Chennai: Christians across Tamil Nadu on Sunday celebrated Easter, which marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ after the crucifixion. Special prayers and services were held in all churches across the State.
In the city, hundreds of devotees thronged the San Thome Basilica, Saint Theresa Church, Perambur, St. Mary's Co-Cathedral, St. Lazarus' Church, and St. Peter's Church, Royapuram, for special mass and prayers. The churches were illuminated to mark the occasion. Processions marking the resurrection were also held in churches.
The largest congregation was held at the San Thome Basilica here and at the Shrine Velankanni church at Nagapattinam in the state. Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, and a host of leaders of various political parties greeted the Christians on the occasion.
“Happy Easter! I hope this special day strengthens the bonds of unity, peace and brotherhood. May the noble thoughts and ideals of the Lord Christ motivate people to serve and bring a positive difference to society,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
In his message, the Governor said, “The sacred day of Easter is a constant reminder of Lord Jesus Christ's endless love for humanity.” “I extend my best wishes to all our Christian brothers and sisters, who are celebrating the festival of Easter. Let us all, on this holy day of resurrection resolve to foster peace, harmony and tolerance, so as to create a better future for all mankind,” he added.
Mr Palaniswami said Jesus Christ, who resurrected on this day preached people to show compassion towards even enemies. “This day is being celebrated by Christians across the world. Let us have his preaching in mind and spread love and peace,” he said. “Brotherhood and humanity should cherish all over the world and my warm Easter greetings to all Christians,” the CM added.