Orthodox patriarch immobilized by COVID-19


Interfax-Religiia, 8 October 2020


Patriarch of Moscow and all-Rus Kirill did not participate in the traditional celebration of the day of the repose of Saint Sergius of Radonezh, which is marked on 8 October, because he is in quarantine.


"With the most profound regret I would like to testify that I am not able at this time to share the joy of prayerful fellowship with all of you. The reason for this is my recent contacts with a person who was discovered to have a coronavirus infection. The time necessary according to medical prescriptions for my personal quarantine has still not expired. I thought it to be impossible to subject all of you to the danger of infection," a letter from the patriarch to the abbot of the Holy Trinity Saint Sergius lavra, Bishop Foma, says.


The patriarch recalled that the current pandemic is a serious trial, which provides the possibility of being convinced of the power of prayer.


"From every trial, including from the current one, there exist two outcomes: either a person is broken internally, losing faith and hope in God's help, or a person comes out of the situation strengthened with the awareness that everything happens according to the providence of the Almighty. God grant that the trials being experienced may serve to confirm our people in faith and turn many people to Christ, the primate wished. (tr. by PDS, posted 9 October 2020)

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