The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland has said a meeting will be sought with the Taoiseach and health authorities after Christmas to discuss worship during Covid-19 restrictions.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Archbishop Eamon Martin said gathering for worship is intrinsic to people's faiths. 

The Archbishop said church leaders were eager to know what more can be done to keep congregations "as safe as possible in cavernous churches". 

From tomorrow, under Level 5, religious services will move online and places of worship may remain open for private prayer. 

Archbishop Martin pointed out that Christmas is about the saviour being born and suggestions that Christmas was cancelled was not the case. 

He said throughout the pandemic, the Catholic Church has been trying to play its part in protecting the most vulnerable. 

In recent days the bishops of Ireland have been issuing Christmas messages over in the lead up to the Feast of the Nativity and many of them refer to the challenges presented by Covid-19. 

However, they express hope for 2021.

Other Christian denominations have also issued Christmas messages. 

The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Right Reverend Dr David Bruce, centres his message on the home as a place of acceptance, love, and hospitality. 

In a joint message with his Catholic counterpart, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh John McDowell has suggested a positive consequence of Christmas this year, is relearning how to approach it with humility. 

"The face coverings and the empty streets have not been signs of fear and desolation. Instead, they are the evidences of love and of a resolve to secure the future," he said.