Magazine April 20, 2020, Issue

Church from Home 

A worshipper prays at St. Mark’s Church in Hackney, England, as the spread of the coronavirus continues. March 22, 2020. (Simon Newman/Reuters)
A new experience for many Americans

‘Is it time to turn on church yet?” In normal times, this would be a bizarre question for most families to ask. Yet here we are. Public, communal church services have been among the victims of the coronavirus pandemic. So, church on television it is.

For Catholics, Sunday Mass attendance is ordinarily an obligation from which we are not lightly released. We Catholics are not alone. Most major faith traditions in the United States have some sort of weekly communal liturgy. Church on Sunday is a venerable institution among Christians of all stripes, regardless of whether it is strictly required. Weekly

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