The Moscow Patriarchate Orthodox Church in Ukraine (UOC-MP) urges believers to attend quarantine services, while the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) in the Russian Federation itself requests parishioners to observe quarantine and self-isolation.
Such actions on the part of the Russian Orthodox Church should be seen as sabotage aimed at aggravating the epidemiological situation in our country, reports the “Spiritual Front of Ukraine”.
As indicated in the publication, on Palm Sunday in the churches of the deputy of the UOC, services were organized with the massive participation of parishioners, which, in the current epidemiological situation, constitutes a serious additional threat for the spread of the infection.
“Recently, the ministers of the Russian Orthodox Church have repeatedly called publicly on their parishioners to ignore quarantine, attend divine services and receive communion. And as a result of such actions, for example Pechersk of Kiev, there are 90 infected coronaviruses and 2 deaths from this disease “, indicates the publication.
At the same time, as indicated, according to information from the clergy of the UOC-MP, living in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region, in Russia, the Danilov Monastery, which is the residence of the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill, has sent a circular on April 8 to all Russian metropolises and dioceses with a call to abstain from mass events for religious holidays, including Easter. The liturgy is only possible with the participation of the clergy and parish staff with the obligatory explanation to the parishioners of Cyril’s declaration on the need for a voluntary component (respect the rules of self-isolation and quarantine) .
At the same time, the recommendations of this circular say: “Guided by the blessing of His Holiness the Patriarch, the clergy should call on parishioners to pray at home until the restrictions imposed by the authorities are lifted. also applies to Holy Week and Holy Easter “.
As the head of the Russian Orthodox Church pointed out, parishioners are urged to face these “temporary difficulties in order to preserve the life and health of our neighbors”.
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In support of the clergy of the temporarily occupied territories, submitted the indicated circular, which was received late last week in the Diocese of Shakhty of the Russian Orthodox Church. However, they noted that this circular had not been sent to the UOC-MP, but that it had only been sent across the territory of Russia and occupied the Crimea.
“These double standards of the Russian Orthodox Church – in Ukraine, parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church are invited to attend divine services under quarantine conditions, and in Russia to give instructions to observe quarantine as much as possible and to isolate themselves – must be considered as sabotage aimed at aggravating the epidemiological situation in our country “, summarizes the publication. .
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According to media reports, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) recommended on April 10 that believers in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic refrain from visiting churches during Holy Week, Easter Day on April 19 and throughout the Easter period (40 days, including the day of the Resurrection and the feast of the Ascension of the Lord). Instead, Orthodox Christians in Russia were called to pray at home.
As Ukrinform reported on May 13, Kiev’s mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said that Pechersk’s Kiev Kiev laurel was closed by quarantine by decision of the capital’s emergency committee. According to Klitschko, the total number of clergy in the laurel with a coronavirus is around 90 people.
According to the cost center, at 9 a.m. on April 15 in Ukraine, 3,764 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 108 were fatal, 143 patients recovered. 392 new cases were recorded per day.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru