Montenegro, March 17, 2020
In compliance with regulations from the government in light of the international coronavirus epidemic, the Metropolis of Montenegro of the Serbian Orthodox Church announced that it will put a hold on its bi-weekly cross processions in protest against the recently-adopted law that grants the state the authority to seize sacred sites and property from the Church.
However, in an effort to preserve the spirit and faith displayed in the protests, the Montenegrin faithful have switched over to a campaign of increased prayer at home.
Whereas the processions were held every Thursday and Sunday, the faithful are now called to pray together from their homes in the new, "Every House Is a Church" program, reports the Montenegro Direct Line Telegram channel.
“The purpose of the campaign is to preserve the spirit of protest during the quarantine. Thus, on Sunday, all participants in the event turned on radio Svetigora, which broadcast the ringing of the bells. Thus, they rang out in every home and the litiyas, in fact, continued. The campaign has already received massive support,” the report reads.
The report includes a video of some children joining in the campaign:
Svetigora is the official radio station of the Serbian Church in Montenegro, which began broadcasting in June 1998.
As reported yesterday, Montenegro is the only European country to have no confirmed cases of coronavirus.