The Week in Pictures: May 11 – 17, 2020

After two months of waiting, Orthodox Romanians were able to participate in the Divine Liturgy. The joy of this moment was captured by photographers throughout Romania. Here is our weekly selection of pictures.

Waiting for the end of the state of emergency, the Parish of Saint Nicholas in Socola drew flowers to mark the places where the faithful will stay during the Divine Liturgy, respecting the social distancing requirements. Photo: Facebook / St Nicholas Parish
A monk from the Holy Mount Athos painting St Euphrosynus in a workshop in Kapsala region. Photo: Facebook / Mount Athos – Greece
The young people painted flowers on the pavement in front of the Diocesan Cathedral “Holy Trinity” in Baia Mare to mark the places where the faithful will attend services during the national state of alert. Photo: ASCOR Baia Mare
Pocrov Skete on a cloudy morning. Located in a meadow with secular forests, approximately 4 km from the Neamț Monastery, at the foot of the Chiriacu mountain, the hermitage was built in 1714 by Saint Pachomius of Gledin. Photo: Protosyncellus Ambrozie Ghinescu
Sheltered under their umbrellas, people in Baia Mare participated in the first Divine Liturgy after the end of the national state of emergency. Photo: Diocese of Maramureș & Sătmar
Priest wearing protection mask walks by the entrance of the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest. Photo: / Raluca Ene
Tomb of Saint Onuphrius of Sihăstria Voronei. Photo: Andrei Manolea
Cheerful boy holding a cross after the Divine Liturgy. Photo: George Florin
Wooden cross hanging on the walls of the Three Holy Hierarchs Monastery in Iasi. Photo: Maria Sarsaniuc
Dobroteasa Church in Bucharest. The name of “dobroteasa” is of Slavic origin and it means “The Good Mother”. Photo: Ionuț-Daniel Barbu
The Diocese of Deva purchased 250 tablets for students in the final grades to help them complete the courses and pass the online exams. Photo: Diocese of Deva & Hunedoara
Belvedere Regie Church posted a welcome message for the believers returning to divine services after the state of emergency. Photo: Mariana Călărașu
The faithful met again at the Divine Liturgy on the Hill of the Patriarchate on the first Sunday after the end of the state of emergency. Photo: / Raluca Ene
Believers kneeling on the footsteps of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Iasi on the first Sunday after the national state of emergency. Photo: Andrei Cucu
The people of Argeș gathered around the statue of Saint Neagoe Basarab in front of the Orthodox Cathedral at Curtea de Argeș to participate in the Divine Liturgy. Photo: Facebook / Archdiocese of Argeș & Muscel
His Grace Benedict of Bistrița, assistant bishop to the Archdiocese of Vad, Feleac and Cluj, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the “Mihai Vodă” Monastery in Turda, Cluj County. Photo: Facebook / Metropolis of Cluj
In order to comply with the measures imposed by the authorities, the churches looked for different solutions to mark the recommended distance between the participants in the services. Photo: / Mircea Florescu
Orthodox believers in Greece returned to churches after two months in which the participation of the faithful in services was forbidden. Photo: Orthodox Times
Georgian priests took to the streets of Tbilisi, marking the “Family Purity Day”, an event held by the Georgian Orthodox Church. The event took place for the first time in 2014. Photo:

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