In connection with the coronavirus pandemic, the Moscow Patriarchate recommended that believers pray at home during Holy week and Easter and not attend services, as reported on Friday, April 10, in the Telegram channel of the working group under the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia.
“The clergy of monasteries and parishes, guided by the blessing of his Holiness the Patriarch, are recommended to call parishioners to home prayer until the restrictions imposed by the authorities are lifted. This applies, among other things, to Holy week and the Easter holiday,” the message reads.
At the same time, the document States that “if the sanitary and epidemiological situation allows the possibility of visiting churches by parishioners or part of them, a list of specific measures to ensure the safety of clergy and parishioners is attached.”
In addition, the working group recommended that the clergy encourage parishioners to stay at home both on palm Sunday and on Easter.
A day earlier, it was reported that the Moscow authorities terminated the contract for holding Easter events in the capital.
Earlier, on April 2, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), Chairman of the Synodal Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate, called on parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) to be ready to limit themselves to broadcasting the Easter service of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia, but added that the consecration of kulichs will take place before the holiday.
From March 29 to may 1 in Moscow, due to the spread of the coronavirus, by order of the mayor of the capital, Sergei Sobyanin, a mandatory self-isolation regime is in effect. Citizens are allowed to leave their homes only in cases of urgent need: when visiting doctors, going to a store or pharmacy, and for walking Pets.
As of April 10, the total number of cases in Russia exceeded 11.9 thousand people. 94 people died. 795 people recovered. Over the past day, 1124 new cases were detected in Moscow.
All up-to-date information on the situation with coronavirus is available on the websites stopcoronavirus.RF and accessvsem.of the Russian Federation and the hashtag #Myvote. Hotline number: 8 (800) 2000-112.
Russia also launched the hashtag #melitusom.