US churches canceling in-person Christmas services amid omicron surge

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Many churches across the U.S. are canceling some or all in-person Christmas services amid yet another surge in COVID cases that have put a damper on people’s holidays for a second year.  

Among those churches were Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital; St. John the Divine, the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York; and the historic Old South Church in Boston.

FILE: The Washington National Cathedral is seen at dawn in Washington on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Rev. Nancy Taylor, senior minister of Old South, said the church was shifting its popular Christmas Eve service to online-only.

“While we cherish these guests under normal circumstances, these are not normal circumstances. We are prioritizing the health and safety of our volunteers and staff,” Taylor told The Associated Press. “We know how disappointing this…

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