The audiences of the show The day of the Lord tripled on Sunday. They have thus reached an unprecedented level, in a context of containment where religious gatherings are not allowed.
This Sunday March 22, the televised mass on France 2 gathered 1.7 million viewers (15.1% audience share). A score more than tripled compared to average audiences (550,000 viewers), according to a press release from the producer CFRT. The previous Sunday (March 15), the television mass had already attracted 1.1 million viewers (12.1% of pda).
“The Day of the Lord maintains a close bond with its most faithful viewers, but also with a wider audience of believers and non-believers who, in the test of confinement, are in search of spirituality and communion” , estimates the producer of the oldest television program in France.
An online virtual chapel
For the second time in 70 years of existence, The day of the Lord had to repatriate mass in his Parisian studios “in strict compliance with sanitary measures”.
The whole program (magazine and mass, from 10:30 am to noon) gathered an average of 1.4 million viewers (13.1% of audience share). This audience “greatly exceeds” those of Easter and Christmas celebrations, “usually bringing together the largest number of viewers,” said the CFRT.
On digital, the show's website and Facebook page saw their attendance triple. The show plans to launch a “virtual online chapel” on Wednesday.
The April holidays will be “without gathering”
If places of worship have been allowed to remain open, gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited. Emmanuel Macron also warned the representatives of religions on Monday that the April holidays (Jewish and Christian Easter, beginning of Ramadan) will have to be done “without gathering“. An evangelical gathering in Mulhouse was at the origin of one of the main foci of coronavirus in France.
To overcome the confinement, several churches across France remain connected to their faithful through social networks. This is particularly the case of the parish of Bruz in Ile-et-Vilaine, equipped to broadcast Masses and funerals live on Youtube, reports France Blue. The diocese of Vannes broadcasts prayer times on his Facebook page.
For the youngest (and those who speak English), there is also the Justin Bieber option. Sunday, singer confined to Canada with his wife Hailey broadcast his pastor's mass live Judah Smith on Instagram.