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Christmas celebrated with fervour

26 December, 2017, 01:14 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Christians would start converging at the church from Sunday midnight and the celebration would continue till the dawn.

Nearly all the 29 churches were brightly illuminated and started their first prayer service between 11pm and 11:30pm on Sunday.

A larger-than-life crib installed in front of Mary Immaculate Conception Church in Panaji was a major attraction with thousands of tourists visiting the place since midnight.

Bishop Father Felix Toppo at the prayer service in midnight led the child Jesus and placed him on the crib inside the church.

Carols were sung between 7:30pm and 11pm. The church is decorated with balloons, lanterns. The Christmas messages were disseminated at these services.

The cathedral had also organised an inter-religious Christmas Milan on December 22.

People in the city celebrated Christmas at the stroke of midnight on Monday as churches held special masses to signify the birth of Jesus Christ and to spread the message of love and universal peace.

The biggest Mass in the Valley was held at the Holy Family Catholic Church at Maulana Azad Road here, where hundreds of Christians, including women and children, assembled to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ and held special prayers.

The morning prayers will begin at 8 am on Monday and conclude at 10.30 pm. Christian families and their friends visited each other's houses and exchanged candies and wished a Merry Christmas.

Prayers were held at the popular churches in the city, Beldih Baptist Church, St Joseph Cathedral and St. Anthony's Church to mark the birth of their savior.

"We are disappointed that there was no snowfall on Christmas eve".

"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.



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