Tuesday , May 18 2021

By plane in 12 cities, the transport of the Holy Light throughout Greece, among them Zakynthos.

The procedures for the receipt and transfer of the Holy Light this Easter will be different from those of previous years.

The Holy Light will be carried by the Deputy Foreign Minister, Costas Vlasis and the Metropolitan of the Mediterranean Nikolaos.

Then with the care of the state it will be distributed in 12 cities of Greece. Among the cities that have been “chosen” for the air reception of the Holy Light, are. Thessaloniki, Alexandroupoli, Kos, Ioannina, Heraklion, Chania, Rhodes, Santorini and Corfu, Zakynthos.

The selection criteria are said to combine population parameters with the capabilities of the airlines. While in some other cities, the transfer is planned to be done by road. For example, those in the  Peloponnese, in parallel with air arrival.

Officials estimate that within three hours ,the transfer will be completed in the planned areas.
The ritual of arrival-reception in Greece will be done as the situation demands. That is, “with due humility and modesty and not with the honours of a head of state”.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the decision was made to hold the Resurrection at 9:00 pm and not at midnight.

Last year, the Holy Light was transferred only to the Exarchate of the Holy Sepulcher, in order to be guarded, while due to the measures against the pandemic, it was not transferred to other parishes.

The procedures will follow a strict and specific framework. As in Israel there are strict protection measures for the coronavirus pandemic. The small delegation that will receive the Holy Light, just 2 people, will have been vaccinated or will have a negative PCR test.

The transport of Holy Light is undertaken by two Greek airlines, Aegean airlines and Sky express, according to Konstantinos Vlasis

On our island. The arrival of The Holy Light has been undertaken by Sky express on Holy Saturday. Which will land with a special flight shortly after 7.30…

Source IMERA

 

Photo 2018 arrival of the Holy Light

About Liz Osborn

Liz Osborn's first experience of the island was as a holiday rep in 1992. She fell in love with everything Zakynthian and has been here since then. Liz became a Greek citizen in 2003 and has been active in tourism and the Greek life over the years. Liz's support of the island saw her joining the Zakynthos Informer team in 2020

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