Easter Sunday celebrated across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/21/2019 12:02:51 PM IST

Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The day is celebrated by Christians across the world with special services. Following are some reports of its celebrations from across Nagaland.

Easter Vigil at CTKC Kohima village: Christ The King Church (CTKC) celebrated Easter vigil mass with parish priest Rev. Fr. Linus Lonuo, SFS, as the main celebrant and Rev.Fr. Rajeesh Devasia as concelebrant on April 20 at Kohima village.

A press release from CTKC Kohima stated that extending warm Easter greetings to parishioners, Fr. Linus said “we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection as we celebrate vigil”. He said that the resurrection of Christ was a historical reality and a fact which took place two thousand years ago.

Asserting that the feast of Easter was a joy in the life of every Christian and believer, he said it was the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection, the saviour Jesus Christ.

Referring to the Bible, the priest narrated how the disciples encountered real experiences of the risen Christ. 

Fr. Linus stated that Jesus restored the human relationship with God by dying and rising from death.

The homily of the celebrant was translated into Tenyidie by Ruokuovituo Robert Rutsa, catechist of the parish.

Earlier, Easter vigil celebration began with blessing of the “Fire and Paschal Candle” by the priest with the Church lights all turned off.

Led by altar servers and a priest holding the new Paschal Candle, the congregation followed singing hymns and proceeded into the Church with each person carrying their own candles.

During the Eucharistic celebration, six persons were baptised by Fr. Linus administering to them the “baptismal of promise”.

Dziisekieii Catherine, Krielabeinuo Cornelia, Azenuo Concepta and Neisevituo Ferdinand read from Scripture. Prayer of the faithful and the service was led by Asatuoii Christiana and Medozhazo Mathew respectively.

LBC Kohima celebrates Easter Sunday: Liangmai Baptist Church (LBC) Kohima celebrated Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Christ on April 21. 

The Easter message was delivered by Liangmail Baptist Association (LBA) president and LBC pastor, N. Silubo Zeliang.

A press release from LBC media cell stated that Zeliang based his message on the verses Corinthians 15:3 to 4, and explained that resurrection day is celebrated every year to show the firm faith of Christians and their walk with God.

The pastor said that through the celebration of Easter, believers gain greater confidence of salvation. He also said that Easter meant that Christians have the identity of Christ, adding that “we were once dead but we are alive in Him”. Zeling also pointed out that the resurrection of Jesus transforms the way people live and die.

LBCD observes Easter Sunday: With the rest of the world, Lotha Baptist Church Diphupar (LBCD) observed Easter Sunday, marking the resurrection of the Lord.

The Depratment of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), in a press release, stated that LBCD pastor Limhathung Lotha, who was the speaker of the day, said that believers worship God because they have faith in the word of God. “Easter reminds us that hope should never be lost,” he stated and reminded the congregation to live according to the will of God so that they may attain the hope of eternal life.

A special song was presented by members of Agri colony Diphupar. 

Sunday school students of LBCD and Longaro also enthralled the congregation with special songs.

SXCC Kidima celebrates Easter 2019: St Xavier Catholic Church (SXCC) Kidima, diocese of Kohima, celebrated Holy Week 2019 at its Church premises which culminated with the Easter Sunday service on April 21.

A press release from SXCC Kidima media cell stated that, Maundy Thursday was observed on April 18, with Rev. Fr. Siby John, parish priest. 

Rev. Fr. Joy Thomas, in-charge of St Joseph’s Post Graduate College Jakhama was the main celebrant of the Easter Vigil.Rev. Fr. Raymond D’Souza, director of Eden Garden and Children’s Home, Khuzama also offered special thanksgivings to God for completion of his 49 years of gospel mission to Nagaland.

The Way of the Cross, veneration of the cross, baptism, renewal of baptism, confession, washing of Apostles feet by the priest, enchanting of Gloria, Easter vigil procession, reading of the word of God, lighting of paschal candle with new fire, blessing of water, sprinkling of holy water on the faithful, Eucharist were highlights of the Holy Week celebrations.

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