A conversation for “The Path of Orthodoxy“, Paschal edition, 2020
Christ is Risen, Your Grace! We are joyously celebrating the Feast of feasts even though we find ourselves under unprecedented circumstances, at least for our generation. The coronavirus, that enemy invisible to the naked eye, has prevented the gathering of the faithful in the churches of your Diocese and throughout the world. How did you celebrate the Lord's Pascha in your diocesan cathedral?
Indeed He is risen!
Many clever people have already made sufficiently deep evaluatons about the broader effects of this virus. These effects go beyond biology and touch on psychology and ecology, so I would not say anything new here. I know only that "even the very hairs on our head are all numbered" (Mt 10:30), and that even through adverse circumstances, the Lord directs history towards its end. But, the lessons of this pandemic will be much better learned once it ends.