Nov. 21 (UPI) — Hundreds of mourners paid appreciate to the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church Saturday following his loss of life of COVID-1.
Patriarch Irinej, 90, died Friday in a Belgrade successfully being facility after contracting the virus earlier this month.
Irinej conducted an commence-casket funeral provider for the church’s high cleric in Montenegro, Metropolitan Amfilohije Radović, Nov. 1, and tested obvious for COVID-19 three days later.
Irinej has been mendacity in mumble upfront of his funeral Sunday, and the Serbian authorities has declared three days of nationwide mourning.
On Friday, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic posted a photo on Irinej on Instagram with the caption: “I became as soon as honored to know you. Folk equivalent to you never dash away.”
While doctors cautioned mourners to detect coronavirus security guidelines, and Irinej’s coffin had a pitcher duvet to discourage worshippers from kissing the patriarch’s hands and face, some kissed the coffin regardless — and, at one church tournament, worshippers drank from the an analogous communion spoon.
Some mourners wore face masks and practiced social distancing as they gathered in church buildings to grieve, but some did neither.
Irinej himself didn’t attach on a mask while conducting Radović’s provider earlier this month, and neither did any of the loads of monks taking portion in the liturgy.