Easter services livestreamed, some churches open for individual prayer for limited hours due to coronavirus

Easter services around New York City and the state are still taking place Sunday, but are being livestreamed to protect people during the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Apr 12, 2020, 3:21 PM

Updated 1,504 days ago

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Easter services around New York City and the state are still taking place Sunday, but are being livestreamed to protect people during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Diocese of Brooklyn has been broadcasting Mass online for several weeks. There will be seven Masses broadcast from St. Joseph in Prospect Heights throughout the day in different languages, so that the faithful will have a chance to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
The diocese says with the pandemic forcing churches to close, it has embraced the challenge to still connect everyone for the religious celebration.
The Masses are broadcast online as well as on TV.
Some churches, though, are still open for limited prayer.
St. Benedict's in Throgs Neck is open for people to come and sit in a pew and pray. Mayor Bill de Blasio has previously warned that if churches do try and hold a Mass or service, enforcement agents will shut it down.
Some churches will be open for limited hours. A spokesperson for St. Benedict's tells News 12 that the church disinfects and cleans three times a week.
They say that along with cleaning, there is no face-to-face confession, and priests are wearing face masks.
St. Benedict's also says it is seeing very limited foot traffic, and that most people are deciding to pray from home.
The church will also be streaming several Masses throughout the day.
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