From Seattle to Kentucky, Churches Cancel Religious Services
In a dramatic move to slow the spread of the coronavirus in one of the most affected regions of the country, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle suspended all public celebration of Mass, effective immediately, becoming the first Catholic archdiocese in the country to do so.
‚ÄúThis is out of an extreme measure of caution,‚ÄĚ the archbishop of Seattle, Paul D. Etienne, said in a video message on Wednesday. ‚ÄúDespite our best efforts, this epidemic is going to continue to spread.‚ÄĚ
Priests, he said, should continue to privately celebrate the Eucharist each day....
Appreciate the prayers, Dr Tim.This is an amazing virus and children have the least chance of catching it and usually they are the most vulnerable. We will be carrying on as usual. Prayers for your Church as well. The fish might pay more attention as the world as we know it falls apart around them.
IT would be interesting if SA would do a poll of its broadcasters to see how many are going to be recommending their members stay home this weekend instead of attending a live service. That would depend on every church member having some source of wi-fi, and those who depend on public libraries might find it hard on a Sunday morning to find them open, and if they can still get the wi-fi service from outside, it might be a bit cold out, and expose them to getting a cold, thus weakening their immune system and making them more susceptible to getting a virus from China.
The church I attend, had a fire break out in the Media room on second floor. Thankfully it happened after service and only a few left to do whatever they had to do. A loud boom was heard and smoke filled the Church. Service for this Sunday is still on but held in gym and atrium. Two services one at 8:30 and another at 10:30( like it‚Äôs done at Easter) sure hope I didn‚Äôt offend anyone with that comment. Wednesday service at the Sullivan Conference Center. The sanctuary will have to be gutted and totally rebuilt and taking many months. So strange how this virus has brought the whole world to its knees. All attention going to the coronavirus and stopping it.I didn‚Äôt even have to spell it, just popped up on my spell words.
What with churches now closing because of covid19 and the crowd connection, it's no wonder Mt. Everest has been closed to climbers. The huge numbers of folks trying to get to the summit of Everest must be a concern for medical professionals and governments.
Your advice is fairly good Chris GP but still more extreme measures should be used.
Yascha Mounk wrote: Social distancing is the only way to stop the coronavirus. We must start immediately. .... Because the United States has been extremely sluggish in testing patients for the coronavirus, the official tally of 604 likely represents a fraction of the real caseload. But even if we take this number at face value, it suggests that we should prepare to have up to 10 times as many cases a week from today, and up to 100 times as many cases two weeks from today.
The second fact is that this disease is deadlier than the flu, to which the honestly ill-informed and the wantonly irresponsible insist on comparing it. Early guesstimates, made before data were widely available, suggested that the fatality rate for the coronavirus might wind up being about 1 percent. If that guess proves true, the coronavirus is 10 times as deadly as the flu....
A close down of churches would have been disastrous before the Internet, and I believe that unless the authorities actually prohibit services, churches should still gather but with strict precautions. Ill or sick people should probably not attend in person, and churches can webcast their services. Hand sanitiser ( if you can get hold of it, it is like gold dust these days), tissues and good hand washing facilities are all vital, and hand shakes and physical contact generally discouraged. Communion has been dealt with in other threads, but in all matters there should be great wisdom.
Perhaps all social gatherings of the church outside normal services may have to be cancelled indefinitely.
However, the greatest thing to do is to pray, encourage, and preach the Word. This may be a great time for people to think on eternal issues, and to receive and respond to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Astonishing, the so-called priests are advised to do their magic show just for themselves every day, while the ordinary people, who so-called rely on the so-called priests, have to do without the so-called mass, which gives them a so-called Jesus, and so what happens in their so-called world? They so-called perish?
And Protestants still celebrate their so-called Christ's Mass every year, thinking it to be so much so-called fun, with so-called games and other so-called things.