MOSCOW, 13 APR – RIA Novosti. The Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos said that the Holy fire will be delivered to other countries, despite the situation with coronavirus.
“the Ceremony of the Holy fire will be held under strict restrictions. However, the Holy fire will be delivered around the world. In accordance with the agreements with the authorities, representatives of diplomatic missions will take fire at the Jaffa gate of the Old city, will bring him to the airport Ben Gurion (tel Aviv – ed.) and give the state and Church delegations, which would be expected without leaving their aircraft,” – said the Patriarch at a meeting with head of the Russian ecclesiastical mission in Jerusalem Archimandrite Alexander (by Elisewin) 10 APR. A video posted on the website of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
“it is Planned that in Russia the Holy fire will be delivered by the Fund of Andrey Pervozvannogo (FAP),” – said RIA Novosti in the press service of the PLL.
the Ceremony of the Holy fire occurs every year before Orthodox Easter in Jerusalem. This year it is to be held on April 18, but due to the pandemic coronavirus and enter countries limits the possibility of timely delivery of the fire in Russia, has previously come under question. The organizer of bringing the Holy fire to Russia traditionally acts FAP. Usually the fire is brought to the beginning of the night a celebratory Patriarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.