Hope and Prayer: Looking at religion during the COVID-19 pandemic

Like many other aspects of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, religious observations have also been altered. Worshipers weren’t able to congregate inside local churches on Easter or other Sunday mornings, but many have been able to take part in services via the internet. People have gathered in vehicles for "park and pray" events outside local hospitals and Catholic confessions have been heard outdoors. “People want hope,” the Rev. Eric Coher, lead pastor at Cape Bible Chapel, said. “That’s the bottom line. They want something that they can latch onto that gives lasting hope.” The images seen here were captured by Southeast Missourian photojournalists who were on hand for many of the previously-mentioned happenings.