Christians celebrate muted Easter due to lockdown

SHILLONG, Apr 12: It was an unusual Easter celebrations for the people of the state on Sunday, since any kind of mass gatherings including religious ones have been suspended in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In ordinary times, the church is usually packed with Christian’s faithful to mark Easter Sunday.

Despite this, the Christian faithful celebrated Easter Sunday with prayers as they self-imposed themselves at their own homes and continue to battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Roman Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church and Churches of other denominations live streamed their Easter Services through social media.

Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy in his Easter greetings to the people of the state said that it was a festival of hope celebrating the resurrection Jesus Christ.

“Easter inspires people all over the world to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice and forgiveness,” Roy said.

Assembly Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh in his Easter message said that on Easter people should remember Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross and give thanks for the promise of redemption afforded by His resurrection.

“We are celebrating Easter this time during one f the most difficult times and we will be staying at home. Though we cannot gather together, but it does not diminish the hope that we through this important Easter period,” Lyngdoh said.

“Let us pray that the supreme sacrifice of Lord Jesus Christ strengthens our soul and guide our path. May our faith in Christ bring peace and hope in our life,” the Assembly Speaker added.

Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma said that on Easter one should be thankful for all the blessings and rejoice and people are given a chance to experience all the abundance that life can give them.

“May it usher in a new beginning of greater prosperity, happiness, success and good health,” the Chief Minister said.

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