The Christian Post.com By Julie Roys Sun., April 12, 2020
Though Christians can’t attend church on Easter morning due to the coronavirus pandemic, they can worship God publicly and collectively from the safety of their own front porch.
At noon on Easter, Christians of all denominations are being urged to gather everyone in their household, step outside, and “Raise a Hallelujah” — shout praises to God, ring bells, and celebrate for 60 seconds.
Then, you can post a picture or video of your celebration on social media with the hashtag #RaiseAHallelujah, or in Spanish #levantaunaleluya, so others are encouraged.
The idea for this initiative began with a pastor in the Chicago suburbs — Trevor McMaken of City of Light Anglican Church in Aurora, Illinois.
In an email to local pastors and Christian leaders, McMaken wrote, “This Easter we remember the hope of Jesus’ resurrection and victory over death in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As churches across our city are unable to gather in person, let’s raise a hallelujah on our front porches to bring the hope of Jesus to our neighborhoods.”
Several local pastors responded to McMaken’s invitation. And the bishop overseeing the diocese in which McMaken serves spread the word to leaders within the diocese.
Now, there’s a website (raiseahallelujah.org) for the initiative so Christians everywhere can participate in Raise a Hallelujah. The website was created by a Christian web designer, who donated his time for this project.
And at the website you’ll find a countdown to noon that automatically adjusts to the time zone you’re in. The webpage also has shareable social media images, a social media feed, and a downloadable flyer you can give to neighbors.