By observing quarantine and staying at home for Easter, we adhere to one of the greatest commandments – love for neighbor.
This was underlined by the official representative of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Eustratius Zorya on the air of one of the television channels, reports the correspondent of Ukrinform.
“The position of the Holy Synod and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine – we are from the start for the introduction of quarantine measures. We appeal to our believers with the request to adhere to these norms and restrictions established for our good. And that not only because it is prescribed by the state. But it is also a manifestation of our fulfillment of one of the two greatest commandments – love of neighbor. We, taking care of the health and kindness of our neighbors, must do our utmost not to expose them, or expose ourselves, to the danger of disease, ”said Eustratius.
Therefore, he noted, on these special days, the days of Holy Week, Easter, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine urges to stay at home and to participate in a common service through broadcasting. .
He added that the church offers several ways to dedicate Easter dishes.
“Many priests are already dedicating these Easter which go on the commercial network, and people can buy consecrated Easter offerings with the appropriate mark. Also Ukrposhta, some other delivery services have organized the possibility of ordering already consecrated dishes so that they are delivered to the house that day. If, in one of the appropriate ways defined by the church, a person could not receive Easter offerings at their table, they can do so themselves – the church provided such a blessing that day after the announcement of prayers in the church, at the end of the service, it will be possible to bless these people. Easter offerings with the holy water that is in the house, ”said the representative of the UCP.
At the same time, he advised when broadcasting the service not only to watch it “as a show, but to be in your home as part of the church – standing in front of the icon, in front of a candle or a lamp lit, joining the general prayer ”. In addition, observing the quarantine, it is not necessary to meet that day, to celebrate this holiday with other people, as we are used to.
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Eustratius also noted that the church decided to transfer the tradition of visiting cemeteries, burial grounds for the dead on June 6, to the parental father of Trinity on Saturday.
“Therefore, a week after Easter, during the so-called commemoration, on commemoration days, you do not need to go to cemeteries and perform memorial rites. It can be done – hopefully by the end of the quarantine – before the day of the Holy Trinity on June 6, ”said Zorya.
As noted, in Ukraine, due to the spread of the coronavirus until April 24, there are quarantine restrictions which require respect for social distance.
As of April 18, 5,106 cases of COVID-19 had been laboratory confirmed in Ukraine, including 133 fatalities, 275 people recovered. During the past day, 444 reports of new confirmed cases have been received.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru