By Evie Andreou
The medieval town of Famagusta is expected to be inundated by believers crossing the divide for the Good Friday liturgy at the Ayios Georgios Exorinos church, which is taking place for the second year, Famagusta mayor Alexis Galanos said on Saturday.
After last year’s successful and historic procession and Epitaphios service at the church, the first since 1957 when more than 4,000 people attended, the Famagusta and Constantia Bishopric “invites all those members of the congregation that can, to attend the Epitaphios service”, it said in an announcement.
Galanos will be present at the event, as will several ambassadors and political leaders.
“We expect the same number of people as last year, I don’t see why this can’t become an established event, after all this will be the second year it is taking place,” Galanos told the Cyprus Mail.
The liturgy, which will take place this coming Friday, will be between 4pm to 8pm.
“The procession of the Epitaphios will be at around 6.15pm,” Galanos said.
Transport arrangements have been made and buses to Famagusta will depart from all towns; for seat reservations people should call the Bishopric at 23812444/456.
From Paralimni buses will depart at 3.30pm from Ayios Georgios Square and will also pick up passengers on the way, from the church of Panayia in Derynia, from Frenaros and Vryssoules. Please call Maria Demetriou at 99637220 and Toula Iacovou at 99595699.
From Limassol the departure point will be Ayios Georgios Havouzas at 1.30pm. For more information members of the public may call the Famagusta municipality’s office at 25335407, Andri Gavriel Pomba at 99515230, Ioustinos Tsoukkas at 99608788, Kyriacos Hadjiapostolou at 99681423, Nicos Nicolaou at 95117701, Lenia Nicolaou at 99490285 and Eleni Anastasiou at 99538899.
Paphiakos Stadium will be the place of departure for Paphos residents at 1.30pm. For more information call Noni Zenonos at 99580713.
From Nicosia buses will depart from the Handicraft Centre at 2.30pm. For seat reservations call George Ierodiakonou at 99656438 and Vaso Panayi at 99415178.
Buses from Larnaca will depart from the Fire service building at 3pm. For more information call ,Maria Tsoukka at 99909740, Olga Christodoulidou at 99260946, Chryso Constantinou at 99523053 and Chryso Hadjidemetriou at 99587110.