Virtual Prayer Sessions Held Daily

March 22, 2020
Virtual Prayer Sessions Held Daily

Go to the House of Worship Facebook page for virtual prayers: www.facebook.com/BahaiTempleNorthAmerica/

Since the COVID-19 health crisis necessitated closing the Baha’i House of Worship and Welcome Center, staff members are working remotely and decided to move the daily 12:30 p.m. devotional programs to Zoom. The first virtual devotional program was held on Sunday, March 22 and more than 65 people attended. “We were very pleased that so many people joined us”, explained Chris Vodden, Director of the Baha’i House of Worship Activities Office, “especially on such short notice, since we just posted an announcement on Facebook at about 10:00 a.m. this morning! That’s the beauty of social media.”

 

Traffic to the virtual prayers increased every day and on March 31 visitors topped 450 visitors at one time and 843 unique visitors from around the world!

Because of security concerns with the Zoom video conferencing platform, the virtual devotional program was moved to Facebook Live on April 3 and prayers were recited from the grounds of the House of Worship. “We were sad that we wouldn’t be able to hear prayers from visitors from around the world, which we had been able to do with Zoom,” explained Temple staff member, Ellen Price, “but at least through Facebook Live we are able to share prayers from the gardens of the House of Worship and viewers can leave comments.”

Staff are looking into alternative solutions. In the meantime, the virtual devotional gatherings will continue to be held daily at 12:30 p.m. Central, 1:30 p.m. Eastern, 10:30 a.m. Pacific (GMT-5).

Go to the House of Worship Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BahaiTempleNorthAmerica/

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