Even ahead of public health advice, Casa Antonia immediately took action and locked its building doors for all outsiders. For Easter, now that the weather is much nicer and warmer, Casa Antonia organised a classical and popular music concert to alleviate the mood and lessen the feelings of isolation of its residents.
“It is not the blind who do not see but those who are heartless. We do not need good eyesight to see but a heart that is full of humanity”.
The vigil, which normally takes place in a church packed with about 10,000 people, was attended by only about two dozen, including a few altar servers and a smaller-than-usual choir. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, it was scaled back to eliminate several traditional features, such as the baptism of adult converts and a long procession up the main aisle of Christendom's largest church.
With this in mind, singer Andrea Bocelli has decided to livestream a concert featuring himself and organist Emanuele Vianelli in the Duomo di Milan, Italy on Easter Sunday 12th April at 7.00 pm CET.
"We are living in strange days. Usually at this time the Old City was full of ...pilgrims coming for Holy Week," he said after his group prayed outside the locked door of the church that is their base.
There is no denying that the run up to Easter will feel different this year. The majority of religious events have been cancelled and other traditions – like a big celebratory meal with all of our loved ones – will have to be postponed until after the crisis is over.
During the month of April, Archbishop Charles Scicluna will be celebrating mass every day. Due to the conditions imposed on gatherings of people, which also affected liturgical celebrations, the mass will be streamed on Newsbook.com.mt, Knisja.mt, and TVM2.
The Bishops of Malta and Gozo issued a number of new directives in the context of the coronavirus outbreak in Malta. The new directives issued by Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Apostolic Administrator for Gozo Mario Grech and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi, will affect Good Friday, Easter, Holy Communion, Confirmation and feasts.
The Vatican department for liturgy published guidelines on Friday for bishops and priests on the celebration of Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter liturgies during the coronavirus pandemic, which say that all these celebrations should be suspended.