COVID-19 means Christians celebrate Good Friday differently this year

Christians in New Jersey and around the world were forced to celebrate Good Friday a little differently this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Apr 11, 2020, 2:31 AM

Updated 1,471 days ago

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Christians in New Jersey and around the world were forced to celebrate Good Friday a little differently this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Some religious leaders held services virtually since all churches are closed in the state. St. Bartholomew’s Church held Masses online.
“Church is still present. It’s not a building. It’s the people. But we’re still there present together, praying the liturgy and then we will come back together to receive sacramentally the Body and the Blood of the Lord, which is essential to us to keep us going through this journey, says the Rev. Thomas Walsk.
And since Christians typically eat fish on Fridays during Lent, business at Wolley’s Fish Market in Freehold was booming. People lined up outside the store to stock up on seafood.
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“It’s Good Friday. It’s the fish day,” says customer Rocco Nigro. “Keep the tradition in the holiday.”
Most shoppers wore masks while waiting to buy the fish to help slow the spread of the virus.
Easter Sunday celebrations will also have to be held virtually. Cardinal Joseph Tobin will conduct Easter Sunday Mass at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. The noon Mass will be streamed live online and on News 12+.


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