East Texans celebrate Easter Sunday

Posted April 18, 2017

In Sambrial, the biggest Easter congregation was held at St Francis Catholic Church in Mohallah Fazalpura.

The Christian holiday not only celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but also marks the unofficial start of spring. Special prayers were offered at the churches for the stability and prosperity of the country at the churches. Other main functions of Easter were held in Church of Pakistan and GAF Church in Sambrial city.

After sunrise service, Christians took a round of the church while having lit candles in their hands.

Devout Christians celebrate Easter after observing a 40-day period of Lent, a season of abstinence, that includes a host of significant days including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

After the service, churchgoers also exchanged gifts.

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Easter is primarily a time to reflect on Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection, but for many, Easter is like Christmas, it is celebrated as a combination of the secular and the sacred.

Visitors and worshippers filed through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where tradition says Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

He said Jesus Christ, who was magnanimously selfless even to sacrifice his own life for the sake of fellow human beings, thus gave an example for humankind to understand that the divine love is eternal.

At St Mary's Church, the special English service in the morning was led by Father Yeruva Bala Showreddy, which was attended by a huge crowd comprising women, children and the elderly. "The staff and students of CMC also collected money for the treatment of poor patients on this day of giving", revealed Micheal Luthra.