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Watch birth of Jesus on stage

An infant, born in a humble manger in Bethlehem on December 25, changed the world.

Bistupur-based St Mary’s Church, in an innovative twist to its Xmas celebrations, will showcase a dramatised version of the Nativity scene this year on Tuesday.

Usually, the priest blesses the statue of infant Jesus and at the end of midnight Mass kisses it. This has been the tradition across all Roman Catholic churches.

However, this time, the 90-year-old St Mary’s Church has decided to deviate. The decision was taken on Sunday evening after the Bistupur-based Roman Catholic church committee held a meeting with priest Father Chonhas Khalko and assistant priest Father David Vincent.

“This will be the first time, at least in any Roman Catholic church across the state, that the birth of Jesus will be enacted during the Mass. Church members dressed in traditional attire of Bethlehem will play out the characters associated with the birth and will walk up to the church dais amid chanting of the Gloria hymn,” said Father Vincent.

Father John Mundu then will bless and kiss infant Jesus, played by a real baby. This will be followed by reading of extracts from the Bible and sermons.

Church members will play out the characters of Mother Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, two angels, three shepherds and three wise men of the east.

All the 2,000-odd members of St Mary’s Church will be dressed in their traditional best. The two-hour-long Mass will start at 11pm.

“The midnight Mass will be conducted in Hindi. We wanted to involve our members in the Mass and thought of this innovative idea. We hope people appreciate it. Members are busy rehearsing their roles,” said Father Khalko.


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