Joel Osteen Recruits Kanye West, Mariah Carey For Virtual Easter Service

Easter is going to be a little different this year, as most of us will be spending it at home rather than at church and/or with family and friends. Joel Osteen was planning on going all out for his Easter service, and he's not going to let the coronavirus pandemic stop him. As TMZ reports, the famed pastor will be conducting a virtual service for his Lakewood Church in Houston, and he recruited Kanye West, Mariah Carey, and Tyler Perry to join him — remotely, of course.

Sources tell TMZ that "Mariah will be part of a special tribute to medical professionals and first responders putting their lives on the line in the battle against COVID-19" and will be performing her song "Hero" via webcam, while Perry plans to speak words of encouragement to the massive audience. Kanye and his Sunday Service choir plan to provide the service's music from Los Angeles. Though it's unclear if the performances will be pre-recorded or performed live, it's bound to be an Easter service for the ages.

This isn't the first time Osteen and Kanye have collaborated together. The rapper and his choir performed at Lakewood Church late last year, and planned to be part of Osteen's "Night of Hope" at Yankee Stadium next month; however, that event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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