Odisha Celebrates Christmas with Joy and Fervour

26 December, 2017, 04:16 | Author: Kim Reid
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"Christ was born for us, to save us from our sins, the least we can do is come on His day of birth and celebrate with Him and celebrate with our church family", says Pastor Flynn. In some of the churches, the services concluded with the distribution of cake and coffee.

The St Philomena's Church - one of the tallest churches in Asia situated at the Lashkar Mohalla in the city sported a grand look and thousands of devotees thronged the church to take part in the mass prayer.

"We prayed for world peace and especially for peace in Kashmir. This year also we did not make it so big, but colourful celebrations are taking place", said Father Roy at the Holy Family Catholic Church on MA Road in Srinagar.

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On the occasion, Secretary Tourism Sarmaad Hafeez addressed the gathering and said, "The department was organising cultural events and adventure sports activities to entertain tourists and to engage locals". May the spirit of Christmas be the harbinger of prosperity, abundance and peace in your lives.

"We are begging you for the homeless, the poor, the children, the country, the suffering, the oppressed", Priest Maciej Sokolowski prayed during the ceremony.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in his felicitation message said that Jesus Christ (AS) brought and preached the message of peace, brotherhood and love for the whole humanity. "It was pleasing to see lot of non-Christians celebrating Christmas with the community".

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"Christmas celebration comes once a year, and this is God providing us opportunity and giving us another chance to remember his love towards us, so that we melt the heart of stone and transform it into a tender soft one and distribute love in every possible way", he added.

For the first time after a gap of 50 years, the church bell rang on Christmas at Moulana Azad road.

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