How the Pandemic Made Me Appreciate the Gift of Mass

"I had not physically been to Mass in over four months because of COVID-19, and it was wearing on my spirit. The churches in the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. were finally beginning to open, but due to the circumstances, the chances of being admitted to Mass were as likely as winning the lottery. Literally. After filling out an online form and submitting it to the parish staff, names are pulled out of a hat, so to speak, designating who may attend Mass in person that week. And to think that just four months ago (which now seems like a lifetime), I was able to attend Mass freely and receive the Eucharist, something I acknowledge I took for granted."

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