A Silent Easter in Christiansted

At St. John’s Episcopal Church on King Street, the doors were closed and all was quiet. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
At St. John’s Episcopal Church on King Street, the doors were closed and all was quiet. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Beside St. John’s Episcopal Church is a representation of what Easter is about. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Beside St. John’s Episcopal Church is a representation of what Easter is about. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Easter celebrates rebirth, a time of excitement and joy after Lent and the season of self-sacrifice. But Easter morning, 2020, in Christiansted was silent.

Churches and businesses were closed, shuttered and locked in response to the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic. Almost no vehicles moved along King Street or Company Street. Very few were even parked.

Only very few people were seen, and all kept large distances between themselves and others. On a day that, normally, would have seen joyful people coming out of churches in bright Easter attire, heading for family meals at restaurants or shared in homes, nothing could be seen that marked the holiday.

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The most poignant sign, at the locked gate of Holy Cross Catholic Church on King Street read “Closed until further notice. May God Help Us All.”

On King Street, the historic Danish Lutheran Church was among the churches closed and shuttered. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
On King Street, the historic Danish Lutheran Church was among the churches that are closed and shuttered. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
All businesses along the arched walkways on King Street are locked. Only a single trash can was visible. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
All businesses along the arched walkways on King Street are locked. Only a single trash can was visible. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
A lone rooster strolls in front of the King Christian Hotel on the waterfront. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
A lone rooster strolls in front of the King Christian Hotel on the waterfront. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
The beach at Hotel on the Cay was empty Sunday morning. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
The beach at Hotel on the Cay was empty Sunday morning. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Almost no traffic was moving through Christiansted. Only a few vehicles were parked along King Street. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Almost no traffic was moving through Christiansted. Only a few vehicles were parked along King Street. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
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