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Festivity marks Easter celebrations in Capital

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New Delhi, Apr 16 (UNI) Religious fervour, gaiety and cheer marked the Easter Day celebrations in the Capital with holy masses, feasts and exchange of greetings.

After the night-long 'Easter Vigil' in which about 8,000 people participated, people thronged in large numbers at the Sacred Heart Cathedral at Gol Dak Khana for the day's 'homily', which was presided over by Archbishop Vincent Concessao.

The Bishop in his message, while talking of life beyond death, reminded the devout of how Christ was the hope for humanity.

Last evening Christians from all over the city renewed the 'Christian Commitment', which was followed by 'Holy Mass', CBCI spokesman Babu Joseph said.

''After services people distributed Easter eggs and exchanged greetings to mark Easter, when the faithful celebrate Christ's resurrection from the dead.'' This morning special prayers, seeking world peace and happiness for humanity and unity among Christians, were held, which was joined by people from all faiths.

Priests later went to homes to bless the families with 'holy water' to signify a 'new beginning' in their lives on he 'Resurrection Day', when Jesus rose from the dead, for the good of humanity.

''And topping it was the 'Special Easter Meal' in the evening that displayed the true festive spirit of the most important day of the Christian liturgical calendar,'' Mr Joseph added.

Elsewhere in the Capital Christians greeted each other and children exchanged gifts, specially Easter eggs, and participated in the 'Holy Mass,' calling for the 'welfare of the weak' and reminding the sacrifices of Jesus for humanity.

Most churches were well lit and special prayers held to celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead.

UNI AN SC RN1815

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