Wow Many People Attend Holy Mass in Freezing Cold as Churches in Quebec, Canada Forced to Close by Government

Catholic churches in Québec, Canada are holding Mass outside in the freezing cold. The government has forced the closures of all churches due to the rising numbers of those infected with the virus.

Brave faithful people attend Holy Mass despite the frigid temperatures (-21C).  

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In Montréal, the outdoor Mass in the parking lot of the Cathedral attracts a lot of people. The Archdiocese of Montreal holds 15 Mass celebrations per week.

Daily Mass is celebrated at a quarter past twelve, in the parking lot of the Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral in Montreal, closed by sanitary measures.

Like all churches, the Marie-Reine-du-Monde cathedral is closed by health regulations. Mass must therefore be celebrated in the parking lot. The open-air altar can accommodate up to 250 worshipers, all one meter apart and their faces covered.

Several bend their knees and cross themselves quickly as they enter the parking lot as they would inside. The ground is covered with snow, salt and black slush. Some kneel anyway, often on bags. 

In addition to restricting worship services, Quebec has a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Violators can be fined ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 CAD if they have no reason to justify their going out during restricted times. The start of the school year in schools and universities has been postponed to January 17 and private gatherings are again prohibited.

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