Painful Need

It doesn’t bother anybody that alcohol stores and pot dispensaries are open because they are “essential.” At the same time, everybody is losing their shit over religious people who still want to go to church.

I understand not having religious feelings but why is it so hard to comprehend that spiritual needs can be quite as painful and pressing as an alcoholic’s need for booze?

I’ll have to watch the all-night Easter service online. It hurts. There’s a limited number of Easters I can have before I kick the bucket, and now one of them is gone.

15 thoughts on “Painful Need”

  1. The decision about what’s essential and what’s not is based in many states on recommendations from political donors and the Chamber of Commerce, and looks to be capricious at best. In any case, I’m all for religious gatherings. Why miss the opportunity to meet one’s deity sooner rather than later?

    We’ve lost a string of 30 year olds to the virus including a baseball coach and a firefighter. The age distribution of those with the virus in our local community has as many people under age 11 infected as over age 86. We’re still learning what this thing does and to whom.


  2. The liquor sores are an interesting, some states closed them and then decided to re-open them because there are a large number of addicts and withdraw is fatal. I dont think weed shops really have a good excuse. Church is closed because there have been so many large cluster infections at churches. Not sure why plane trips dont seems to be traced to as many clusters given people are similarly sitting really close together for a long period of time. On the plus side, things looked a little better for the US yesterday, I hope it continues.


  3. I’m trying to convince my husband that we should go Pascha caroling. We wouldn’t have to get close to anyone– maybe just drive to a few of our fellow parishioners’ houses, stand in the driveway, and sing the Paschal Canon. It seems too weird and sad to stay at home.


  4. The problem with churches is that they are crowded. assorted shops can maintain physical distance between people by restricting the number allowed in at once. Churches cannot do this.


    1. Maybe some are crowded. In ours we could easily guarantee a distance of 10 feet between parishioners.

      But that’s not even the point. Our diocese forbids in-person services, so that’s that. It the lack of comprehension among the general public because many people can’t even conceive of any needs but the strictly physiological ones.


      1. “In ours we could easily guarantee a distance of 10 feet between parishioners.”


        And, I simply can’t believe that your post has so far collected 4 thumbs down on it – how miserable these people must be in their own lives to signal actively their dislike of someone’s hurt because this horrid disease has closed her church on what she believes to be the holiest, most joyful day of the year. V. v. sad, actually…

        If you can find a few minutes, I encourage you to listen to the reflections of Fr Andrew Morbey of St. Mary’s OCA Cathedral in Minneapolis delivered yesterday morning on locking the church doors from the perspective of the Orthodox – it’s approximately from the 2 hour 40 minute mark to the 2 hour 49 minute mark – perhaps it might help.

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  5. At least, you can watch the Easter service online. Religious Jews cannot turn on a computer or even use a cell phone during Shabbat or the first and last days of Passover. The traditional seder meal this year won’t have entire families gathered.

    At least, not religious Jews can use Zoom or Skype, or watch the special seder evening on TV. Religious Jews will be each in one’s own flat with electric devices turned off and w/o ability to connect with their extended families.

    Since you described yourself as having coronavirus-like symptoms, imagine what would’ve happened had you gone to church and made everyone ill. In Israel, the virus is especially widespread in Orthodox Jewish cities, with medical officials saying Purim celebrations and synagogues were the major places of virus distribution:

    “Synagogues, Yeshivas and Hospitals: Most Coronavirus Prone Locations in Israel
    Analysis of Health Ministry’s contact tracing information shows 30 percent of patients visited synagogues or yeshivas, possibly linked to Purim celebrations this month”


    Israel’s coronavirus death toll up to 56, with 8,649 confirmed cases

    Israel facing nationwide lockdown during Passover holy days
    Government fears Israelis will be tempted to leave their homes for the traditionally family-oriented holiday; cabinet delays meeting to impose further restrictions on predominately ultra-Orthodox cities, reportedly at behest of Haredi ministers Deri and Litzman

    According to reports, the cabinet is expected to pass a measure tonight forbidding all movement between cities, beginning Tuesday.
    The measure will mean people are not allowed to leave their hometowns.
    The measure is expected to go into effect Tuesday afternoon at 4 pm, and is expected to be lifted Friday at 6 am.


  6. Clarissa, would you attend church services if your church took absolutely no precautions during covid-19?
    Like this local church failed to ?

    [Religious services are exempted under the state order. The state is fighting with the counties. The counties fight with the cities. But a lot of religious institutions are not having regular services.]


    1. No, I wouldn’t. I started staying away two weeks before the diocese closed services.

      Not that this changes anything in the larger point of people understanding the need for booze better than the need for a sense of peace achieved in a drug-free way.


  7. This woman has achieved peace in a drug free way:

    “I wouldn’t be anywhere else,” the woman said, referring to the church.

    “Aren’t you concerned you can infect other people if you get sick inside?” Tuchman asked.

    “No,” the woman responds. “I’m covered in Jesus’ blood. I’m covered in Jesus’ blood.”

    “But what about other people who don’t go to this church who you might encounter?” Tuchman pressed.

    “I go to the grocery store every day. I’m in Walmart, Home Depot. All of those people,” she said.

    “But you could get them sick,” Tuchman fired back.
    “They could get me sick. But they’re not because I’m covered in his blood. Thank you very much,” she said before driving off.

    [Ohio exempted churches from the current stay at home order. There’ s a new one which takes place this Monday night and lasts until May 1] ]


  8. Booze or pot are material and even more importantly items that are consumed and most people now just aren’t attuned to non-commercial needs.

    I’m incapable of anything like religious faith but I understand that most people aren’t freaks like me and I think it is very sad that they’re being cut off from something that’s important to their well-being.

    I think one tactic that might work for some is something like the old Catholic idea of “offering it up” though I don’t know if it works for orthodox (or even if its an official Catholic idea… )


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