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Special Sunday service as St. James' church turns 150

St. James' Church, the unmistakable central Calcutta landmark with its twin spires, celebrated its 150th year of consecration on Sunday. Popularly known as Jora Girja, the church was built over two years from 1862 in early English Gothic style. The etymology of Jora Girja can be traced to the two double-tier turrets flanking the church and over which rise the lofty spires, each 128-ft high. The church had replaced an older one bearing the same name on Nebutalla Lane near Amherst Street. “White ants had made the roof of the older church weak and it caved in during repairs, prompting a decision to build a new one at a central location,” said Rev. Shreeraj Mohanty, Presbyter-in-Charge of the Church. On Sunday, a special service was held. Rt. Rev. Ashoke Biswas, Bishop of Calcutta, presided over it while The Most Reverend P.P. Marandih, moderator, Church of North India, delivered a sermon. Staff and students of St. James’ School and Pratt Memorial School attended the service.