentiments expressed. As you will understand this decision has not been made lightly. As always it is important that we all pull together as the Anglican community. We are of course keeping the situation under review and will pass on any further information as and when we have it.
The regular daily offices of the church, as normally advertised, will still be said by a priest in the Cathedral.
I am very sorry to do this but hope to return to normal in the near future.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CATHEDRAL SERVICES
The Archbishop has taken the decision with great reluctance to suspend public worship with immediate effect until 10 April, which will be Western Good Friday in all Anglican churches in Cyprus.
He had been hoping that the previous request, that assemblies including church services with over 75 people should not take place but that therefore ones with 75 or fewer were acceptable, would continue. But when the Archbishop of Cyprus announced suspension of (publicly attended) Orthodox worship until that date, responding the government’s clear request, it was judged that it is discourteous and wrong for us not to do the same.
This has been done with very great pain, because organic communal public worship is the Anglican and Christian norm. Not celebrating the mass together is a serious deprivation.
For other countries in our diocese, we have so far advised to carry on worshipping publicly until officially and formally told to suspend activities. But now (a) the government of this Republic in which we live requires it and (b) our senior and host Church has made a pronouncement.
Two further points. We don’t know whether that date of 10 April will be varied; and quiet saying of the offices in church seems reasonable whatever happens.
The Very Reverend Jeremy Crocker