Christmas 2020 celebrated with a difference

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 12/27/2020 12:25:26 PM IST

Christmas was celebrated in a subdued manner this year but it did not dampen the real spirit of peace, love, joy and most of all, Hope for a better future. Families gathered to worship the Lord in their own houses while some attended Church services adhering to strict SOPs. Other activities were also taken up for including the downtrodden people during this season of giving and warmth. 

DEPS: Spreading love during the festive season, Dimapur East Police Station (DEPS) personnel distributed hot tea and snacks to beggars on Christmas eve.
Talking to Nagaland post over the phone, East Police Station officer-in-charge, RK Patton said that Dimapur East Police Station came out to distribute hot tea and snacks to the beggars. He informed that it was their duty to serve the people of the town and that they were simply spreading joyous love on the occasion. He also mentioned that the act was pulled off on humanitarian grounds where many downtrodden people in the town had nowhere to go. 
The OC East Police Station being considered the busiest police station in Nagaland also sought prayer support and cooperation from one and all. (Staff Reporter)
UCRC Kohima: Union Christian Revival Church (UCRC) New Market, Kohima celebrated Christmas under the theme, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” A press release by UCRC stated that, assistant pastor Vira Seyie in his sermon spoke on the birth of a new saviour, new messiah whose reign was signalled by announcement to lowly shepherds rather than to those in powerful place. He asked the congregation to reach out to those who were in need rather than just decorating and exchanging gifts. He also exhorted to invite Jesus into one’s heart. 
GSUD: Gorkha Students’ Union Dimapur (GSUD) on December 24 visited Ebenezer Orphanage Home (EOH) at Indisen village. A press release by GSUD advisor, Sunil Singh Limbu stated that, Dimapur Gorkha Union founder chairman, Kumar Subba and NPF minority wing central president, Bishnu Bhattacharjee gave speeches. Earlier, invocation and welcome address was given by EOH director, Akum Amri.  Vote of thanks was delivered by John (EOH).
Shamator Battalion: Shamator Battalion joined the local community in the Christmas festivities at Tuensang & Noklak districts. Assam Rifles troops organised and participated in large number of events as part of the festive season. Remote border posts joined the local community in sports, community feasts and church programmes. Material assistance was also provided to remote border villages for organising Christmas in a befitting manner.
NDPP: Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) youth organisation Dimapur region led by general secretary, Wati on December 24 reached out to the poor, homeless people and beggars at Dimapur Railway Station and on the streets. They provided 230 food packets as a mark of love on Christmas. 
SFXCC Kidima: St Francis Xavier Catholic Church (SFXCC) Kidima celebrated Christmas with Reverend Fr Matthias, parish priest of St Francis de Sales (SFS), Punanamai, Manipur as main celebrant on December 25 at church premises. A press release by SFXCC Kidima stated that, Fr Matthias in the homily explained about Christmas.  Rev Fr Siby John, parish priest of St Francis Xavier in the Christmas vigil eucharist celebration asked the large gathering of faithful to be re-born in Christ at heart and home. Reverend Fr Sebastian Ousepparampil, principal of St Joseph College, Jakhama (Autonomous) offered Holy Mass on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph on December 27. 

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