2020-03-17 11:05:00

Russian Orthodox Church won't abolish liturgies even if coronavirus spreads

Moscow, March 17, Interfax - Clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church will not give up celebrating divine liturgies even if coronavirus spreads, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion said.

"I can tell you exactly: we will not close our churches and abolish divine services," head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropoitan Hilarion said in The Church and the World program on Rossiya-24 TV.

However, he said that the question of who will attend the services, how people should behave themselves, how to protect people, it is a question which the Church will answer in every concrete case depending on how the virus spreads, paying attention to what city authorities and doctors say. "The Church won't stand apart of what is going on, and will always care not only for spiritual, but also for physical health of its members," the hierarch said.