Tag: Coronavirus

The Church’s Strength
Christian Practice

The Church’s Strength

by His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrosios Zografos of Korea 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…

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An Orthodox Ethos of Solidarity Against COVID-19
Ethics

An Orthodox Ethos of Solidarity Against COVID-19

by Rev. Dr. Nicolas Kazarian In the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it is often hard or even impossible to think about what comes next, after the crisis ends. What will our life after lockdown look like? What will happen to our personal dynamics after social distancing? And what about our spiritual life after not…

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The Church without the Eucharist Is No Longer the Church<span class='secondary-title'>A (telephone) conversation with Metropolitan of Pergamon John Zizioulas (March 23, 2020)</span>
Ecclesiology, Liturgical Life, Theology

The Church without the Eucharist Is No Longer the ChurchA (telephone) conversation with Metropolitan of Pergamon John Zizioulas (March 23, 2020)

ελληνικά | ру́сский | српски We wish to hear your views on the current situation, since your theology plays a great role in the present circumstances. Metropolitan John: My theology, unfortunately, cannot be applied. In Greece they have already closed the churches, and the Divine Liturgy is not being served. Is it served in Serbia?…

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

COVID-19 and Christian (?) Dualism

by Cyril Hovorun | 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…

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Shame or Love in the Age of Pandemic
Christian Practice, Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life

Shame or Love in the Age of Pandemic

by Fr. Elias Villis | Ελληνικά | ру́сский When Archbishop Elpidophoros submitted an encyclical regarding COVID-19 to his faithful on behalf of the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, what I found more scandalous and tragic than the pandemic itself was the judgmental and self-righteous voice from so many “faithful” (both clergy/hierarchs…

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Do the Sacraments Prevent Illness?<span class='secondary-title'>A Survey of Liturgical Sources</span>
Liturgical Life

Do the Sacraments Prevent Illness?A Survey of Liturgical Sources

by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Denysenko | ελληνικά | ру́сский | српски The global COVID-19 crisis has ignited a number of difficult discussions among Christians. The method used to distribute Holy Communion is fiercely debated. In the Churches that remain open, many Protestants and Catholics are withholding the cup, so faithful are receiving in one kind…

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Fasting from Communion in a Pandemic
Christian Practice

Fasting from Communion in a Pandemic

by Mark Roosien | Ελληνικά St Mary of Egypt, it is said, received Holy Communion exactly once after she fled to the desert to repent: on the day of her death. 17 years of life in the wilderness were spent deprived of Body and Blood of Christ in the eucharist. This was not normal practice…

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Coronavirus and Communion
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life

Coronavirus and Communion

by Will Cohen | Ελληνικά | ру́сский | српски 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…

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

Coptic Orthodox Communion in the Age of COVID-19

by Febe Armanios | 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…

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