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Prayers, songs and a day of feasting

Silchar, Dec. 25: Christmas celebrations, which began with gusto last Saturday in all the churches in Mizoram, reached their peak today with mass prayers and hymns praising Jesus Christ and all the people coming together for church services.

The choirs and songs devoted to the glory of Jesus Christ added to the joyous ambience.

According to the secretary of the Presbyterian Synod at Kulikawn in Aizawl, Rev. Lalchhuanmawia, two prayer services were observed today in the morning and evening.

A spell of Gospel song was also held in the afternoon in almost all the churches of the state.

The lone midnight mass in the state was observed at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Aizawl.

There are over 500 Presbyterian churches, which form the largest number in the state.

Nearly 50 per cent of 9.5 lakh Christians pledge allegiance to the synod.

The Baptists, Seven Day Adventists, KTP, Pentecostal church and the Salvation Army also celebrated Christmas with prayers and hymns.

The community feasts in the churches, a regular tradition among Mizo Christians, will take place tomorrow afternoon in all the churches in Mizoram.

Carol singers went about the streets in decorated trucks in the state as part of the celebrations.

The Barak Valley districts today also woke up to prayers and reading of the Bible in different churches.

The Presbyterian Church mission here organised a special morning prayer led by church elder Rev. Pranab Das.

There were prayers in the old Catholic church at Badarpur in Karimganj district, which saw the first settlement of the Christians of Portuguese Goans.

Holiday gaiety was evident at Hmarkhawlien in Cachar district, where the residents gathered in the village’s 12 churches.

The indigenous Hmar community of the village came together amid bonhomie to celebrate the occasion.