'I nearly collapsed when I saw the doors of the church locked'; Corkman holds daily vigil to protest church closures

'I nearly collapsed when I saw the doors of the church locked'; Corkman holds daily vigil to protest church closures
Sean Barry from Rathcormac said he was devastated to discover his local church doors closed last Sunday.

A Cork man is holding a daily vigil outside his local church in protest against the closure of churches to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Sean Barry from Rathcormac said he was devastated to discover his local church doors closed last Sunday morning when he went there to say prayers at the usual Mass time.

''I nearly collapsed when I saw the doors of the church locked," he said.

Mass has not been held in the church in recent weeks because of the outbreak of coronavirus. 

Mr Barry rarely missed weekend Mass and had recently started going to weekday morning Mass  too.

He was also a worshipper at the weekly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Monday, doing so between 2pm and 3pm weekly.
In protest against the church closure, Mr Barry has chosen the same time to do a daily vigil outside the locked church every day since last Monday.

He has pledged to do it daily until the Church reopens.

He said it is his belief that the Coronavirus was sent ''from above as a wake-up call to move back from materialism.''

''People have lost the difference in the meaning between need and greed," he said.

However, he stressed he is not against progress or prosperity.

With pandemic set to continue for weeks, maybe months, Catholic Bishop of Cork and Ross Fintan Gavin has invited people throughout the diocese to join the Easter ceremonies online this year.

The Cathedral’s live-stream can be accessed by logging on to www.corkandross.org.

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