Easter providers at Canterbury Cathedral had been seen 1.three million instances

Easter providers at Canterbury Cathedral had been seen 1.three million instances

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The Easter services at Canterbury Cathedral, which were broadcast on national television and radio on Sunday, have been viewed at least 1.3 million times on the BBC and Church of England platforms since the weekend.

The two morning services, chaired and preached by the Archbishop of Canterbury (see separate story), had a choir but no congregation due to the current restrictions of the coronavirus. They were broadcast live on BBC1, Radio 4, local radio and iPlayer – for the first time on all platforms – and broadcast live on the C of E website and social media platforms. The boys' choir and lay writers sang live; Music from the girls' choir and the gospel choir was pre-recorded.

The BBC1 show was viewed 700,000 times – almost twice as many as the last time the BBC broadcast an Easter service in 2019, when 400,000 programs were suspended. This was similar to the 2020 Christmas service with 786,000 BBC viewers. Another 606,000 people viewed the Easter service on C of E platforms (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube). Listening to individual programs on Radio 4 is not measured, but Church House, Westminster estimates that the service had 600,000 listeners on BBC Local Radio.

C of E digital director Amaris Cole said, “We can't wait to worship all together again, but it has really encouraged us that so many people have come together to celebrate Easter with worship from the cathedral of Canterbury to celebrate in their own homes. This is the first time the Easter service has aired on so many platforms. . . This is only a small part of a much larger picture; Thousands of services across the country have celebrated Easter in different ways – both online and in person. "

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All other Holy Week live streams broadcast from Canterbury Cathedral were viewed 244,400 times – mostly in the US (33 percent) and the UK (32 percent). Some of them were only online to allow a choir; A gathering of 120 people was allowed to hold cantorial services, including the Eucharist sung in the evening on Easter day.

Since the pandemic started in March 2020, Canterbury Cathedral has released around 800 worship videos, which have been viewed more than six million times on YouTube and social media. YouTube subscribers are up more than 16,000 – nearly 1,000 percent – in part due to video reflections by the dean, the revered Robert Willis, filmed in his garden showing cats drinking or taking milk his cassock disappear (News, May 29, 2020).

Other cathedrals have also formed new online worship communities. The Easter Eucharist at York Minster, where the choir was socially distant, was attended by 106 people with 3591 online views. solemn evening song allowed 120 in the ward and more than 4,000 watched online.

York Minster canon pastor Canon Michael Smith said his Holy Week services had "special resonance" during the pandemic. “We thought about isolation, fear and mortality. On Easter day. . . We looked from a dark grave to a renewed life that can be lived much better in the future. "

The Easter services at Truro Cathedral were watched by 3800 people, most of whom (2700) tuned in after the live stream ended. The annual proclamation of the Easter Light Service, which was broadcast live on Facebook, has received almost 1000 views since Easter. Music from the cathedral choir was recorded separately as only 51 people could attend personal services.

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The Dean of Truro, the revered Roger Bush, said: “Because of the lockdown regulations, the Easter services had a substitute quality that actually made them more poignant and in their own way more beautiful and meaningful. . . The Easter celebration may have been more subdued than usual, but its deeper meaning emerged in unexpected ways and as a token of God's grace and love for all of us. "

Salisbury Cathedral has been a Covid vaccination center since January (News, Jan 22). However, the program was suspended for Holy Week and Easter to make way for church services: 60 people attended the dawn vigil and 160 people attended the main services on Good Friday on Easter Day. More than 2,800 have seen this and other Holy Week services online.

The Dean of Salisbury, the distinguished Nicholas Papadopulos, said: “It has been wonderful to be in person at the cathedral again this year. Of course, we would have liked a full return to normal. There is nothing more splendid than a cathedral congregation with a full voice, but our combination of “in person” and live streaming / recorded services was well attended. "

The services of Southwell Minster were broadcast live from Palm Sunday. While the number of meetings in the cathedral during Holy Week was limited to 20 to 50 people, an average of 150 people watched online.

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More than 300 people attended the sermon given by the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, Rt. Rev. Paul Williams, which was available on the diocese's website. On Good Friday morning around 160 people took part in a children's and family activity on the grounds of the minster.

Southwell Dean, Nicola Sullivan, said, “We are very encouraged to see the wider participation of worshipers and their very positive feedback. So many appreciate the experience of “life” and the feeling of being in the Münster. . . Despite many restrictions, it was a profound and joyful Easter that we will never forget. "

Bradford Cathedral also reopened for personal worship on Palm Sunday. On Easter day, people had to be turned away for exceeding the allowable number, but all of their services were streamed live. This would continue after normal attendance resumed, subject to funding, said the dean, esteemed Jerry Lepine.

“Obviously people were delighted to be back at the cathedral, and Easter certainly felt more positive than Christmas. At that point, most people knew what was coming, I think. Like Christmas we sang outside in the Close at the end of the service, although we also had lay people who sang inside. "

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Similar numbers were recorded at Ripon Cathedral, where the first major services were held since Christmas. Each also had three lay people singing. The dean, honored John Dobson, said: “We had the most beautiful Holy Week and Easter. It was clear that everyone really appreciated being with others in a cathedral full of liturgy and music. "

Other churches, such as Temple Church in London, have also recorded their main Easter services without a congregation. As everywhere, it is expected that services will continue to be recorded after congregations are allowed to return at full capacity. This is expected to be from June 21st, when the government plans to lift all social restrictions.

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