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.
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.
“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).
By Fr. Zechariah Lynch of the OCA.
current, even within Orthodox circles, the idea is being put forth that
if I, as a person, truly cared about others I would stay at home. This
staying at home includes forgoing attending church.
are saying things like “don’t try to be a hero.” Others are proposing
that staying at home is a true reflection of Christian concern and love
In this post I will be addressing this issue and I will be giving an opposing view to those reflected above.
“Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting our rulers to prevail over adversaries, and protecting Your commonwealth by Your Cross.”