Quiet Advent in the churches

Saxony’s Christians have to forego many of the traditions of the run-up to Christmas due to the current development in the corona pandemic. For the second time after 2020, no Advent concerts, celebrations, afternoons or church music are possible in the Advent season, which begins this Sunday, announced the Evangelical Church of Saxony on Thursday in Dresden.

Worship services could take place under strict rules. The regional church office recommends compulsory testing or 3G (vaccinated, recovered, tested negative) as well as minimum distances and an FFP2 mask requirement.

In view of the corona situation in the regions, there is no church service in some communities on the 1st of Advent. They opened their churches “for personal visits and for Advent reflection”. There are contacts for pastoral care. Regional Bishop Tobias Bilz is present for the Christians during the Advent season in digital evening prayers, which can be celebrated on Mondays and Fridays on YouTube and Facebook.

There is a musical Vespers on the eve of the first Advent and church services on the Advent Sundays in the Meissen Cathedral. The Thomaskirche in Leipzig is planning two services and a prayer service at the beginning and on the second Advent.

The Dresden Frauenkirche opens on Advent Sundays between two church services, whereby contact details are recorded digitally via Pass4all and Luca or in writing via a completed card. The neighboring Kreuzkirche asks for prior registration for the services in Advent. The Chemnitz St. Petri Castle Church opens the Advent season with a family church service and a nativity scene vernissage.

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