Coronavirus crisis brings changes to Palm Sunday services

Charlotte Reese
April 05, 2020 - 9:56 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For most Christians, this is Palm Sunday, but there are plenty of changes to the way the holy day is being marked, amid the coronavirus social distancing guidelines.

Palm Sunday kicks off the holy week, for those celebrating Easter next week.

Nearly every church in the area has been offering virtual services, but this Sunday is special.

St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Glenside, Montgomery County is offering a drive-though service, where people can pick up blessed palms, pre-bagged without leaving their cars.

In Bristol Borough, Bucks County, Saint Mark’s Parish is offering a similar service.

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Pastor Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia told NBC10 it’s better to miss the traditional Easter gathering this year, "to be able to celebrate with grandmother and grandfather and everyone else for many, many more years to come."

"You’re going to miss one Easter together physically but it’d be better to miss that one Easter together this year," he said.

Mother Bethel live streams their services on Facebook. In this week’s post, Tyler asked everyone to prepare for communion with their own bread and "wine."