Limited In-Person Services Held For Good Friday

Unlike last year, some services are in-person. But officials are still warning against large Easter weekend gatherings due to COVID-19. CBS2's Natalie Duddridge reports.

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- The pandemic also affected how the faithful here in our area marked Good Friday.

- CBS2's Natalie Duddridge reports from downtown Brooklyn.

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NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: At the St. James Cathedral Basilica, a limited number of faithful joined in song, prayer, and reflection.

SILVIA ROMANO: Christ has suffered as we did, and especially during this past year.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: For Christians, Good Friday is the day Jesus died on the cross.

JOHN RONAN: It's kind of a quiet, meditative sort of day. We sort of reflect on Christ's death and passion.

DINO D'AGATO: Technically, the church hinges on the fact that his crucifixion is what redeemed us, and his resurrection.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: In previous years, hundreds of faithful walked the Way of the Cross over the Brooklyn Bridge, symbolizing Jesus's suffering. Instead, this year, at a reduced ceremony, a Staten Island doctor carried the cross, symbolizing the weight of the lives lost this year.

FRANCESCO ROTATORI: First responders, and doctors, and nurses had a very particularly difficult year in terms of dealing with the pandemic, and we went through very difficult times. We witnessed suffering.

NICHOLAS DIMARZIO: Everybody knows somebody who died, somebody who got COVID. It made us think a little bit more deeply about those realities, which are inevitable.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio says the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday is a symbol of hope to come.

NICHOLAS DIMARZIO: We see hope in the vaccination and people continuing to do what they should so that we can eliminate this evil that's among us. It's a virus.

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NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: Those who feel safer at home can join online services, including St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. If you do plan to attend mass in person, just remember, some services require tickets to limit attendance. Officials also asking people who are holding Easter weekend celebrations to try to limit the amount of people and keep it outdoors. In downtown Brooklyn, Natalie Duddridge, CBS2 News.