Coronavirus Tales: People pray for a miracle amid trying times

Updated: 20 June, 2020 09:59 IST | Sherlin Rajan
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    A traffic police personnel holds a placard on a deserted road during a one-day nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in Hyderabad, India.

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    A Sikh devotee pays respect at the Golden Temple during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, in Amritsar.

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    Priests, wearing facemasks amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, stand next to an idol of Lord Ganesha as devotees lineup to pray at the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai.

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    Buddhist devotees wearing facemasks amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus pray at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Sri Lanka's Kandy.

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    An abbot stands in the central aisle of the Basilica of Neuchatel in Switzerland which displays the portraits of 400 parishioners unable to attend the mass due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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    Clerics practice social distancing while reciting terawih evening prayer at the National Mosque in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur.

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    Hindu devotees pray as they stand on a street maintaining social distancing during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, in Kolkata, India.

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    A smartphone broadcasts a mass, during a nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, at the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Syria's northern city of Aleppo.

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    A member of mosque staff prays in the otherwise empty Noor Ul Islam Mosque in Bury, Greater Manchester, UK.

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    A believer wearing a protective face mask prays during "Chaharit" service, the first morning public prayer, at the "Grande Synagogue de Marseille" ("The great synagogue of Marseille"), in Marseille, after France eased lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    A couple offers prayer at the Shivala Bagh Bhayian Mandir  in Amritsar on June 8, 2020

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    A Syrian Christian Orthodox woman watches a mass live on television, during lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the northern city of Aleppo.

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    A nun, wearing a protective glove, prays in St. Peter' Square at the Vatican as Pope Francis leads the Regina Coeli prayer from his window for the first time after lockdown which was put into place to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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    Devotees maintain social distancing as they offer Friday prayers at the Data Darbar Mosque in Pakistan's Lahore.

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    A parishioner wearing a protective face mask and following social distancing regulations, prays during the first mass since the beginning of the lockdown across France due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, at the Saint-Jean cathedral in Lyon.

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    A priest, wearing a protective face mask, gives the holy communion to a worshipper during mass at the Nossa Senhora das Dores church in Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil after the city eased measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Palestinian Muslim worshippers, distanced from each other due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, pray outside the closed Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem

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    Russian orthodox faithfuls wearing a protective facemasks attend a church service at the Kazansky cathedral, in central Saint Petersburg

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    A man wearing a face mask sits on pews marked to help people keeping their social distance at Our Lady of Covadonga Parish in Madrid, Spain

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    A woman prays outside St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral in Melbourne as churches closed to the public live stream their services due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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About The Gallery

In times of despair when the Coronavirus outbreak has infected lakhs of people around the world and claimed scores of lives, many people have turned to prayers to cope with anxiety caused by the pandemic. Places of worship across the globe have been taking necessary precautions to ensure devotees maintain social distancing while praying. Here's how people are attending prayer sessions and following social distancing. Picture/AFP

First Published: 05 June, 2020 20:12 IST