Tag: Pandemic

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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The Conspiratorial Cleric
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Orthodoxy and Modernity

The Conspiratorial Cleric

Read part one of this two-part essay In 2020, Orthodox Church in America (OCA) Archbishop Alexander (Golitzin) of Dallas and the South warned his flock in a diocesan letter about the teachings of Fr. Peter Heers, which His Grace noted were “sanctioned by no canonical jurisdiction.” While the focus on Heers’s canonical status has demanded…

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Pastoral or Provocative? Patriarch Bartholomew’s Visit to Ukraine
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Pastoral or Provocative? Patriarch Bartholomew’s Visit to Ukraine

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски Much has happened in the time that has elapsed since Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople granted autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) in 2018-19. The world continues to struggle through the pandemic. Natural disasters are destroying lives at home and abroad. Pictures 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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The New Serbian Patriarch and the Burden of Old Territorial Problems
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Religion and Politics

The New Serbian Patriarch and the Burden of Old Territorial Problems

български | ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски Of all the Orthodox churches, the Serbian church was hit the hardest by the Covid pandemic, which resulted in the death of its Patriarch Irinej as well as that of the highest bishop in neighboring Montenegro, Metropolitan Amfilohije. While the Serbian and Balkan media will be…

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On Love and Beauty in a Time of Pandemic
Theology

On Love and Beauty in a Time of Pandemic

български | ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски This article is edited from the Closing Address for the Institute for Studies in Eastern Christianity (ISEC) 2020 Conference: “Evil and Spiritual Combat in a time of Pandemic.” While our recent celebration of the birth of the Christ Child continues and mingles now with hints of…

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The Virtual and Spiritual Networks of Hagia Sophia
Culture and Arts

The Virtual and Spiritual Networks of Hagia Sophia

ქართულ | Ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски Like all Byzantine art historians, I am concerned about the conversion this year of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Not being able to travel because of the pandemic, I only know about the current state of the building from images on the internet and from friends…

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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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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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St. Tikhon Condemns Racism during Epidemic
Church History

St. Tikhon Condemns Racism during Epidemic

Română | ру́сский In the midst of pandemic and protests over racial injustice, it is important to remember that the connection between disease and racism in North America is not a new one: Europeans extended their domination over the land and the indigenous populations that lived on it in large part through their decimation caused…

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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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“Remember, O Lord…”: Liturgy, History, and Communion Spoons in a Time of Pandemic
Church History, Liturgical Life

“Remember, O Lord…”: Liturgy, History, and Communion Spoons in a Time of Pandemic

ελληνικά | ру́сский In recent weeks, Church authorities have been looking for historical precedent to find ways of continuing ministry to the faithful and maintaining worship in churches during a time of global pandemic—because, as others have pointed out, closing houses of worship and ceasing to serve the Liturgy is not an option for the…

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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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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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The Bread, the Wine, and the Mode of Being
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life, Theology

The Bread, the Wine, and the Mode of Being

ελληνικά | српски The recent reappearance of the ancient terror of a pandemic has prompted fertile conversation among theologians and literary people across the world. Various opinions have been articulated, such as that disease can be transmitted through the current way of distributing holy communion, or that the Eucharistic Gifts themselves can be bearers and…

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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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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

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 and laity) who spoke against…

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Fasting from Communion in a Pandemic
Christian Practice

Fasting from Communion in a Pandemic

 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 at the time for…

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