Thursday, April 2, 2020

Scientific Studies on the Transmission of Infectious Diseases Through Holy Communion


Often when discussing the issue of the possibility of the transmission of infectious diseases through Holy Communion, anecdotal evidence at best is presented, though usually it is more about speculations and personal beliefs. However, since the late 19th century there have been numerous scientific studies that actually give us hard scientific evidence. Most of these studies have been done in Anglican, Methodist and Lutheran churches with their debate of many decades regarding the use of the common communion cup. Using the common cup is similar to using a common spoon by Orthodox Christians. However, with the Orthodox practice, it can be added that after each communicant receives communion the priest dips the spoon in warmed wine before communicating the Holy Gifts again, which can serve as a disinfectant; this important factor is not determined in the conclusions of the studies below. Also, for those Orthodox Christians who argue for the miraculous properties of the Holy Gifts, the studies below should eliminate this factor and examines it by its physical properties alone. It is only on this basis that conclusions can be drawn. As far as I know, no such study has been done with the Orthodox practice, which should be considered.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Sotirios Tsiodras, Greece's Top Expert in Infectious Diseases and a Devout Orthodox Christian


As of March 24th, 2020, the Coronavirus is responsible for 20 deaths and 743 cases in Greece. Despite this, the government is acting as though the numbers are higher. A protagonist in Greece’s battle against coronavirus is immunologist Sotiris Tsiodras, the government spokesperson for coronavirus-related measures.

Mr. Tsiodras is the father of seven children with a CV that runs over 27 pages. He is dubbed the “new beloved of Greeks” by the French newspaper Le Figaro, and he holds the burden of daily informing Greeks of what is in store in the ‘war’ against Covid-19.

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Spread of the Coronavirus and its Consequences on the Life of the Church During Great Lent


Metropolitan Nicholas (Hatzinikolaou) 
of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki

February 27, 2020

There is a widespread upheaval these days which is on the rise around the world on the occasion of a new type of virus, which is unfortunately being reproduced and magnified by the media, with the Prime Minister even being forced to declare: "The biggest opponent is not the coronavirus but panic." Indeed this is more easily transmitted than viruses!

Protecting our health is certainly not a bad thing. Panic is the evil. Preventive measures and prudence have nothing to do with it. Inattention or exaggeration is the problem.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Saint Paisios the Athonite and the Chemist


The following testimony comes from a priest and theological professor from Brussels with the initials K.K., whose full name appears in the book where the testimony can be found in Όσιος Παΐσιος ο Αγιορείτης (1924-1994), Μαρτυρίες προσκυνητών (vol. 1, 7th edition).

In the spring of 1989 a Greek researcher, a chemist from the European Commission, had entered the Holy Mountain with me, and for him it was the first time coming.