On Easter Day churches everywhere resound with the familiar joyful call: 'Christ is risen; He is risen indeed!' However, this year where there would usually be songs of Easter praise there will be silence. Not because there is nothing to celebrate, of course not, but because we are prevented from meeting together due to the Covid-19 crisis that has gripped the world over many weeks now.
Not being able to meet together on Easter Day will be strange and possibly unsettling, but not meeting together does not mean we cannot worship together. How can that be? Well, there is a sense in which every time we pray we join our prayers with the whole community of the Church both seen and unseen. Think of the familiar words taken from the Thanksgiving Prayer in the service of Holy Communion: 'Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.'
Whenever we pray we never do so alone. Even if there is no-one physically present with us we always pray in company with all God's saints in heaven and on earth who continually support us in our Christian journey. That is true at any time, and will most certainly be true on Easter morning 2020.
It may well be that our church buildings will be unusually silent on Easter Day this year, but in our homes and in the heavenly realms there will as usual be great rejoicing, how could there not be for
'Christ is risen; He is risen indeed!'