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Easter celebrated with joy and prayers in Visakhapatnam

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Mar 28, 2016, 4:54 am IST
Updated Mar 28, 2016, 7:16 am IST
Easter Sunday is a happy day for Christians, as they believe that resurrection symbolises death is not the end.
Families offer flowers on the tombs of their beloved ones in Visakhapatnam to mark Easter Sunday. (Photos: DC)
 Families offer flowers on the tombs of their beloved ones in Visakhapatnam to mark Easter Sunday. (Photos: DC)

Visakhapatnam: Holding candles and singing hymns featuring the resurrection of Jesus Christ, many Christians marched to the cemetery in the early morning and also held morning prayers in churches across the city here on Easter Sunday.

According to the Christian faith, Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday and resurrected triumphing over death on Sunday. Easter Sunday is a happy day for Christians, as they believe that resurrection symbolises death is not the end.

 

The Easter Vigil was also held in churches and chapels. It is considered the most important service of the liturgical year in the Roman Catholic Church, began shortly before Saturday midnight.

The cemetery near GVMC witnessed a huge rush from early morning till afternoon as people gathered there to light candles and lay wreath and flowers on the tombs of their beloved ones. Christians paint the tomb or deck it up with flowers on the day. Some Christians also go on fast from Good Friday and break it on Easter that ends the Passion Week.

The sermons at the church were on the resurrection of Jesus and how it gives salvation and makes mortal mankind immortal. “It is a great day for us. We celebrate Christmas as the birthday of Jesus. But, Easter assumes much more importance as Jesus died on the cross and resurrected on the third day fulfilling his father’s will and bringing salvation for humanity on the Easter Sunday,”

 

Prashant, a youth said at Union Chapel. The churches arranged special breakfast and lunch for the believers so that all can spend quality and prayer time together. There were special skits and competitions to mark the day.  At Saint Paul’s Church, three crosses were erected to understand and feel how things took place than.

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