How Christians Around the World Are Celebrating Christmas Under the Coronavirus Pandemic

Christians on the screen attend an online Christmas service for social distancing and a precaution against the coronavirus at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Christians across the world celebrated Christmas today under unusual circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Streams of drummers marched through Bethlehem yesterday and Notre Dame hosted a choral concert for the first time since it was destroyed by fire.

Pope Francis hosted Christmas Eve Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City slightly earlier than usual last night.

VATICAN: Pope Francis celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. This year, the Christmas vigil Mass in St Peter's Basilica was moved up from 9.30pm to 7.30pm
VATICAN: Pope Francis celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. This year, the Christmas vigil Mass in St Peter’s Basilica was moved up from 9.30pm to 7.30pm
BETHLEHEM: Palestinian scout bands parade through Manger Square at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve
BETHLEHEM: Palestinian scout bands parade through Manger Square at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve
FRANCE: Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris played host to a Christmas Eve choral concert, an annual tradition in France, with singers wearing hard hats while the church is being rebuilt
FRANCE: Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris played host to a Christmas Eve choral concert, an annual tradition in France, with singers wearing hard hats while the church is being rebuilt
THAILAND: People wearing protective masks queue up to receive the Holy Communion in their hands during a Christmas day mass at a church in Bangkok today
THAILAND: People wearing protective masks queue up to receive the Holy Communion in their hands during a Christmas day mass at a church in Bangkok today
BETHLEHEM: Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa (centre) leads Christmas morning mass at the Church of the Nativity, the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born, in the biblical city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank
BETHLEHEM: Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa (centre) leads Christmas morning mass at the Church of the Nativity, the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born, in the biblical city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank
INDIA: Christians wearing facemasks and maintaining social distancing as a preventive measure against coronavirus sit outside a church as they attend the Christmas mass in Ahmedabad
INDIA: Christians wearing facemasks and maintaining social distancing as a preventive measure against coronavirus sit outside a church as they attend the Christmas mass in Ahmedabad

Bethlehem ushered in Christmas Eve with a stream of joyous marching bands and the triumphant arrival of the top Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land.

But few people were there to greet them as the coronavirus pandemic and a strict lockdown dampened celebrations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris played host to a Christmas Eve choral concert, an annual tradition in France.

In a concession to the fact that the cathedral is still being rebuilt, the choristers wore construction hard hats and boiler suits, and there was no audience.

The concert was recorded at the cathedral earlier this month, and was broadcast on French television just before midnight on Christmas Eve.

More subdued scenes were seen across the world as the festive family gatherings and packed prayers that typically mark the holiday were scaled back due to the pandemic.

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Source: Daily Mail