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Head of the legal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate abbess Xenia (Chernega) criticized the orders of the authorities of St. Petersburg to ban visits to churches in connection with the threat of infection is coronavirus.

“the Russian Constitution considers the right to freedom of conscience among the inalienable rights of man and citizen. Such rights, according to the Basic law and the law on freedom of conscience may be restricted only by Federal law, but not acts of constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Therefore, we can conclude that the act, which was adopted in St. Petersburg, is inconsistent with the Constitution,” said the abbess, “Interfax”.

At the same time, plans to challenge the order of the St. Petersburg authorities representatives of the Church there. Mother superior noted that this decision of a management of Petersburg concerns not the Church, and the citizens and their rights, as “in no way reglamentary of the ability of religious organizations to conduct services”. We will remind, on the eve of the St. Petersburg authorities banned the visit of religious organizations from 28 March to 5 April. An exception is made for “Ministers and religious personnel” of these organizations.

meanwhile, “Novaya Gazeta” reminded the words of Patriarch Kirill that the pandemic is the “grace of God” that will lead people to repentance and to significantly multiply the number of parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church, attendance has decreased in recent years.

“this person, the Patriarch phave renal all possible precautions: stopped to go to crowded temples, only serves in the altar (not goes to the chair in the middle of the temple), stops to kiss his hands, and he doesn’t kiss icons, crosses, and sacred vessels. At the same time, the Patriarch ordered to read at every Liturgy say a special prayer for deliverance from this “grace of God” that prayer is called in Slavonic “pestilence,” writes the newspaper, noting that the heads of various denominations and many ordinary pastors address to his flock words of comfort and appeal particularly to take responsibility these days for their health and the health of others and abide by the quarantine.

Not waiting for the orders of the authorities, the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia has closed its synagogues throughout the country. Ceased to be public prayers in all the mosques of Moscow. Particularly zealous Muslims pray in front of them on the street, observing the two-meter sanitary distance. The head of the world Union of old believers Leonid Sevastyanov called on their coreligionists to refrain from visiting the temples and recall the centuries-old tradition of home of old believer worship houses. But the Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Russia Dietrich Brauer remarked that the feat of love, communion with other people and help them, for which people gather in the Church can only be accomplished by abstinence from visiting the temple.

as for the Orthodox Church, but within it was created a special working group to coordinate the actions of the Church in the context of a pandemic with state authorities. While the group was limited to the mailing of the circular to dioceses and a statement to the media that the temples will close only when the stop public transport and all shops.

According to the instructions of the Patriarchy sent to the parishes, should only often to disinfect, wipe licy during the communion of the laity, to use disposable cotton swabs when anointing with oil and the cups back. But even these half-measures in most cases they are not respected: the poor provincial parishes refer to the lack of funds and the rich monasteries (e.g., the Trinity-Sergius Lavra) argue that the infection does not transmit through the sacrament.

meanwhile in Sergiev Posad already registered the first cases of infection – the head of the local old believer community in a serious condition hospitalized with coronavirus in clinical hospital N 40 in Kommunarka. Similar problems arose in another monastery of the Moscow Patriarchate – of Pochaev, on the territory of Ukraine. According to the President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, who returned from there a pilgrim was found to be infected with coronavirus and even infected medical staff.

At the same time the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) calls this position the “criminal” laying on denying the epidemic the responsibility for the future of the human suffering and great temptation for churches and temples which can be mass infection. Priest Georgiy Kochetkov calls right to refuse communion in the Church, if necessary, inviting a priest to the house with observance of measures of sanitary precaution.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, who heads the working group of the state Council on coronavirus, warned that next week, when Moscow will close almost all offices, restaurants, cafes, open shops, etc., will be limited and access to the premises of religious organizations.

the working group of the Moscow Patriarchate, though “understanding”, but negatively responded to the warning Sobyanin. “The pastoral responsibilities of the clergy will be fully enforced against all those believers who find themselves in this difficult time to come to the temple,” the group said. This means that any changes in the liturgical structure of the Orthodox Church is not made.

it is not excluded that the churches can really be a source of infection: 2 Marchand the head of the Korean Christian sect “Temple of the tabernacle of the testimony Sinh-change” Lee man Hee apologized to the nation for his flock inadvertently introduced a new coronavirus in South Korea. By the time in South Korea, there were more than 4,000 cases of infection Covid-19, about 60% of people who are diagnosed with the disease, were members of this sect.

“Although this was not done intentionally, many have been infected. We tried as best we could to prevent it, but we did not,” said 88-year-old leader of the sect. Apparently, the congregation had accidentally infect each other, and then went to different areas of South Korea. According to some reports, the leadership of the sect kept secret its membership list, with the result that the authorities found it difficult to understand where and how the virus spreads.