Tag: Coronavirus

The Orthodox Response to COVID
Liturgical Life, Religion and Science

The Orthodox Response to COVID Failures in Both Theology and Leadership?

Archdeacon John Chryssavgis has recently commented on the way in which, during the COVID pandemic, many of the leaders of the Orthodox Church have “been almost paralysed by division among themselves and by their isolation from the outside world.” He relates this paralysis to a number of important issues, but does not comment in detail…

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Coping, Scapegoating, Menacing:  Christians in Pandemic India
Public Life, Religion and Politics

Coping, Scapegoating, Menacing: Christians in Pandemic India

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски A few days ago, I called up a Jesuit priest in Bihar (an eastern state of India) to know his thoughts on the conditions of Christians during the ongoing pandemic. He was bemused by the question and emphatically stated—the rich survive and the poor…

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Covid in the Prisons: The Ungrievable Neighbor
Culture and Arts, Public Life

Covid in the Prisons: The Ungrievable Neighbor

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Русский | Српски “Who is my neighbor?” This question, posed coyly by a slick lawyer looking for an easy answer, is most poetically answered by Christ in his parable of the Good Samaritan. The story involves a man who is robbed, beaten, and left for dead by the side…

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Two Kinds of Risk in the Church
Christian Practice, Theology

Two Kinds of Risk in the Church

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски By now, it would almost be commonplace to observe that the COVID pandemic has created (or perhaps, rather, it has apocalyptically exposed) a cultural rift within the contemporary Orthodox Christian community. As a pastor, I have experienced this division firsthand, and I know of…

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Christians in India Call for Prayers as the Deadly Pandemic Surges
Public Life

Christians in India Call for Prayers as the Deadly Pandemic Surges

български  | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has struck India with more than 400,000 COVID cases per day, the death toll reaching its peak, to the point where people are dying in the streets, and hospitals are at maximum capacity with limited resources and…

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Which Vaccine Should I Receive?
Documents, Public Life

Which Vaccine Should I Receive?

As more Covid-19 vaccines begin to be made available to the public, Orthodox Christians are asking important questions regarding vaccine safety, efficacy, the differences between the various vaccine technologies and/or which vaccine they should receive. In a document published by the Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA), Drs. Hermina Nedelescu, Catherine Creticos, and Gayle Woloschak…

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Reflection on Faith and Science in Light of Covid-19
Religion and Science

Reflection on Faith and Science in Light of Covid-19

български | Ελληνικά Science seeks truth in the natural world through observation and experimentation. Scientists are driven by curiosity, which encourages inventive thought, leading them to discover how nature works. Science is a tool to penetrate into the unknown physical world, which at first might seem incomprehensible. However, scientists know that within this perceived obscurity…

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Ready for the COVID Vaccine?
Ethics, Religion and Science

Ready for the COVID Vaccine? An Orthodox Perspective

ελληνικά | Română COVID has changed the lifestyles of almost every American (and even most citizens of the globe) since March 15 when quarantine orders, stay-at-home orders, mask orders, work limitations, social distancing, and many other such measures began. In many locations, these orders are in effect “until a vaccine for COVID is available.” The presumption…

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From One Spoon to Many
Liturgical Life

From One Spoon to Many

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Orthodox Church has found itself in an existential crisis. The situation has challenged our traditions and even the way that we receive Holy Communion. One of the points of disagreement that has arisen concerns the manner in which Holy Communion is distributed to the faithful from the…

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COVID-19, the Murder of George Floyd, and Continuing the Lockdown
Liturgical Life, Public Life

COVID-19, the Murder of George Floyd, and Continuing the Lockdown

ελληνικά These have been unsettling times. I have been forced by the events of the last several months to face up to several disconcerting truths. When the COVID-19 lockdown orders were issued, they had a common element.  Churches were not deemed “essential.” Liquor stores, pot distributors, and lottery sales were deemed essential. Commercial air travel and protests…

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Pandemic and the Holy in Russia
Liturgical Life

Pandemic and the Holy in Russia

ελληνικά | Română | ру́сский Like churches in other parts of the world, the Orthodox Church in Russia has struggled to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The question became particularly intense at the end of the Great Fast. Even though Church and state authorities had called on people to remain home, many devout believers, even…

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Orthodox Apocalypse: Judgment and Hope for Orthodoxy in the Time of Coronavirus
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Theology

Orthodox Apocalypse: Judgment and Hope for Orthodoxy in the Time of Coronavirus

Ελληνικά | Română Coronavirus has descended on our world as an apocalypse, a whirlwind destroying the shelter of our fixed verities, ripping the roofs off our traditions and throwing into the blaze of the sun the hidden sins and fragilities of our institutions. This whirlwind has caught the Orthodox world in the midst of an…

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The Eucharist, Its Physical Elements, and Molecular Biology
Liturgical Life, Religion and Science

The Eucharist, Its Physical Elements, and Molecular Biology

ελληνικά The Orthodox Church and scientific knowledge typically parallel each other. In the event that a reconciliation appears unreachable between the Church and science, it signals that it is time to reconsider past traditions in light of current scientific evidence. Science cannot in any way dictate Orthodox theology, but rather provides a contribution to the…

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Why Should Orthodoxy Remain Public in Coronavirus Times?
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ecclesiology, Liturgical Life

Why Should Orthodoxy Remain Public in Coronavirus Times? Reflections in the Aftermath of an Unprecedented Easter

As a Greek Orthodox living in the Western world and experiencing this new “Corona era,” one feels that Orthodoxy needs to decide today, globally and locally, on the following: to what extent do we, as Orthodox Christians, truly believe that Christ is the Son of God, the Son of Man? For what we have been…

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We Are under Care, Not at War
Public Life

We Are under Care, Not at War For a New Metaphor for Today

Ελληνικά No, I will not resign myself. This is not a war; we are not at war. Ever since the dominant narrative in Italy and in the world about the pandemic has assumed a war terminology—that is, immediately after the health situation in any given country changes drastically for the worse—I have been looking for…

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Faith, Reason, and the Eucharist
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life, Theology

Faith, Reason, and the Eucharist A Reflection in Light of the Coronavirus Crisis

Much has been written and posted on line lately about Holy Communion and how it is to be distributed/received vis-à-vis the COVID-19 crisis. In light of this, it is interesting that little attention has been paid to the relationship between faith and reason. The overriding reason for this omission is related to an understanding of…

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The Russian Orthodox Church and Coronavirus
Public Life, Religion and Politics

The Russian Orthodox Church and Coronavirus Rethinking the Question of “Relevance to the System”

ελληνικά | ру́сский In some respects, the global coronavirus crisis has brought to light ruptures that in normal times were often dismissed as marginal problems of small groups. Unresolved and underestimated social injustices became obvious and were recognized as threatening more than just the existence of the respective groups. A similar effect of the coronavirus…

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When Icons Make You Sick
Culture and Arts

When Icons Make You Sick Religious Materiality in Post-Chernobyl Contamination

ελληνικά | Română | српски The publication of this essay coincides with the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Saturday, April 26, 1986. In March 2020, we were asked to work from home because of the pandemic of coronavirus. We could not even imagine how quickly the situation would escalate to a global lockdown. Looking at…

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God, Evil, and COVID-19
Theology

God, Evil, and COVID-19

ελληνικά Our current pandemic has brought us face-to-face with the reality of human mortality, our susceptibility to disease and death. We no longer confront death in the abstract: its long hand has reached out to our communities and, in some cases, even touched our families. In our big extended family called the Church, we have…

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Doing Holy Week at Home During COVID-19
Liturgical Life

Doing Holy Week at Home During COVID-19

Ελληνικά Many Christians around the world have come to realise over the last few weeks that this year’s Holy Week and Pascha will be somewhat unlike any that they have previously experienced, on account of the current viral pandemic. Very many churches are now closed, with services cancelled or in-person participation restricted to a select…

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The Value of Nothing: Lessons from COVID-19 on Silence and Stillness
Christian Practice

The Value of Nothing: Lessons from COVID-19 on Silence and Stillness

ελληνικά | ру́сский  I’ve always admired the early monks and nuns of the desert literature. Not because they discovered ways of escaping the reality of paying taxes. Not only because their words were inspirational and their prayer transformative. And not primarily because they withstood the power of the empire and the test of time. But…

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The Presence of Christ in our Homes on Holy Week and Pascha
Christian Practice, Theology

The Presence of Christ in our Homes on Holy Week and Pascha

ελληνικά  | Română |  ру́сский When COVID-19 first arrived on the scene as a nuisance, and not a pandemic, the Churches responded by making slight alterations to the rite of receiving communion. Catholic and Protestant Churches instructed people to refrain from partaking of the cup, and the people exchanged the sign of peace without handshakes….

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The Church’s Strength
Christian Practice

The Church’s Strength

ελληνικά | Română | ру́сский | српски The Church’s strength, during these difficult and unpredictable times that humanity is experiencing due to the invisible coronavirus, is not manifested through careless and senseless acts. Some believe they are beyond any danger, that their perilous actions might not endanger the lives of those who congregate in places of worship….

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COVID-19 and Christian (?) Dualism
Liturgical Life, Theology

COVID-19 and Christian (?) Dualism

 ελληνικά |  ру́сский  |  српски Translations of this essay are also available in Arabic (pdf) and Georgian. In this brief editorial, I try to explain what underpins the widely spread belief that the coronavirus cannot be transmitted through the communion of the holy Gifts. This belief is based on the assumption that the Body and Blood of…

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Coronavirus and Communion
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life

Coronavirus and Communion

In a moment of unprecedented closings and cancellations, how should the Orthodox Church and her members faithfully navigate the risks and complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic?  For many Orthodox jurisdictions and individuals, the pandemic is an opportunity to show a panicked world the extraordinary steadiness of the Orthodox faith and of those who uphold it. One…

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Coptic Orthodox Communion in the Age of COVID-19
Liturgical Life

Coptic Orthodox Communion in the Age of COVID-19

ελληνικά The Eucharist or communion is one of seven sacraments at the heart of the Coptic Orthodox faith. The sacrament takes place during the Liturgy of the Faithful—the “Anaphora,” which concludes with receiving communion. Copts consider communion as a “mystery.” They favor the older verbiage of “change,” meaning that the elements of communion literally turn…

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