The priest urged to refrain from kissing icons in churches on the Annunciation

MOSCOW, April 7 – RIA Novosti. You should refrain from kissing the icons in the church, if they are not wiped with disinfectant solution, do not crowd, and also wear masks – and responsibly observe these rules, said in an interview with RIA Novosti the well-known Orthodox missionary, rector of the Church of the Forty Sebastian Martyrs in the Spasskaya Sloboda, Archpriest Maxim Pervozvansky.

The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos on Wednesday. The Annunciation is twelve, one of the twelve major church holidays. According to the Gospel, the Virgin Mary received the good news from the angel – a message that she would give birth to a son of God. In honor of this event, a holiday was established. “It is better not to apply to icons. Restrictions on kissing icons have not been removed – we are limited to respectful worship in front of the icon. In some churches, a man stands near the festive icon, who after each wipes the icon with an alcohol napkin. Also, priests should not give a cross for kissing, they simply bless with the cross and touch the head, “said Pervozvansky.

According to him, now the main sanitary requirements in churches are wearing masks and keeping a distance. In this regard, he noted that the parishioners have a “strange tradition” to crowd in the temple. “There is no need to crowd – everyone will hear and see, behave calmly,” the archpriest advised.

“We must demonstrate a certain level of consciousness and continue to observe these (sanitary – ed.) Rules so that there are no reasons and complaints from those who want to find these reasons. There are still four weeks until Easter. Let's be prudent. This is especially true for those who have not been ill and I have not been vaccinated (against coronavirus – ed.). Unfortunately, I see both from the reports of friends and from our parishioners that new infections are taking place and people continue to get sick and die, “Pervozvansky said. Священник призвал воздержаться от целования икон в храмах на Благовещение Religion and worldview

In general, the priest noted, there are still no serious restrictions in the churches of the Russian Orthodox Church due to the epidemic. “One can rejoice, because our Western brothers are forced to celebrate Easter without public services for the second time in a row,” the agency's interlocutor concluded.

The Gospel tells about the feast of the Annunciation as follows: the archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary and said: “Rejoice, grace-filled! The Lord is with you; blessed are you among women … and, behold, you will conceive in your womb, and give birth to a son, and you will call his name: Jesus.” The virgin was at first bewildered, not understanding “how it will be when I don't know my husband.” “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the Holy One being born will be called the Son of God,” the angel explained. To this Mary humbly replied, “Behold, the Servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.” On the feast of the Annunciation, there are indulgences in the lenten menu: fish and wine are allowed. Festive chants are sung in churches, the clergy on this day changes dark vestments for festive – light ones. Священник призвал воздержаться от целования икон в храмах на Благовещение Religion and worldview

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