This weekend, Orthodox Christians from around the world are celebrating the most important festival on their calendar amid a series of restrictions and bans on traditional celebrations.
Authorities in Eastern Europe and the Middle East have said congregations should not attend services.
However, in Georgia, believers will still be able to attend churches.
The Russian Orthodox Church has agreed to abandon its annual traditions and urges millions of believers not to attend church. Usually services are attended by six at night to receive the blessing. This year the Mass will be held only in the presence of priests and other clergy.
In Greece, movement restrictions are still widely praised for curbing the spread of coronavirus.
This Easter, the authorities banned church services, which usually involve hundreds of thousands of believers.
When the Holy Fire arrives in Athens on Saturday night, it will be delivered to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem in Athens and will not unusually spread to other churches.
The church upheld the ban, and thousands of police were sent to prevent Greeks from using the holiday to visit relatives or other homes.
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In Romania, people were told that they would not be allowed to leave their homes to receive the Holy Fire on Easter night or to take bread poured with holy water and wine, as is traditional. However, the Holy Light will spread to the homes of believers who ask for it.
A neighboring country, Bulgaria, has imposed a curfew on the capital Sofia to stop traffic in and out of the city to stop people going on holiday.
Churches in Serbia and Montenegro have ordered believers to celebrate Easter at home.
However, the Orthodox Church of Northern Macedonia says it will not use force to prevent people from attending church.
In Ukraine, officials say riot police will be deployed if believers start gathering in churches in large numbers.
Coptic Orthodox Pope Egyptian Tawadros II held a service on Good Friday without coming to a monastery northeast of Cairo. The service was broadcast live on Coptic Orthodox TV channels and featured deacons and priests who had gathered with gaps to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The Holy Flame was delivered on Saturday, April 18, to the Church of the Holy Nativity in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.
The traditional ceremony of the Holy Fire took place in the almost deserted Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.
The church was closed last month, and only a few Orthodox priests, some in black masks, were allowed into the ceremony.
Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilus III traditionally lights a candle with fire in the crypt of the Holy Sepulcher to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus.
Instead of passing the flames to thousands of pilgrims, this time the ceremony was attended by the Armenian Orthodox Patriarch, four aides and the Coptic and Syrian archbishops, Israeli media reported.
Theophilus III and others removed church bells from the church, and the flames were transferred to the church to transport it to Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv and ship it to 10 countries.