In the history of Christianity, there have been times when Pascha was celebrated during various social disasters, so the spread of the coronavirus infection will not interfere with its celebration this year, said Vladimir Legoyda, Head of the Synodal Department for Church’s Relations with Society and Mass Media.
“When fellow journalists ask me: “What will happen with Pascha?”, I always answer: “Pascha will take place!” Pascha was celebrated during plagues, wars and other disasters, we will celebrate it this year as well,” said Vladimir Legoyda in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Speaking about the fact that Christ’s Pascha “symbolizes victory over death and all sufferings and imperfections of the world around us,” the representative of the Church added that the joy of this feast day “cannot be called into question by any external circumstances.”
“The only thing we should consider when celebrating Pascha is safety, so as not to endanger fellow believers and those around us. Christians celebrated Pascha even at the time when they could be killed on a daily basis. We’ll find a way to be with the Risen Christ on this day this time as well,” said V. Legoyda.
Regarding the form of the celebration of Pascha this year, Vladimir Legoyda explained that it is yet too early to say what the celebration will be like exactly, because “the situation changes all the time and it’s over two weeks until the feast day”.