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Udupi: Christmas Eve Mass at Mother of Sorrows Church

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (JD)

Udupi, Dec 25: Christmas Eve was celebrated with much joy at Mother of Sorrows Church here. Fr Valerian Mendonca, parish priest, celebrated the Holy Eucharistic Mass.

Fr.Vijay Dsouza, assistant parish priest in his sermon said, "We have prepared our houses and ourselves to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. Today, our Christmas celebration has become all about enjoyment. We are crucifying Christ by celebrating Christmas in worldly pleasures. Indians have been ranked top in the richest people of world, and we also have occupied top position in people dying of starvation.”

“Today, Jesus is born in the houses of poor. We need to help the poor rather than to make our Christ richer,” he said.

Carol singing increased the festive spirit among the faithful. Fr Valerian Mendonca himself led the carol singing. A beautiful tableau along with carol singing in background was presented by the parishioners, which gave a holistic touch to the celebrations. A small baby played the character of Jesus Christ which attracted the gathering.

ICYM Udupi unit, to enhance the joy had organized games for the parishioners. Santa Claus distributed chocolates to children. The crib constructed by ICYM members depicted the scenario of Bethlehem during the time of Jesus Christ's birth.

Fr Chethan Capuchin, Fr William Martis were the co-celebrants. Erwin Alva, vice – president, Parish Pastrol Committee, and Gratian Bothelo, secretary were present during the celebrations.

A large number of faithful took part in the Eucharistic celebrations.

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