Jamshedpur, April 1: Christians across the city offered special prayers across churches in the district on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Devotees in large numbers visited churches like Beldih Baptist Church, St George�s Church in Northern Town, St Mary�s Church in Bistupur to offer their prayers. Loyola School also organised a function to mark Easter.
The worshippers, attired in their best clothes, attended the midnight mass. The churches were decorated with colourful lights. The parishioners lit candles. On Easter Sunday, veiled cross in churches were unveiled.
Members of the Christian community lit candles and offered prayers at various churches in the city.
Others, too, joined in the celebrations as the congregations sung Easter hymns and Easter songs during prayers in order to remember and thank the Almighty.
Easter breakfasts were also organised. People exchanged wishes, Easter cards and gifts on the occasion. Egg painting and egg hunt competitions for kids were held.
�Easter Sunday is the central religious feast in the Christian liturgical year,� Father David of Bishop House, Golmuri said. �According to Christian scripture, Lord Jesus was resurrected on the third day after his crucifixion.
Easter is the strongest pillar of Christian faith and the most important event of the history.� �Easter gives spiritual power to work, accept the discipline, and make sacrifice,� he added.
He said, �Easter is an occasion of rejoicing, thanks giving and sacrifice to the teachings of Christ.�
�An Easter breakfast and service were held early this morning at CMC which was well-attended. The staff and students of CMC also collected money for the treatment of poor patients on this day of giving,� revealed Micheal Luthra.
�Easter service in the church witnessed a packed house and is still on. It will extend till late evening and conclude with a community dinner and reading of the Holy Bible to spread the message of Jesus Christ. �Easter is an important festival of Christians, as it is the day on which Jesus Christ reappeared from death and established the fact that he is above death,� a pastor said.