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Mogilev’s churches to pray for the alcohol-addicted

September 11 churched hold the Temperance Day. The day of beheading of St. John the Baptist all churches of Mogilev region will finalize the Divine Liturgy with public prayers for those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. The information is provided by Mogilev Eparchy of the Belarusian Orthodox Church.

The church cares about the health of people and has got a strong intention to assist in spreading ideas of temperance in the society, preventing alcoholism. An important means of combating alcohol and drug addiction is sufferers’ participation in church life, daily pray, fasting, reading the Holy Writ and saints’ works.

The tradition to hold the Temperance Day goes back to the Russian Empire where the day used to be celebrated with religious processions, spreading books and leaflets informing about the harm of alcoholism. Temperance societies arranged tea parties and dinners, conducted lectures, practiced choral singing, staging various performances. After the revolution of 1917 the day was not held.

At the beginning of the 1990-s Russia returned to the tradition of Orthodox temperance societies whose members honoured St. John the Baptist and celebrated the days in his memory. In July 2014 the Holy Synod revived the Temperance Day.

According to Mogilev Eparchy, the church does not replace public health and education establishments but contributes to their activity to assist people suffering from alcohol addiction.

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