"A lot of people are telling me as trying as it is they're finding reservoirs of strength within themselves just the solidarity of other people even though they are unable to shake their hands or embrace them," Timothy Cardinal Dolan said.
The Archbishop of New York says he knows so many are suffering in sickness and are looking to the church for relief and guidance. It's a message he will weave into his virtual mass this Sunday.
"God doesn't cause these tragedies but in every tragedy there's an invitation from the lord to trust in renewal he can bring good out of this evil, he can bring life to death," Dolan said.
More than a million people watched his Palm Sunday mass online, on TV and on the radio. He expects another big audience of worshipers to celebrate Easter in the same way.
"We want the connection to the community to our neighbors around us on the sabbath and now we don't have that but all of that is to remember what goes on inside," Dolan said. "While the church is closed the church actually lives within all of us."
MORE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 COVERAGE
Where are the testing centers
See how our communities are making a difference
Free educational resources for parents and children
How you can help victims of coronavirus
Coronavirus news and live updates in New York
Coronavirus news and live updates in New Jersey
Coronavirus news and live updates in Connecticut
New York City updates
Long Island updates
How coronavirus is leaving ghost towns in its path
Coronavirus prevention: how clean are your hands?
Social distancing: What is it and how does it stop the spread of coronavirus?
Coronavirus closures and cancelations
Coronavirus tips: What Americans need to know
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirus
Total count of COVID-19 cases based on patient address