The head of the patriarchal commission for family affairs during his sermon in a Moscow church said that since the epidemic began in the country, human egoism has been replaced by volunteering and a desire to do something useful for others. “An understanding has emerged of some Christian qualities of the soul that are very important for the church”, - Interfax writes with reference to Smirnov’s words.
The priest noted that people, including doctors and priests who contracted a new disease and died, gave their lives for the benefit of their neighbor. The priest appealed to the patience of the Russians, as the fundamental foundation on which the Orthodox Church is based. In his opinion, through the patience, a person acquires important qualities of the soul.
Earlier, Smirnov suggested that the Russians, who were left without money for self-isolation, go ask for the alms. Patriarch Kirill asked wealthy parishioners to support the church financially, as the income of the Russian Orthodox Church fell significantly after the closure of churches. The priest of the Yekaterinburg eparchy called the leadership cowardly in front of the coronavirus and cursed everyone who closes the church, he was renditioned from the preaching.