The State government, through an order on March 18, had issued orders to temples, mosques and churches to curtail movement of people in view of COVID-19.
In namma Bengaluru too, individual parishes began floating streaming links among members a couple of weeks ago, in preparation for the Holy Week that began yesterday with Palm Sunday.
Hitherto, in the Twin-City, many churches were decorated with crafted crosses from palm leaves while children served as an integral part of the service since they enjoyed the processions with the crafted crossed palm fronds amidst singing "Hosanna".
It is marked by the blessing and distribution of palm branches which were used by the people hailing Jesus's entry into Jerusalem.
Catholics would take the palms blessed by the priests back to their homes where they place them alongside Christian artefacts (especially crosses and crucifixes) or use them to mark their bibles or devotionals as an enduring memento of the fickleness of human acclaim.
Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast celebrated in all major Christian churches, Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox.
The more than 200 Catholic churches across Toronto will still be delivering Holy Week masses but they will be doing so with empty pews.
"The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world and in the territories of our diocese has resulted in serious and drastic ations in our ability to participate in divine worship", he said. "This is a way to come together as a family as best as we can given the trying circumstances".
"We've encouraged people who are watching to send us pictures of their family watching it at home", Kenny said, "some set up candles and altars with a cross, so on, and show us their whole family watching mass".
For the first time in many years, Christians in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis could not attend church services and embark on a procession to celebrate Palm Sunday.