As the community copes with new, temporary normals due to the social distancing and isolation of the coronavirus pandemic, the faithful are faced with a week of celebration and worship that must also adapt. Both Passover and Holy Week start this week \u2014 and Darien\u2019s churches have changed to streaming services and some left palms out on the front steps for Palm Sunday on April 5. Religious and nonreligious celebrations like Easter egg hunts have been canceled. Passover begins on April 8, and typically that means families getting together for a seder. But this year, coronavirus has changed the way the Jewish community is able to celebrate. As a solution, many local temples and synagogues have gotten creative by hosting virtual seders and weekly services as well as helping congregants celebrate Passover at home. See where to stream Passover services here. And now, one of Darien\u2019s longest running Good Friday traditions, the Cross Walk, has been canceled for the first time in its 32-year history. Darien\u2019s Cross Walk is a multi-church and faith partnership that begins with the carrying of a large wooden cross from First Congregational Church the nearly two miles to St. Luke\u2019s Parish on the Post Road. The walk began in 1988, when the Rev. Ron Evans was pastor of First Congregational. The walk symbolizes the walk of Jesus Christ to Calvary, where he was crucified \u2014 as is solemnly honored, remembered and mourned on Good Friday. The current pastor of First Congregational since 2012, the Rev. Dale Rosenberger, said the walk was a cherished part of a shared life as different Darien congregations. \u201cWe\u2019re having to alter so much of the landscape of Holy Week, we were hoping to somehow maintain the walk across the heart of our town \u2014 but doing so is such a tactile experience that bunches us together,\u201d Rosenberger said. Related: Many Darien churches turning to live stream Related: Diocese: No public Holy Week, Easter liturgies, Masses delayed until April 30 Instead, the cross will be placed outside First Congregational Church in the morning for residents to leave prayer intentions \u2014 and at 11:30, Rosenberger will drive the cross in his truck to St. Luke\u2019s. As is tradition, a multi-faith prayer service will begin at St. Luke\u2019s at noon and will be live streamed. \u201cIt would be wrong to let the cross become an instrument to spread disease or loss of life \u2014 we need to keep it in front of us as powerful symbolism,\u201d he said. Rosenberger, whose wife, Dr. Cecile Windels, is a pediatrician, said his parishioners have been grateful for the online services despite how limited it may be to the real thing. The church live streams services here. \u201cI just got an email from a family \u2014 I\u2019m their pastor and my wife is their pediatrician \u2014 they said their whole family gathers around because hearing our voices is comfort to them. Even if the medium isn\u2019t as rich as gathering in person \u2014 the hunger, the craving for solace and comfort is so ratcheted up that any attempts we make seem amplified,\u201d he said. History The Rev. Ron Evans, who served as pastor from 1985 to 2007, now lives on the West Coast with his wife Janet, who formerly was with Person-to-Person, provided The Darien Times with some insight. The 14 prayer stops composed for the walk were meant to address various aspects of the community life. The walkers were blessed, seniors were blessed at the former Old Town Hall Homes, men and women of commerce in the business area of the Post Road, art and artists at the stop in front of the Darien Playhouse, the library staff, and Darien Police and the Darien Fire Department. \u201cThe large cross itself, generously donated by St. Luke\u2019s, was walked up the Post Road by clergy, church members and hangers-on, to arrive in time for the annual Good Friday service, always hosted by ever fair St. Luke\u2019s,\u201d Evans said. Evans\u2019 wife, Janet, always had some light refreshments waiting for walkers at the church before the service on behalf of St. Luke\u2019s. The Rev. David Anderson, former rector of St. Luke\u2019s, said the tradition was going strong when he first came to the church in 1989. Anderson left the parish nearly 20 years later in December 2018. \u201cThe tradition then was that the newest clergy had to first carry the cross (or at least that was what they told me.) The cross was made by St. Luke\u2019s parishioner Ken Weeks. It is still the one used,\u201d he said. Anderson said to his knowledge there was never a break in the tradition \u2014 \u201cso this will be the first.\u201d \u201cChristians around the world are going to miss a lot of Holy Week and Easter traditions this year. I\u2019m sure there\u2019s some blessing hidden in this, but for now it just feels sad. Alas \u2014 the Lord can deal with our sadness,\u201d Anderson said. Adapting Current St. Luke\u2019s Associate Rector Susan Wyper said the organizers realized there was no way to transfer the cross from one person to another without violating social distancing. \u201cWe looked at it every which way but it was too hard. The cross is too heavy. In that spirit, we had to do something different,\u201d she said. Wyper said there will be a one-hour live-stream at noon from St. Luke\u2019s. Live stream link here. \u201cIt\u2019s always been a very ecumenical Christian faiths tradition \u2014 we hope to have that same sort of ecumenical spirit that Good Friday has always had for the town,\u201d Wyper said. Rosenberger said that while everything outwardly seems transformed, and a strange land \u2014 everything inwardly \u201cremains the same.\u201d \u201cThe terms loving and serving and sacrifice mean even more \u2014 so there\u2019s no reason to celebrate a full-throated and full-hearted Easter Sunday,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s not always going to be like this. It is only temporary. As St. Paul said, \u2018So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal,\u2019\u201d he said. The cross will be on the steps of the First Congregational Church, 14 Brookside Road, Darien, on Good Friday for anyone who wants to place prayer intentions. For more information, visit saintlukesdarien.org or uccdarien.org.