Good Friday: Parishioners miss being in church

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  • Friday, 10 Apr 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Marking Good Friday through live streaming is not the same as attending service at church, says an elder at the Sacred Heart Cathedral here.

Bernard Liew said what's missing was the feeling of being together with others to commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.

“We had no choice this year because of Covid-19 and the movement control order, we have to follow the service from our homes.

“Most of us tried our best to followed the service. This includes standing and kneeling as required when we are in church.

“It is the first time for us to hold this service via live streaming, it is a different feeling, ” said Liew, who was at the cathedral where Kota Kinabalu Archbishop Datuk John Wong led the live-streaming service.

Aline Lim said she missed being in church.

"I am longing for things to get back normal, so that we can have the sense of togetherness. It helps us to appreciate Mass in church," she said.

L. Edward, who volunteers as traffic warden, said it was so unsual to see the empty church car park.

“I seem to have no work this year, ” he said.

Archbishop Wong flanked by Father Joshua Liew and Father Simon William led the English service as it was streamed live from the Sacred Heart cathedral at 4.30pm.

The church had Chinese service at 3pm and the Bahasa Malaysia service was held at 6pm.

Two other churches in Keningau and Ranau provided the Kadazandusun services.

Apart from the Catholic church, other churches also held their Good Friday services through live streaming.

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