I would argue that the most troubling and obvious issue plaguing Christianity today is the fear of death. Coronavirus has ripped cover off that secret. It’s been exposed and there is no hiding this terrible and shameful fact. We, the people of the resurrection are afraid, nay, terrified of inevitable death. Our treasures have been stored here in our temporal life and we shake our fists when an aged person beyond 80 years old dies. “It isn’t fair,” we cry in anger. It is as though we believe that death is a punishment and that earth is heaven.(more…)
You all are upset about what the MSM tells you to be upset about. They feed you fear and you swallow it up wholesale. They told you to be angry and fearful of a virus and you were. They told you to be angry at people who question the oppression and you were. People like me have been fighting against the dehumanization of people and you mocked us and told us we are unloving first peacefully assembling and defending ALL of us from oppression. Then the media decides that you don’t need to be afraid of the virus anymore. Now it’s cops (hello?!). Did the virus go away? You all aren’t worried about the virus killing protesters now, because two weeks ago people were telling me that they hope the virus kills me for my “selfishness” and “stupidity”.
The big hashtag this lent has been #paschainthedesert, and what a desert it’s been. The multitudes of faithful Christians–especially in America–have been without the sacraments. It’s been a difficult journey and time, but my faith has been renewed and invigorated by priests who have so bravely refused to allow the fear of plague to discontinue the Divine Liturgy and giving of our life-giving sacraments to the faithful.
The Church has been tested with fire (1 Corinthians 3:10-23 & Proverbs 17:3). We are being purified.(more…)
THE FULL TEXT OF THE ELDER EVTHYMIOS’ LETTER (Translation) Posted from: https://orthodoxethos.com/post/the-coronavirus-crisis-letter-from-the-holy-mountain
Epistle by Priestmonk Euthymius, Kapsala, Mount Athos: 4/14/2020
The critical days that we are traversing and the sacredness of the days of Holy Week command rather silence and prayer. Nevertheless, because some opinions were recently circulated under my name on the internet, I shall mention the following so that the truth may be re-establish and harm be avoided. I have never told people to store food because of an impending war, and I have never prophesied the end of the threat of the virus, as some have irresponsibly and falsely diffused.
Also, without my permission they have posted my discussions with inexact and self-contradictory views of mine concerning the coronavirus, which caused questions. My views are clear in what follows. They are completely personal, without any desire of imposing them on others. To the many unbearable problems which men have, the threat of the virus has now been added too, which has ended up a nightmare. People suffer more from their fear, panic, and involuntary reclusion than they do from the virus.(more…)
“To partake of the holy Body and Blood of Christ is good and beneficial; for He says quite plainly: ‘He that eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.’ Who can doubt that to share continually in life is the same thing as having life abundantly?” (St Basil the Great).
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” (St. John 6.51).(more…)
Day 41: Glory to God, we were able to have our churching!(more…)