The joint virtual photo exhibition “Church in the Period of a Pandemic” was organized by the Rostov, Shakhty, Yakutsk and Yaroslavl dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church.
As part of the project, its authors presented not only photographs of divine services at empty churches, but also cited the opinions of clergy and parishioners about their experience, “which made them think about how to build relationships in their family, in the parish, and in the Church,” reports Patriarchia.ru.
The creators’ goal was to tell people about the social service of the dioceses and parishes during the difficult period of the pandemic and about the help of volunteers and all those who were not indifferent and who responded to someone else’s misfortune.
“We should all think very seriously about what this universal attack means. What does this disease mean, from which you cannot hide anywhere? God sends sickness as punishment or correction, and sometimes one is related to the other. And it is very important that this disease, this mortal fear should help all of us change for the better. In the end, we must realize the truth which is obvious to a person who lives according to the laws of faith, but which is completely unclear to non-believers. It’s time for them to think! What is this truth? And the truth is that God is the Creator of the world, and human destiny depends on Him,” the project’s website quotes the words of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.