Believers of Christ on Sunday celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead by holding special Easter Sunday services across the state.
Kohima: Delivering Easter message at Cathedral of Kohima, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kohima, James Thoppil reminded the believers to not be discouraged during difficult times but to move forward with Easter hope and resurrection of Christ. Later during the mass, the Bishop also sprinkled holy water upon the faithful symbolising the “baptismal promises and forgiveness of sins”.
At, Christ king Church, Rev. Fr. CM Joseph encouraged the faithfuls to live peacefully, joyfully and in “God’s presence daily,” asserting that God’s love was selfless, compassionate, forgiving, and unconditional.
In Immanuel Baptist Church, Kohima, youth director, Kezhaletuo Yano, reminded the people about the about triumph of Jesus over sin and death through His resurrection, and called upon the believers to reflect their lives and service of God and others, and live a life that had conquering sinful habits.
Youth director, Medozenuo Thou highlighted the message on “The resurrection of Jesus” at Lerie Baptist Church, stating that “Easter was the foundational of our faith,” adding that “greatest miracle” was His own resurrection amongst all the miracles and wonders that he had performed during His earthly life.
Later, youth department enacted a play on ‘Resurrection of Christ’.
During the mass at St. Francis de Sales (SFS) Parish, Rev. Fr. Alex Tep, assistant priest of the parish, narrated how God defeated Satan by raising Jesus from the death and called upon the congregation to resolve to give God the central place in their daily lives.
KLBC: Kohima Liangmai Baptist Church (KLBC) celebrated Easter Sunday at the Church premises, where KLBC Pastor Rev, N.Silubo Zeliang delivered the sermon. In his message, Rev. Zeliang said Easter Sunday was celebrated with joy and happiness as the resurrection of Christ brings hope to the people.
He said Easter Sunday reminds the people of God’s love and endurance and the resurrection proves that the true son of God defeated evil and death.
Maintaining that Easter is a symbol of hope and renewal of new life, he said, “the innocent son of God suffered a brutal crucifixion and gave people justice, peace and non-violence”.
SFXCC: St Francis Xavier Catholic Church (SFXCC) Kidima celebrated Easter Sunday with Rev. Fr. Rajesh Lobo SJ, Eden Gardens and Children’s Home, Khuzama as the main celebrant.
In his message, Fr. Rajesh said the emptiness of Jesus’ tomb was the gift of Hoy Spirit in return to faithful and added that the risen of Lord Jesus was the hope of Easter
He also encouraged the congregation to take “hope of Easter in the time of failure” and urged them to go forward with joy in the time of suffering through Easter hope and resurrection of Christ.
Special prayers were said for world peace and holy mass was carried out as part of the celebration.
LBCD: As part of Easter Sunday celebration, Lotha Baptist Church Diphupar (LBCD) Sunday School department distributed Easter eggs and food items to the homeless and needy at Dimapur Railway station. As part of their outreach program, LBCD Sunday school students and teachers also visited Commissioner Police office, East Police station, Diphupar Police station and Central jail and distributed food items to the policemen on duty.
CBCK: Chakhesang Baptist Church Kohima (CBCK) celebrated Easter Sunday at the church premises, wherein Rev. Vezopa Rhakho spoke on the topic, “His Resurrection, Our Victory” at the morning service and Rev, Dr. Kevekhalo Lasuh spoke on “His Returning, Our Hope” at the evening service.
Christians celebrate resurrection of Christ