The Saint Cecilia Catholic Community in Palm Springs will join other Coachella Valley churches in streaming Sunday’s Palm Sunday Masses and services with the public barred from attending them because of stay-at-home orders stemming from the coronavirus outbreak.
The musical faith community has been streaming its Masses for several weeks, each time with fewer than 10 people present, including a videographer, all standing 6 feet or more apart, the Rev. David Justin Lynch told City News Service.
The Palm Sunday Mass will be streamed at the church’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SaintCeciliaCatholicCommunity/, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The mass will begin with the Blessing of the Palms, followed by a singing of the hymn, “All Glory, Laud and Honour.”
There will be an alteration to the traditional Palm Sunday Mass, Lynch said. He found it was “not practical to” re-create the procession representing Jesus’ triumphant return to Jerusalem.
“Our camera is stationary,” Lynch said. “It’s on a tripod and not movable.”
On Palm Sunday, the congregation customarily walks out the back of the church, around to the front door and back inside to symbolize Jesus’ return to Jerusalem days before his crucifixion, where he was greeted with palm branches laid out before him.
The coronavirus outbreak will force another alteration to Saint Cecilia’s Holy Week observances, Lynch said.
Churchgoers at Saint Cecilia normally spend a part of Holy Thursday, which marks Jesus’ last supper with his apostles, washing each other’s feet, as Jesus washed those of his disciples.
“Because of sanitation concerns due to the coronavirus, we are going to forego that,” Lynch said.
The church will also stream its Easter Mass next Sunday.
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