The Archdiocese of Detroit says there will be no Holy Week celebrations in the city as the new coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the state.
Archbishop Alan Vigneron said in a letter Monday the Archdiocese will be adhering to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s strict orders to fight the spread of the virus and will not hold any celebrations or services in the week leading up to Easter, which is on April 12.
“It is with great sadness that I have to announce to you that Holy Week celebrations will not be offered publicly this year in the Archdiocese of Detroit,” Vigneron’s letter reads. “To ensure we cooperate with and support the governor and local health officials during this time as well as assuring you of my continued commitment to the work of unleashing the Gospel, I am issuing these directives regarding the life of our parishes, the administration of the Sacraments – particularly to those who are sick and dying – and the celebration of Holy Week.”
The news comes the same day Whitmer ordered all Michiganders to “stay home and stay safe” amid the pandemic. Beginning at midnight Tuesday, residents are ordered to stay at home except for necessary things like essential work, medical attention and grocery shopping. When going out in public, Michiganders are urged to observe social distancing.
“I know this is an unprecedented time in the life of our local Church. But unprecedented challenges bring unprecedented graces. If we unite ourselves to the Lord we will emerge from these days of trial and uncertainty more ready to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ,” Vigneron’s letter said.
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