Orthodox Christians in Turkey mark Easter
Archbishop Gabriel Akyüz led the rituals on the mass, reading chapters from the Bible and leading chants in Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew and Syriac.
“Today is a great day,” said Akyüz, noting that it is a very important day for Assyrians and they celebrate Easter with enthusiasm.
The rituals were held in accordance with the guidelines to combat the virus, Akyüz noted.
Those who gathered prayed for an immediate end to the deadly pandemic.
Orthodox Christians, the world’s third largest group of Christian believers, celebrate Easter a week after Catholics and Protestants because they follow a different calendar.