Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Sunday expressed his view that there is no danger of becoming infected by the coronavirus from receiving Holy Communion.
The Patriarch, whose seat is in the Phanar in Istanbul, Turkey, officiated at the Divine Liturgy celebrated for the feast of St. Panteleimon at the church of St. Panteleimon in Galata, Constantinople.
In his speech, His Holiness thanked God for this blessed meeting of the spiritual father with his children, the Russian-speaking flock of the Archdiocese of Constantinople.
“I came to you today at the invitation of Father Timotheos and Father Alexios, to pray together. And to honor the memory of St. Panteleimon, who is a great doctor, and today, as we are going through a difficult period with the pandemic, we need Agios Panteleimon and all the Holy Anargyros doctors much more than ever. We ask St. Panteleimon to protect us from the dangers of Covid-19, the coronavirus.”
The Patriarch then congratulated the faithful because almost all of them partook of the ancient mystery of Communion. “You will know that lately there has been a lot of talk, a lot of discussion, about Holy Communion,” Bartholomew noted.
He then added “We firmly believe that by taking in the Body and Blood of the Lord, there is no danger of getting the coronavirus. That is why, as the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we have not changed the way Holy Communion is given.”