The Chancellery of the Holy Synod has announced a new program of prayer in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, beginning March 25, on the feast of the Annunciation, calling upon all faithful to join one another in common prayer daily at noon, each from his own home, while church and monastery bells ring out throughout the country.
Full text of the announcement:
In this difficult time of trials related to the pandemic, the clergy and laity of our Church, being physically separated in terms of the place of worship, can still unite through a common midday prayer.
For this purpose, the bells of all Orthodox churches in Romania will ring at noon for 1-2 minutes on the feast of the Annunciation, then on every Sunday, and then on every day when a service is celebrated in parishes and monasteries.
During this common prayer, we call on the laity, staying in their homes, to recite the Our Father, the kontakion of the Annunciation, “To Thee, the Champion Leader,” and other prayers. Priests in parishes and monasteries will also read the special prayer for the end of the pandemic.
English text by OrthoChristian
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