The COVID-19 Crisis: Streaming For Holy Week And Easter At The Cathedral In Harlem

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, will for the first time stream its services for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter online on April 5 – 12, 2020.

The streaming provides congregants from Harlem to Hollywood and around the world with a way to virtually gather and worship together while maintaining necessary physical distance.

On April 5, Palm Sunday, the Cathedral will live stream the 11 am liturgy, bringing participants on a journey from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem through the Passion story of his betrayal, persecution, and death. The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III, Dean of the Cathedral, will preach.

April 10, Good Friday, is a solemn day marking the crucifixion of Jesus. At 12 pm, the Cathedral will live stream its Good Friday observance, with the reading of the Passion, prayers, and a short homily. On the following day, April 11, Holy Saturday, service will be streamed at 12 pm, using the Book of Common Prayer, brief prayers, a Psalm, and readings of Scripture.


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April 12 is Easter Day, traditionally one of the largest and most joyful Cathedral services. This year, the Cathedral offers an 11 am live stream with a special sermon by The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche, Bishop of New York.

All services will be live-streamed on the Cathedral’s website and Facebook page. For more information, visit this page.

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. It is chartered as a house of prayer for all people and a unifying center of intellectual light and leadership.

People from many faiths and communities worship together in services held more than 30 times a week; the soup kitchen serves roughly 25,000 meals annually; social service outreach has an increasingly varied roster of programs; the distinguished Cathedral School prepares young students to be future leaders; Advancing the Community of Tomorrow, the renowned preschool, afterschool and summer program, offers diverse educational and nurturing experiences; the outstanding Textile Conservation Lab preserves world treasures; concerts, exhibitions, performances, and civic gatherings allow conversation, celebration, reflection, and remembrance—such is the joyfully busy life of this beloved and venerated Cathedral.

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, Harlem, New York, https://www.stjohndivine.org/, 212.316.7540

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