Long queues outside churches as Capital celebrates Christmas

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New Delhi, Dec 25 (UNI) The capital was witness to long queues outside well-lit churches as a festive cheer marked Christmas today.

Brilliantly decorated Christmas trees and gorgeous twinkling lights added to the sparkle. Lip smacking desserts and delicious foods were served among families and carol singing and biblical hymns were the order of the day. Many were seen wearing the red Santa cap even as some put up their Sunday best.

People started visting each other and families got together on the occassion.

The main event as usual was at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, which is in the heart of the city. The faithful prayed and lit candles.

Huge crowds thronged the church where the Mid Night mass on Monday and Morning mass on Tuesday were held.

This ceremony was performed in all other churches.

The Sacred Heart Cathedral had a crib depicting the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, the birth place of Christ. It displayed Jesus, Virgin Mary and shepherds surrounding them.

A message outside the Diocesan Community Center adjoining the Cathedral read 'God is with us, Merry Christmas'.

Shops and malls bristled with Christmas cakes, yule logs and other goodies which go with Christmas.

Father Alwyn M J D'Souza, Executive Secretary CBCI Commission for Youth, said while there may be a decline in the rituals which go with religiosity and religion, but there was no let up as far as spirituality was concerned.

''Consumerism and modernity which have taken their toll in the West, have not yet impacted India. The Christmas spirit is alive and kicking,'' he said.

Father D'Souza explained that the son of God had taken birth on planet Earth to alleviate the sufferings of humanity. The very fact that the birth of Jesus took place midnight, and that too in a place where there were animals like buffaloes, is a manifestation that his objective was to provide succour to the downtrodden and destitutes.

He said Christmas stands for peace and giving- be it rendering a service or serving food. The country needs to imbibe this spirit.

The fact that the winter was not as severe as other years brought huge crowds out and outside the churches where people jostled with each other to get an entry into the sanctum sanctorums.

UNI

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