Christians ring out at Easter with online events amid crown scare

The online Eucharist is not unknown, as Christians around the world have access to televised versions on religious channels. For a long time, the clergy had maintained that watching Mass from the comfort of their home was not as good as attending it in church, something that the Corona pandemic has turned on its head.

Since the crisis erupted, churches around the world have been encouraging the community to participate in online services. In namma Bengaluru as well, individual parishes began to float transmission links between members a couple of weeks ago, in preparation for the Saint that began yesterday with Palm Sunday. These are extraordinary times and the church has adapted according to the need of the hour, says Father George Rebeiro, who gave his first live Facebook sermon yesterday.

With Easter On Sunday, April 12, during the period of confinement, the Christian community is looking to celebrate the entire Holy Week ceremonies, including Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, at home. Parishioners have been ensuring uninterrupted live streaming. The of Bengaluru has even launched an app to follow updates on Easter celebrations at different churches.

Four-year-old Yelahanka resident Patricia Rebello and her two children live in flats in the same housing complex. While Sunday mass was a family ritual for them, with everything online, they are looking to keep the spirit of the season in costume, even if they are at home. The lethargy that one could have for being in the home during the confinement can only increase, especially when you do not have relatives with you to celebrate the occasion. Therefore, it is good to dress up as you would for service while attending a live broadcast, she says.