The old Church of the Holy Tomb in Jerusalem was last closed in the Black Plague of the 1300. Then comes the epidemic of cause.
And now a video saved through the social means of the caregiver, a Muslim man who has a family, it is said, has revered this tendency to be the holiest of all Christian churches since the years 1100.
The caregiver closes. The heavy bolts fall into place, sounding like a hammer thudding on the heart of the Christian world just before Easter.
Coronavirus is certainly not a black death. But the door of the church was closed just the same.
This is the Holy Week for Western Christians. Orthodox East celebrates Easter on Apr. 19. But the Church of St. Sepulchre is shared by all Christians. And the end of the church around the world, of the East and of the West, could not go on a worse time.
Other faiths have seen their churches shut down, too, Jewish Jewish and mosque and other people, as part of the fight against the transmission of deadly viruses through the social gathering.
People hurt for what we have denied, like longing diabetes for chocolate soda. We are stubborn and so intentional. For some people, the door of church closes is not all that important. They put their faith in other things.
But for many others, for Christians at Easter, what has been lost is stronger and more meaningful than ever. And this, too, is the story of the epidemic, but it is a story largely not to mention.
Not that it’s just weeks…