Easter celebrations still look different in 2021


ST. LOUIS – Easter is one of the biggest celebrations for people of all denominations but many services this year, because of COVID restrictions, are limiting the number of people inside. At the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, they’re doing things online and in person.

Easter Sunday is the most celebrated day of the Christian church year and for Catholics, an end to Lent.

The COVID restrictions still limit crowd sizes which meant many attending a service in person or online.

“I love coming to church on Easter,” Jerry Anderson, who attended Mass, said. “It’s exciting to come and see the rebirth of Jesus Christ. It’s just such a wonderful day, especially on such a lovely day like today. I’ve been coming for years to the Cathedral.”

The Catholic Church has been live-streaming its services throughout the week and much of last year.

Easter marks the occasion when Jesus rose from the dead three days after being crucified by the Romans as told in the New Testament of the Bible.

For Catholics who spent the last 40 days of lent fasting and in prayer and penance, this is a new day for many to celebrate their faith.

“Well this year I kind of took some things on because all of us have given up so much during the pandemic,” Carolyn Holliday, who attended mass, said. “So I gave up and took on the five senses of really paying attention to what I can see and what I can taste, what I can hear, smell, and touch. I almost forgot touch because that’s been prohibited.”

Officials at the Cathedral said they’re still seeing high numbers online but they probably had one of their biggest crowds yet for an 8 a.m. mass on a Sunday.

In Town and Country, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd held an in-person Easter gathering for the first time. Easter 2020 at the church was online due to COVID restrictions.

On Easter 2021, organist & choir director Roberta Reese said she’s glad to be back with her musicians, and some Bach.

“It is Easter and we’re doing a lot of Bach because there is nothing better than Bach,” Reese said. “We’re doing some Holy Ghost. I’m playing on the organ and lots of notes and beauty and then we have half a quartet. We’ve got two violins and a flute and we’re playing this movement of Bach’s concerto for violin and oboe and the flute is the oboe in C minor.”

They will be streaming services at the Cathedral Basilica for the foreseeable future.

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