Like most Americans, Dolly Parton spent Easter Sunday in self-quarantine. But as any self-respecting American knows, it’ll take a lot more than social-distancing guidelines to bring Parton’s spirits down. She put together her own little quiet Easter service and sent it out directly from her home in Tennessee’s Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to a few thoughts about the importance of staying safe, Parton performed Don Francisco’s classic “He’s Alive”, which tells the Easter story from the perspective of Peter.
“I know everyone loves to get all dressed up in their beautiful dresses and hats, their fancy shoes, go to church, be with all your friends. And that’s all wonderful, we all love doing that every year,” she says. “Well, this year we’re going to stay in our house. But that doesn’t mean we can’t worship in the same way that we should. We don’t have to go to a building to worship God. The Kingdom of Heaven is within.”
“Oh, we’ve had a rough week,” Parton acknowledges. “Well, just think about the rough week that Jesus had. And look how well that turned out.”
Last week, Parton announced a million-dollar donation to Vanderbilt University, which has reportedly made advancements in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine.