For decades I always attended church on Easter Sunday. I bet many of my readers never missed an Easter service either. Even when I was on sabbatical, we had an Easter Mass in the chapel. I remember being six years old wearing my brand new white sports coat to the Easter service. Unfortunately when they passed the little vials of grape juice, my tremor acted up, and I ended up with grape juice all over my new white coat. My mother was not pleased.
This week we will all miss attending church, including the Maundy Thursday service and the washing of the feet, Good Friday’s noonday service, and of course Easter Sunday with the flowers, the beautiful hats, and the spring dresses and seersucker suits.
But what we don’t have to miss is setting aside those same times this week to worship God. While we “shelter in” we can still say prayers, sing Easter hymns, read the stories of Jesus’s last days, and even sip on a little sacramental wine.
The virus has created a crisis in the world, but it shouldn’t interfere with our ability honor and celebrate God. If that happened that would be a real tragedy.