Religion In Quarantine: How Faith Groups Are Adapting To The Coronavirus

First social distancing and now the region’s “stay at home” order have forced local churches, synagogues and other religions to rethink how they practice their faith.

By Laura IsenseeMarch 25, 2020 1:57 pm, , , , , ,

From Houston Public Media:

This past Sunday morning, the cantor sang a familiar psalm at the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony of Padua in The Woodlands: “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.”

Usually, some 1,500 parishioners sing in response. Except this Sunday, the pews were empty. Instead, some 3,000 people were watching on Facebook.

“It’s definitely what I would call a new ballgame,” said Rev. Tom Rafferty, pastor at St. Anthony. “And I think it’s going to have an effect on how we do church long after this virus.”

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