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Shelter-in-place orders create major changes for Christians during Holy Week

Coronavirus many worshipers to find new ways to celebrate old traditions.

ATLANTA — The Shelter-in-Place orders and being forced to stay at home for most people is coming at a crucial time for Christians.

Sunday is Palm Sunday -- which starts one of the most sacred times for Christians -- the week leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, which is referred to as Holy Week. 

This year has changed everything about Holy Week observances and forced many worshipers to find new ways to celebrate old traditions.

Services at the Cathedral of St. Philip in northwest Atlanta, for example, started at 8:45 a.m.

In years past, the sanctuary would be packed with worshipers. This year, however, people are viewing the services online.

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This is the case with Palm Sunday and other religious services around the world.

Shelter-in-Place and Stay-at-Home orders, like the one here in Georgia, have forced millions of American Christians to observe Palm Sunday from home.

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Many are finding religion and faith a refuge of help and a way to cope during these uncertain times.

"I think that it is so important to realize that people care - that somebody cares," said Gainesville pastor Jentezen Franklin of Free Chapel. "You're not alone. You're not forsaken. Not that we don't have the emotion of fear. We choose faith over fear -- and so feed that side of your life."

Franklin spoke with 11Alive News earlier this week. 

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