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COVID NYC Update: St. Patrick’s Cathedral hosts Easter service with 50% capacity

New York City (WABC)-It was a fun Sunday for many as worshipers celebrated the first Easter Mass directly at St. Patrick’s Cathedral since the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, the Mass was open to parishioners with a capacity of 50%. This allowed 1,000 people to get inside.

Last year, the epidemic of the coronavirus emptied the pews and the service was online, but Cardinal Timothy Doran delivered the sacred to the empty church.

But on Sunday, Cardinal Doran celebrated Mass from inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Church attendees had limited ability to access his sermons both online and directly.

Tickets were required to attend the Mass and the COVID safety protocol was in place. The same was true for security.

The Cardinal, like many times in the past of Easter, delivered a message of hope and healing.

Worshipers said they were happy to attend the Mass directly this year.

“I wanted to come and feel the magic again,” said worshiper Laura Butler.

Meanwhile, New York City’s annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival have been virtualized for the second year in a row.

The Easter Bonnet Parade began over 150 years ago in 1870 and features the best of the best Easter bonnets.

It was virtual this year, but it never stopped a few enthusiastic fans coming to Fifth Avenue to showcase their best work.

The Fifth Avenue Association has asked New Yorkers to post their photos on Instagram on Easter Sunday.

The winner will stay overnight at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan.

In Brooklyn, Bishop Nicholas Di Marzio of the Parish of Brooklyn was the main congratulatory celebration of the Easter Mass at St. James’s Cathedral in downtown Brooklyn. The service was streamed on abc7NY..

Easter Sunrise Service in New Jersey has returned to Ocean City after being canceled last year. This year, thanks to the mask and limited capacity, the lights were shining on the music pier.

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