Bulgarian Orthodox believers offer ‘miraculous’ honey against Covid-19

Sofia, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Thousands of jars of honey have been “sanctified” this Wednesday in a traditional Orthodox liturgy that has been celebrated for years and which is believed, without any scientific evidence, works as a cure against all diseases, Covid-19 included.

This tradition was created 15 years ago in a church located in the Bulgarian city of Blagoevgrad. Inside the temple, Orthodox believers form a cross shape with their jars of honey and candles are placed on top of them while a ritual of songs and prayers to consecrate food take place.

The belief in the healing properties of honey is based on the life of the Orthodox saint Charalambos, who used the sweet substance to heal his wounds.

“After the rite, the honey is taken home and must be consumed every day, because honey is a miracle of nature and a remedy for any ailment,” Adelina Stefanova, curator of the religious museum attached to the church, told Bulgarian national television.

According to the channel, local pilgrims claimed that this rite is adhered to even more now given the Covid-19 pandemic and that there is a greater demand for “sanctified” honey this year.

In Bulgaria, population 7 million, almost 10,000 people have died from the disease and the country has the slowest vaccine rollout in the European Union. Less than 1% of the population have received a jab.

In addition to supply problems, health authorities face a mix of public skepticism about the pandemic and mistrust of vaccines, factors that put the Balkan country at risk of being the last to recover from the pandemic. EFE-EPA


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