Hundreds of parishioners prayed together by sitting in their car on March 21, as St. Andrew Apostle Parish in Silver Spring, Maryland, held a drive-in Eucharistic Adoration at the church's parking lot, as a safety precaution at a time of social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and as public Masses are not being held in the Archdiocese of Washington until further notice due to the crisis. (CS photos/Andrew Biraj)
St. Andrew's parishioner Tim Carney sits in his car with his 8-year-old daughter Meg, as they pray during the drive-in Eucharistic Adoration at their parish. (CS photos/Andrew Biraj)
Father Dan Leary, St. Andrew's pastor, holds the monstrance during the Exposition of the Holy Sacrament. The priest led the Eucharistic Adoration from an altar facing the church parking lot. Some people knelt in prayer beside their cars during the Adoration. In a related Catholic Standard article, Father Leary said that as people aren't able to participate in public Masses together at this time, they are being drawn to Christ present in the Eucharist in Adoration. “There’s a very beautiful paradox taking place. There’s a contradiction in people’s lives in the fact that they’re starting to realize what they don’t have,” the priest said. “The absence is creating a longing for presence. What God is allowing is this divine encounter of love. He’s turning the hearts and eyes of the people back to Him.” (CS photos/Andrew Biraj)
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