Marks on the floor for Communion

In St. Peter's Church in Recklinghausen, in northwest Germany, a mark on the floor indicates to the faithful the distance to be respected when they are in the Communion line.

Disinfection required

In Cologne, the 122 faithful who on Sunday, May 3, attended their first Mass since March 11, were required to disinfect their hands upon entering the church. Dozens of bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizer were made available. As long as the epidemic lasts, this measure will be used before each celebration.

Contactless collection

In this church in Trier, in western Germany, the collection is usually taken up by the altar servers. During the pandemic, they no longer pass through the rows, but have baskets at the back of the church.

Assigned seating

In some parishes, such as here in Kevelaer in Germany, places are assigned personally. The faithful are seated in staggered rows and must remain one yard away from each other. To participate in the Mass, they must first register on the Internet.

Green dots indicate usable seats

Public masses are now held in the cathedral of Trier, Germany, near the border with Luxembourg. To avoid spreading the coronavirus, two large green dots are hung on each bench to show the faithful where they can sit.

Mandatory face mask

In Poland, public masses resumed on April 20. In the parish of St. Joseph in Krakow, the faithful cannot stay in the church for Mass unless they wear a protective mask.

The priest brings Communion

This photo was taken on Monday, May 4, in the Church of St. Lawrence, in Bavaria (Germany), in the city of Eschenbach. Here, to avoid the lines of Communion, the pastor went to each pew to bring Communion to the faithful. He places the sacred host in their hands with tweezers, thus avoiding physical contact.

Safe distance

Angela Merkel officially authorized churches in Germany to welcome the faithful as of Friday, May 1. In Hanover, these two people respect the rules of distance and hygiene for this time of prayer.