In what was hailed at one parish as a symbolic rebirth, Roman Catholic churches in Alberta cautiously resumed public masses this week after they were suspended more than 10 weeks ago to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Starting June 1, Mass resumed under conditions which include limiting to 50 the total number of people in church, hand sanitizing and mask wearing. Similar guidelines were developed for Alberta’s Ukrainian Catholic parishes, governed by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton.

The resumption of Mass came a day after the feast of Pentecost – often referred to as the birth of the Church. While livestreamed masses continue, many see the resumption of public masses as a metaphor for the rebirth of their own faith after two and half months without.

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