TV church services provide spiritual nourishment in time of crisis
The broadcasting of church services, sermons by different preachers and worship music on television has never been more popular in Samoa.
With the COVID19 S.O.E. lockdown, many families had no choice but to find the nearest TV set to hear the word of God and for worship on Easter Sunday.
Among them was a family of seven from Manono, who were extremely grateful for the service.
Malia Tovio told the Samoa Observer that in all her years, this is the first time they have not attended an Easter Sunday service.
“It is because there are no church services held on Sunday yet it is Easter,” she said.
The 34-year-old added that there was a feeling of disappointment but she understands the Government's decision.
“In our country, attending church services is part of our lives," she said.
“It does feel different that we are not usually up so early to get ready for church.
“Every Saturday, I have to prepare the ironing of white clothes for my children and husband but now we prepare our Sunday feast after watching a church service on television.”
The mother of five said that in their Catholic beliefs the Holy week is very important.
“During the Lent season, we have to make sacrifices to remind us of what Jesus did, the world is suffering and this is the time to uphold our faith and be thankful to God for his everlasting love.
“Easter Sunday is a reminder that our Lord Jesus died and rose from the dead.
“As Christians it reminds us of God’s love through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
She also said thanked her church’s leaders and representatives that visited every home to offer the sacrament of the Eucharist.
“Despite being so much sadness around the world, we must give thanks unto God for the gift of life because overseas countries have lost so many lives to the deadly coronavirus.
“We thank God for his protection upon our country.”