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In Photos: Egypt’s Pope Tawadros II leads Easter Monday mass with limited attendance

The mass, held at the Monastery of Saint Bishoy in Wadi El-Natrun amid coronavirus precautions, was attended by three archbishops and 26 bishops

Mohamed Soliman , Monday 3 May 2021
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Pope Tawadros II leading Easter Monday (Sham El-Nassim) mass at the desert Monastery of Saint Bishoy in Wadi El-Natrun on Monday May 3, 2021. Photo courtesy of the spokesman of the orthodox church Facebook page
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Head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II led the Easter Monday (Sham El-Nassim) mass at the Monastery of Saint Bishoy in Wadi El-Natrun, northwest of Egypt earlier today.

The Church allowed a limited attendance of three archbishops and 26 bishops amid strict precautionary measures against the coronavirus.

Easter Monday, or Sham El-Nassim, is marked the day after the Eastern Christian Easter.

The occasion witnessed the preparation of the holy chrism oil, and the Ghalilawn oil.

The chrism oil (also known as Myron oil) is composed of 27 components extracted from aromatic substances and are found in plants, as inspired by the Bible, Pope Tawadros II explained.

Chrismation is one of the seven sacraments of the Coptic Orthodox Church, four of which are known as the secrets of salvation and which every Christian is expected to perform.

These four secrets are baptism, chrismation (confirmation), communion, and confession. The other three secrets are marriage, priesthood, and anointing the sick.

Pope Tawadros II
Pope Tawadros II with three archbishops and the twenty six bishops during the preparations of making of the Holy oil (Miyron) after he led the Easter Monday (Sham El-Nassim) mass which was held at the desert Monastery of Saint Bishoy in Wadi El-Natrun on Monday May 3, 2021. photo courtesy of the spokesman of the orthodox church Facebook page

On Saturday, the pope led Easter mass at St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo’s Abbasiya district, with limited attendance.

He had also headed the Good Friday prayers at the cathedral, with limited attendance.

The Christian Holy Week, which marks the breaking of the 55-day fast, has been disrupted due to the pandemic for a second year now, with attendance limited to Church officials in order to curb the spread of the virus in the country.

Several Egyptian Coptic monasteries banned visits up until Easter due to the coronavirus spike.

Several dioceses in 13 Egyptian governorates also decided to halt masses and congregational services during the Holy Week and Easter over the same concerns.

Pope Tawadros II
Pope Tawadros II during the making of the Holy oil (Miyron) after he led the Easter Monday (Sham El-Nassim) mass which was held at the desert Monastery of Saint Bishoy in Wadi El-Natrun on Monday May 3, 2021. photo courtesy of the spokesman of the orthodox church Facebook page

Egypt is seeing a third wave of the pandemic, with daily tolls recording over 1,000 since Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the health ministry has stepped up readiness at all hospitals nationwide ahead of the Sham El-Nassim celebrations.

Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad ordered the closure of central nature reserves on Sham El-Nassim.

Likewise, several governors instructed shutting down public parks and beaches, which are traditionally frequented by millions of Egyptians on Sham El-Nassim, as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus.

Pope Tawadros II
Pope Tawadros II with three archbishops during the making of the Holy oil (Miyron) after he led the Easter Monday (Sham El-Nassim) mass which was held at the desert Monastery of Saint Bishoy in Wadi El-Natrun on Monday May 3, 2021. photo courtesy of the spokesman of the orthodox church Facebook page

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