Churches See Revival in Easter Sunday Attendance
TAMPA — Tampa houses of worship say they undergone a revival in attendance with this Easter Sunday. Looking back on the first major Holiday to be somewhat canceled because of the stunt, leaders say this Easter also indicated the rebirth of both congregations.
“It was my first easter as a priest,” stated Rev. Ralph F. D’Elia III about last Easter.” It was sad to observe without the people and that is why this year its especially joyful.”
D’Elia, of the Isle of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg, says the church are not only going to continue to follow COVID guidelines, but will continue to adjust to fit the needs of all parishioners who cannot attend in person. It’s one of those takeaways of this prolonged pandemic.
“The live flow masses are here to stay,” he added.
Besides Christmas, Easter usually brings some of the largest crowds into houses of faith. D’Elia says he anticipates church attendance will continue to rise as more people become more vaccinated.
Back in Tampa, Angie Dunson and her family say they are not quite prepared to attend church person, but connect virtually every Sunday.
“I can still praise God from the comfort of my house and be protected,” explained Dunson. “This pandemic has tested everyone’s faith. It’s a lot to cope with particularly, everybody that has been influenced by COVID-19. My heart goes out to them”
It’s an unfortunate illness shared with all walks of life, ages, races and faiths, all hoping that it will shortly come to an end.