Baltimore families celebrated Easter Sunday without COVID restrictions – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE— People filled the churches for the Easter service – and this year something was different.

For the first time since the pandemic began in 2020, there were no COVID restrictions and no mask mandates.

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At the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, people enjoyed a sunny Easter Sunday.

“The greatest thing about Easter is being with family, getting together with friends you haven’t seen in a while,” Colin Green said.

People seemed to miss the sense of community.

“It was nice to see the church was full and no one was wearing their masks and you could see everyone smiling and singing,” Devin Franke said. “It was just nice to be with your family too.”

At Christian Life Church, congregants hailed the return to normalcy.

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“I am very excited that people are returning to the house of God,” said Dr Hugh Bair. “Because when people come together, it creates community.”

It’s something people need, said Dr Hugh Bair.

“What people need more than anything else is community, a sense of connection, a sense that they are not isolated or separated, but can come together as a family and can come together as brothers and sisters in the lord,” Blair said.

Meanwhile, at Mary Our Queen’s Cathedral, Archbishop William Lori presided over the service with two messages for parishioners.

“To pray for an end to the war in Ukraine, this unjust invasion, pray for the people who have lost their lives and who are suffering,” Lori said. “And second, I would like to offer a message of hope and a message of love.”

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It’s a message that almost anyone can understand.

Alicia R. Rucker