As New York City came to a halt, a resident kneels outside St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church to pray. A prayer was taped to the door: “Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.” Roosevelt Avenue is a bustling commercial corridor in Queens and a stronghold of the Latino community. Recovery is expected to be challenging.
Funeral homes can be overwhelmed with bodies waiting to be cremated. Storing them in trucks can be problematic as trucks have to be refrigerated to avoid infection prevention and control precautions.
Photo credit: Tasoulla Hadjiyanni
The bell at Switzerland’s Cathedral of Lausanne is manually rang every night at 10 p.m the watchman, Renato Haeusler, to signal solidarity. As it overtakes the city, the reassuring sound the bell communicates to citizens that this too will pass.
Greek-Orthodox Easter was celebrated virtually all around the world in April 2020. For Holy Friday, the priest of St. George Greek Orthodox church in St Paul, holds the image of Christ toward the front so viewers can pay their respects. Typically, churchgoers would pay their respects on the epitafios. The church’s balcony which is reserved for the choir allows the camera to give a view of the whole space, immersing people in the iconography. Intangible aspects of the liturgy, such as the calming effects of the scent of thymiato, cannot be transmitted virtually.