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Local church prepares for in-person Easter services

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity in Midland will hold a Maundy Thursday service to begin Easter services.
Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 8:53 PM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - Last year, the pandemic forced churches to hold Easter weekend services online.

But this year, many churches are holding in-person services again.

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity in Midland will hold a Maundy Thursday service to begin Easter services.

This year, guests will have the choice to attend in person or watch online.

For Christians, Maundy Thursday is a service to remember Jesus’s last supper where he washed his disciples’ feet.

Some churches, such as Holy Trinity, wash the feet of guests at the service - but because of COVID-19 protocols, that element won’t be included in the service this year.

The church is only allowing 50 percent capacity and requiring guests to wear masks at the service.

But Father Bob Hennagin says he’s excited to have people in the church to worship together.

“Being able to hear each other’s voices just to feel the presence of people around you gives a sense of a real tactile community that you can’t get online,” said Father Hennagin.

Communion will also look a little different at Holy Trinity this year.

The bread that represents Jesus’s body will be provided, but the communal cup of wine that represents Jesus’s blood will not.

To accommodate larger crowds on Sunday, Holy Trinity has added an extra service for anyone who wants to attend.

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