The global coronavirus pandemic and the challenges it has posed to humankind have fundamentally changed both the whole world as a whole and the relationship of Orthodox Christians with the church and the performance of the sacraments in particular. And this should be treated with gratitude as a valuable lesson.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said so in an interview with Ukrinform.
“We all understand that what we previously considered” normal “in our world or” routine “in our lives has been destroyed and fundamentally changed. What we are used to, what we have appreciated, radically changed or stopped. We can no longer take even the simplest things for granted. For us Orthodox Christians this also applies to our relationships with the Church and, above all, with God, ”said the Ecumenical Patriarch.
According to him, we can no longer take traditional or conventional approaches for granted – like attending divine services, lighting candles, kissing icons, singing with the choir and waiting in line for communion.
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“And in this crisis, we learned that the church is not just a building. We have discovered for ourselves what our homes and families are called to become and to be what Saint John Chrysostom describes as a “little church” – not only by name, but also in practice. We must all be thankful for this precious lesson to our Lord, who assures us: “Where two or three have gathered in my name, I am there among them”. In fact, Jesus Christ is closer to us than we are to ourselves, ”said His Holiness.
The Ecumenical Patriarch called for observing the principles of social distance and treating their homes and families as “little churches”.
Earlier, the ecumenical patriarch called on believers to stay home for Easter.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru