Consider yourself lucky... in my parish about 80% wear the face mask.I think 1 Corinthians 10:28-33 applies here, although we're not eating, we're performing actions as sacrifice to the idol of public opinion. Ideally, you should have no issue wearing a mask yourself, but you're to be bothered with the impact it has around you; with that in mind, to wear a mask is not to love your brother, to wear a mask is to make the statement "either you or I or potentially diseased, and there should be additional barriers between us". I don't believe my brother should be treated as a leper. In my parish we have a few people that wear masks, and it really bothers me. I need to sit down and flesh out a list of why it shouldn't be then talk to the priest.
If veneration of icons were prohibited, or communion was altered/ceased, there would be no reason to go to church, since the priests/bishops put themselves outside the Orthodox church. The real church would be underground again, for those things are not optional.
It's not going to change, social
distancingalienation is here to stay. It was the whole point of this mass hysteria, to further break down bonds and divide people, so they won't rebel when the economy disintegrates. I didn't foresee the enforcement of masks, but it makes sense why they're pushed from a control perspective. Climate change didn't bother many people, but the germ fearmongering sure did.
My opinion might seem extreme but I believe that veering from tradition even the slightest isn't good and surely turning a church into some sort of Eucharist drive-thru is blasphemy.At my Trad Catholic church, we have been having drive-in Masses where the priest will bring communion to people but you have to get out of the car and kneel (with the exception of one very old lady who had trouble moving and they let her stay in the car and receive communion). Is this blasphemy?
Why do your hierarchs think icon veneration is optional?I went to church today worried that I would be turned away at the doors. I didn't register early enough online to get a spot on the list but I went anyway. I was allowed in but if there was another parish council member at the door I'm fairly certain I would not have been allowed in.
The Church is strangling itself by complying with these orders (not even laws by the way). At my parish, the state only allows less than a quarter of the normal Sunday parishioners to attend, masks must be worn, and the icons are taped off (Lord have mercy). How do you spread the Gospel when you won't even share it with your flock? It would be better to go underground at this point.
I understand the necessity to comply with laws that are not sinful, but I believe taping off icons and basically closing 75% of the church is horrible. Those icons aren't museum paintings.
Well they were getting out of their cars for communion, so not really a “drive-thru.”My opinion might seem extreme but I believe that veering from tradition even the slightest isn't good and surely turning a church into some sort of Eucharist drive-thru is blasphemy.
Then again, that is what my soul feels. I'm no priest or clergy, so maybe they could elaborate.
Well they were getting out of their cars for communion, so not really a “drive-thru.”
But in any case, what if the only options are either to have drive-in Mass or no Mass at all?
In your opinion, would no Mass at all be better?
If that video is correct, and I have no reason to believe it isn't, then I'm in a bad position. Both my church and my fiancee's church, which I am getting married in, have forbidden kissing the icons.Why do your hierarchs think icon veneration is optional?
The way to Heaven and the way to not go to Hell is to accept our Lord Jesus Christ into our hearts.Why do your hierarchs think icon veneration is optional?