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In South Africa, this Easter, the faithful found new ways of practicing their religion despite the threat of the corona virus

Easter Weekend is observed worldwide by Christians commemorating the Crucifixion of Christ and His rise resurrection.

In a small village in South Africa, this Easter, the faithful found new ways of practicing their religion despite the threat of the corona virus.
Currently the total number of confirmed COVID 19 cases in South Africa is 2003 with 24 deaths.

The mission village Genadendal is more than an hours drive from Cape Town. The imposing historic Moravian Church building has been the center of village life for centuries. On this church square buildings date back to the 18 century when German missionaries came here to Christianise the indigenous Khoekhoe.

This was an Easter in Genadendal a few years ago...one of the many traditions is a graveyard sunrise service on Sunday morning celebrating the resurrection of Christ.

For many it is also a homecoming event with families returning to their roots to attend the annual church carnival and spend time with loved ones. For the first time in history, and because of the lockdown regulations the Moravian Church decided to cancel all formal services.

Now the church had to come up with new ways of reaching the community.

It is quite a resilient community that have survived diseases, brutal colonialism and Apartheid, for almost 3 centuries and they are still here, now facing a new threat Covid 19 but they say they will survive this SOQ