Novices of the monastery in the center of Moscow decided every evening to make a procession against coronavirus
Moscow-Live.ru / Akishin Vyacheslav “Given visited the city and Muscovites trial, brethren, of our vysoko-Petrovsky monastery every evening around the walls with a molieben”
Moscow-Live.ru / Tikhonov Mikhail
Brothers in Moscow have decided every evening to make a procession around the monastery with a molieben about getting rid of the coronavirus. The first procession took place on the 18th of March after the evening mass. The monks marched on the sidewalks around the monastery of Blachernae icon of the Theotokos at a distance from each other.
“Given visited the city and Muscovites trial, brethren, of our vysoko-Petrovsky monastery every evening around the walls with a molieben. Sprinkling the area of the monastery and the surrounding walls with Holy water, will turn to the Lord, the blessed virgin and to St. Peter of Kiev, Wonderworker of Moscow about the help and the intercession of all those in need,” tohe wrote in Instagram, the Abbot of the monastery, hegumen Peter (Eremeev).
He noted that the Church tradition of conducting processions in the days of the disasters has its origins in Byzantium. “Today, we all need help from above, so the brethren of the monastery unanimously decided to aggravate the prayer,” added the Abbot. In the monastery cancelled the tour, instead, the social networks will launch virtual tours and live broadcasts.
In an interview with the publication “the rise of the” Abbot Peter remarked that the parishioners participate in the procession are not invited, “not to embarrass” those who doubt its necessity. “In the words of the prayers that we turn to God, there is mention of distress, affliction, adversity. In the churches today primarily pray passed to attack of a pandemic, but I think all the others are praying, including about the economy, personal well-being in this difficult moment”, – said the Governor.
In the Russian Orthodox Church stated that it has no plans to close churches and to introduce numerical limits on the Easter services in connection with the coronavirus. Easter this year is celebrated on April 12. In Russia, exactly to this day declared a school holiday, and in Moscow the ban on carrying out any recreational activities outdoors and a ban on such activities at the premises number of more than 50 employees expires on March 10. However, the services for leisure-time activities still are not told in the ROC.
“And during Great lent, and Easter will be real worship with a real congregation,” – said in an interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” Chairman of the Synodal Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev).
“This does not mean that the Church underestimate the threat,” he said. If the spread of the virus and the number of infected will grow, and the government will issue new orders, the Church will respond to them, said Hilarion.
“the Believer should, prefirst of all, to believe that his life is in God’s hands. If God wants a person move from the earthly world to the heavenly world, He’s got a lot of ways. To fear death is not necessary,” admonished the Bishop. However, called on the faithful to observe the preventive measures for your health and the health of others: “Better to be safe than to underestimate the degree of threat.”
Earlier, the ROC imposed unprecedented in its recent history, measures of coronavirus. They require the rejection of the veneration of the cross and chalice, the handling of spoons for communion alcoholic solution, the use of disposable hygienic gloves, with the distribution of Holy bread, the tightening of sanitary regulations at baptism, communion and extreme unction.
meanwhile, in St. Petersburg, despite the prohibition of mass events (up to March 18, it was possible to hold events for 1000 people) tens of thousands of believers over the eight days were added to brought the relics of John the Baptist.
In the St. Petersburg diocese stated that in one stage in the Kazan Cathedral there was a thousand people, and the little ark with the relics after everyone wiped with antiseptic. However, those present in the Cathedral “Advisor on religious Affairs,” told reporters that the ark was worn “not in front of everyone, of course, man.”
And in the Leningrad region on March 22 is scheduled Kresna course against the coronavirus from the Church of the beheading of John the Baptist to the local administration building. Are invited to attend “everyone”, wrote in Instagram the head of Kirovsky district Andrew Gordashnikov. “Given the fact that it is unlikely that the number of participants becomes too overwhelming, we will be able to provide the recommended CPS distance between people,” he added.