“I thank God for a life that was well-lived, a life that touched so many, and I thank God for the opportunity to serve as pastor.” – Reverend Jay Augustine [#IThankGod]

“I thank God for a life that was well-lived, a life that touched so many, and I thank God for the opportunity to serve as pastor.” – Reverend Jay Augustine [#IThankGod]

Coronavirus concerns mean empty local pews for this year’s Palm Sunday services in many cities and towns.

Durham city and county leaders say no more than 5 people can meet in public or private groups.

“We will be gathering, not physically but we will be gathering. Some telephonically, some electronically, but we all will be gathering in the precious name of Christ to celebrate Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem.”
– Reverend Jay Augustine, pastor of St. Joseph’s AME Church

That change includes Holy Communion according to Reverend Jay Augustine.

“We’re gonna do that for the first time virtually, so we’re gonna do it for the first time in a symbolic action. The same logic will apply to the blessing of the palms. Rather than physically distributing the blessed palms, we’re going to virtually distribute them.”
– Reverend Jay Augustine

While preparing for virtual Palm Sunday in Durham, Reverend Jay Augustine’s thinking about his hometown, New Orleans.

It is known now for the highest death rate caused by coronavirus of any city in the nation.

Just days ago, COVID-19 claimed the life of a New Orleans icon: Ellis Marsalis, the beloved pianist and educator whose musician sons made the family name synonymous with success in jazz.

According to Reverend Jay Augustine, he ministered to Ellis Marsalis family as their pastor before moving to Durham: “Historic St. James AME Church in downtown New Orleans is Mr. Marsalis’s home church. As an optimist, I thank God for a life that was well-lived, a life that touched so many, and I thank God for the opportunity to serve as pastor to those in his family and as pastor of a church that was part of his Christian formation.”

Local churches switch to livestreaming for Palm Sunday amid coronavirus pandemic:
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