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September 10, 2017 by Chris Christou

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean. This is a country that has a rich history, and together with it, a rich belief in religion. Its history being a rich mixture of different empires has produced a mixed population of people of different religions like Muslims, Latins, Roman Catholics and Armenians.

There are various churches found in and around Cyprus that have to be visited to learn more about the religion in Cyprus. The Church of Cyprus is the most important church, and an autocephalous church of Cyprus. This is a place that has to be visited by those interested in the religion of Cyprus. It is here that the Holy Snod can be met whose job is to examine and at the same time provide solutions for all matters that concern the church. There are many bishops of different churches who are regular members of this church.

The bishops of the churches in Cyprus have to be a graduate in Orthodox theological seminary of Greece. It is important that he be at least thirty years of age. It is because orthodox bishops are usually sworn to celibacy, and that the parish clergy were usually married, these bishops were recruited from monasteries and not from the parish churches. The bishops of these churches are not appointed by the archbishop but are elected by representatives from other laymen, abbots, regular clergy and other bishops.

There are many churches found in Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos and Nisosia. They offer masses at different times, which you can find out if you wish to attend mass. Most of them offer services on Sundays, while there are a few churches that offer services on other days. Whichever place of worship you wish to visit while in Cyprus, you have to make sure you show the right courtesy and respect to the place. It is necessary that you don’t wear over casual dresses, and if you do intend to take photographs, you will have to first obtain permission before doing so.

The services in Cyprus are lengthy and colorful where you will find singing, elaborate vestments and incense befitting the presiding priest. There are no statues found here, but only the veneration of icons is permitted. The highlight of the year is Easter, so this is the best time to visit Cyprus if you want to witness its rich history and religion.