Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming celebrating Palm Sunday in person
They have also allowed congregation members to sing
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Around 10 people were in attendance at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church for the 2021 Palm Sunday service. This year, congregation members were allowed to gather to worship and even allowed to sing.
“We are meeting in person and of course still wearing masks,” said Bishop Paul-Gordon Chandler, the leader of all 46 Episcopalian Churches in the state. These churches still have a virtual option if congregation members aren’t comfortable attending in person. “Zoom and Facebook have become valuable to us,” Chandler said.
He adds Palm or Passion Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week, a monumental season for their faith tradition. Part of their tradition is gathering, and Chandler believes gathering over a screen has helped members be more open to sharing. “We found people tended to feel more comfortable and often were open to being more vulnerable,” Chandler said.
In-person attendance is down from before the pandemic, but it’s slowly going back up. People reviewing their COVID-19 vaccine is a reason for people wanting to return.
“That changes the dynamic and allows people a greater sense of ease in being together,” Chandler said.
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