Sharjah allows church organize Christmas masses under strict protocols

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The authorities in the emirate of Sharjah allowed a church to organize Christmas masses under strict social distancing protocols. 

“In Sharjah, our Christmas mass will be organized from 6pm to 10:30pm on December 24,” Fr. Jojo Miriam of the St. Gregorious Orthodox Church told Khaleej Times. 

Those who wish to participate in the mass are urged to register online. While attending the mass, they are also required to wear masks and maintain social distancing. 

Only 160 worshippers will only be accepted by the church. “Last year, we had about 5,000 people attending the Christmas mass,” he added. 

“Regular mass is currently being organized at 50 percent capacity. All worshippers have to wear masks and maintain a two-meter distance. Also, only people in the age group of 12-60 can come to the church,” Fr. Miriam said. 

The technical team will also stream the mass online. “This year, I request people to stay home,” he added. 

St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Sharjah will also hold a vigil mass on December 23 and 24.

Christmas mass on December 25 will begin at 3am and continue until 8:15pm.

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