In addition to Metropolitan Eugene, Metropolitan Vincent of Uzbekistan, Vladyka of Chelyabinsk Alexy, Bishop of Orsk Irenaeus, Bishop of Kamensk and Kamyshlovsk Methodius, Bishop of Isilkul Theodosius, Bishop of Zlatoust, Bishop Vincent of Zlatoust and Bishop of Nizhny Tagil and Nizhny Tagil and informs edition Ura.ru. Bishop Irenaeus of Orsk and Gaysky said in a conversation with representatives of the portal that although the procession cannot officially be called a procession of the cross, it will still go after the service ends.
“If I do not go along the highway, not along the highway, but along the path towards Ganina Yama, what am I breaking? Further, look, people will all go, keeping their distance, open area. There is no fear, on the contrary. If everyone gathered in the room, then one would be indignant. And they will perform the service at night on the street. On the street, it’s important, ”the newspaper quoted him as saying.
As one of the pilgrims told the portal, nothing can stop them from fulfilling their “holy mission”.
“If someone goes this year and I go – what will hold us back? We live with God, the Lord Father is our protection. We will go with faith and love, ”he stressed.
A resident of the Sverdlovsk region, who wished to remain anonymous, said in a conversation with representatives of the publication that “you need to go, no matter what.”
“Of course, the coronavirus is making itself felt. But I came to the procession not to think that I would get sick, but for the love of the royal family. Because they died for us. I have to pray for them, I also have a family, ”she said.
Earlier, the authorities of the Sverdlovsk region banned the “Tsar’s Days” and, in particular, the traditional religious procession due to the danger of the spread of coronavirus infection.
The governor of the region, Evgeny Kuyvashev, posted on Instagram a photo from the march, which took place in 2020 and noted that the participants did not observe the mask regime and social distance.
“Then it seemed to us that the pandemic was on the decline, but that was only the end of the first wave. There are several proven cases that people got sick just after the “Tsar’s days”. They took the disease pretty hard, ”he explained.
However, the Yekaterinburg Metropolitanate stated that the governor’s refusal to agree on the procession does not mean that there should not be one.
“It simply does not have the status of an agreed event. Probably, it will be fraught with difficulties for people to pass, ”the Russian Orthodox Church noted.
In response to the Governor’s statement, Metropolitan Eugene explained that the procession “has long outgrown the framework of an ordinary ‘event’ and has become sacred for many people.”
“People will follow the holy path – this is obvious. Will they walk along safely blocked streets? Or on narrow sidewalks next to dangerously speeding cars? Or “goat paths”? Time will tell, ”the Metropolitan said.
The press service of the Yekaterinburg diocese later announced that all sanitary standards would be observed at the event.
“During the night service, volunteers of the Orthodox Mercy Service will work on the site – measure the temperature at the entrance, issue masks, treat hands with a disinfectant, and monitor the observance of social distance,” the diocese said.