Churches celebrate the first day of Easter in over 2 years without COVID-19 restrictions
Churches celebrate the first day of Easter in over 2 years without COVID-19 restrictions

Churches celebrate the first day of Easter in over 2 years without COVID-19 restrictions

For the first time in more than two years, churches across Minnesota opened their doors for Easter Sunday without any mandatory COVID-19 restrictions.

Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis had standing-room-only services for worship services Sunday, according to Basilica Director of Worship and Sacred Arts Johan Van Parys.

“We had to put extra chairs out,” Van Parys said. “And the other thing is, not only are those big numbers, but people were so excited to be back in church.”

Van Parys said there were four services on Easter Sunday, and the total attendance was close to 3,000 people who were eager to attend a service on one of the holiest days of the Christian faith.

“And also in the Catholic tradition, there are people who work, and kneel and bend, and we use incense and candles,” Van Parys said. “And so it’s very smelly, and the senses are very important in the celebration, and so that was what we were able to do.”

Van Parys said the last time he witnessed such an emotional service was after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“That night the church was full, and it was not only Catholics, but it was people from all walks of life who gathered here with that kind of intensity,” Van Parys said.

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