Well it does to the people who post here... dispassionate and reasoned debate, with a good deal of humour thrown in for good measure.
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It is a shame that the period from the 4th Sunday of Lent through to Pentecost and all the liturgies that come with it couldn't be moved to later in the year, in place of the Sundays of Ordinary Time.
You can't pretend that you are somewhere different in the calendar. It's the same case as if you were in an isolation hospital or on a desert island for 6 months. When you come out, you pick up life at the date where you find yourself, not trying to live in an imaginary different world.
Let's say we emerge from this crisis at the end of August. In September, we won't be able to celebrate Easter or Pentecost, but we will be able to
* celebrate a return to some kind of normality, although the world and our lives will look very different by then;
* baptise those who have been thirsting for this moment;
* bless palms, or distribute them if we already blessed them privately on Palm Sunday;
* bless and distribute candles, lit from the Paschal Candle;
* commemorate those who have died as a result of the pandemic;
* and much else besides.
Even now we should be at least starting to plan what that joyful celebration / those joyful celebrations could look like. People will need a really cathartic experience after these times of privation.