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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The powerful Church of Greece said Tuesday it would allow the faithful to take part in Orthodox Easter services next week but limit attendance and hold the services earlier in the day to conform with a government-imposed curfew.

As the exiles celebrated the Passover, the priests and Levites purified themselves. The Levites slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the exiles. The Israelites who had returned from the exile ate it with all who had separated themselves from the unclean practices in order to seek the Lord. So they celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God. (Ezra 6:19-22)

Today is Palm Sunday, the mid-point of Passiontide, the two-week period leading up to Easter, Christianity’s foundational feast. It is also the beginning of Passover.

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