Vatican City (AP)-The happiest day for Christians all over the world to celebrate the holidays is on the second Easter Sunday, marked by pandemic precautions, where believers are placed on benches and singing “Hallelujah The chorus of》 is separated by a mask.
From the huge Roman Catholic cathedral to the Protestant church, worshippers abide by the coronavirus regulations. In some European countries/regions, citizens wait in line during Easter to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
In the Lombardy region of Italy, a pandemic first broke out in the West. A hospital sent a traditional dove-shaped Easter cake to everyone waiting for vaccination, symbolizing peace. Many of the visitors were in the 1
A football team in Lyon, France opens its stadium as a vaccination center Long holiday weekend. As the French government is trying to speed up vaccination in a new outbreak of infection, it is expected that about 9,000 people will be vaccinated within three days.
In the Holy Land, travel restrictions and quarantine regulations prevent foreign pilgrims from flocking to religious sites in Jerusalem during Holy Week, which culminates in Easter celebrations. Pope Francis lamented that the pandemic has prevented some church members from attending services.
In St. Peter’s Basilica, the 200 or so believers who were allowed to attend seemed lost in this huge cathedral. Usually, thousands of people will attend the Mass celebrated by Francis, and sometimes more than 100,000 people will gather outside St. Peter’s Square in order to receive his Easter blessings afterwards.
But this year, as in 2020, gatherings in Italy and the Vatican are prohibited.Francis’ Easter speech on world affairs at noon Starting from the inside of the cathedral, take this opportunity to once again call for vaccines to reach the poorest countries.
When he pointed out that the pandemic measures had affected the traditions of religious festivals and saved some believers from public worship, the pope was tired.
Francis said: “We pray that these restrictions can be lifted, as well as all restrictions on freedom of worship and religion around the world, so that everyone can freely pray and praise God.”
In Syria, where the national vaccination program has not yet started, believers in the chapel of Madame Damascus pray for a way out of the economic and political crisis. The pandemic has made the situation worse.
Bassam Assaf (Bassam Assaf) said: “We went to church for Easter, so we got rid of the pandemic at the time.” “Of course, we are not afraid of the coronavirus. We are facing reality, but it cannot stop it. Let us pray to God so that we can get rid of this suffering and help the world.”
The ceremony held in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem was celebrated by the senior Roman Catholic priest of the Holy Land. That is where many Christians believe that Jesus was crucified, buried and raised from the dead. Israel’s successful vaccination campaign has reopened many places, including religious sites.
The pandemic prevented the Brotherhood of the Holy Resurrection in Seville from sending its gorgeous Easter floats carrying towering statues of Jesus through the streets of the Spanish city. Instead, the Brotherhood released a video and old photos of the last parade two years ago.
Some Pentecostal Christians in South Africa cancelled the three-day retreat that began on Good Friday. On a hill overlooking the small town of Soweto in Johannesburg, the Apostolic Pentecostals gathered on Sunday to commemorate Easter.
In South Korea, Yoido Full Gospel Church, the country’s largest Protestant church, only allows about 2,000 people to participate in the Easter ceremony, accounting for about 17% of the main building’s capacity. The masked believers sang hymns and prayed for the service broadcasted on the Internet and on Christian TV.
In order to curb several weeks of feverish infection, the Italian government ordered people to stay at home for a three-day weekend, except for essential errands. Prime Minister Draghi’s government does allow daily visits to family or friends in residents’ hometowns on weekends (including Monday’s national holidays).
If capacity is limited and masks are worn, Italy allows religious services to be provided during the pandemic. But in the early days, many churches in mainly Roman Catholic countries were only open for personal prayers.
Hundreds of Catholics gathered at the behemoth St. Paul’s Cathedral in St. Paul, Minnesota, for the Easter Vigil on Saturday night. The other benches are empty and masks must be worn. Nevertheless, after a turbulent year, the grand worship service marked a new and hopeful beginning for the church.
After a fully virtual Easter service last year, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City has half the capacity of Sunday Mass. Admirers place themselves in an arched neo-Gothic cathedral that can accommodate more than 2,000 people. The choir sang through masks.
In Detroit, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church is the first face-to-face Easter service in more than a year, with capacity restrictions and social distancing regulations. Pastor Charles Christian Adams told the Detroit Free Press that people need churches, especially after the congregation has lost at least 14 members due to COVID-19.
In Florida, the Eastgate Christian Scholarship in Panama City Beach hosted the annual sunrise service on the beach. Last year, because all beaches were closed, the church had to cancel this service. Pastor Janelle Green estimated that about 400 people attended.
Robin Fox of Palm Cove plans to drive his mother to Orlando on Sunday to get a second dose of the vaccine at the walking site of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“She was free on the same day (people go to church) to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, so I said (to her),’It’s kind of like you were also resurrected,'” Fox said.
Associated Press reporters from all over the world contributed.
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