Good Friday observed with solemnity in Khammam
Good Friday was observed here on Friday. The Christians commemorated the passion or suffering the death on the Cross of Lord, Jesus...
Khammam: Good Friday was observed here on Friday. The Christians commemorated the passion or suffering the death on the Cross of Lord, Jesus Christ. Processions and prayers in churches marked the celebrations of Good Friday the Khammam district.
The mass was attended by hundreds of devotees in the RCM Church, CSI Holy Trinity Church, Christian Witness Church, Hosanna Mandiram, Good Shepherd, and Gospel Churches in the City and at Churches at Sattupalli, Madhira,Wyra and Palair in the district. In many churches the prayers went on till 3 pm, the time Christians believed that Jesus Christ breathed his last on Good Friday. Evening ceremonies were also held in many churches.
The processions which were full of religious fervour started from various churches and passed through the streets covering the surrounding areas in the immediate vicinity of churches. The processions depicted the final journey of Jesus Christ to the Mount Calvary where he was crucified.
A large number of devotees gathered in churches to pray and seek blessing from Lord Jesus Christ. Candles were also lit signifying the victory over the evil and indicating the path towards enlightenment.
Mark Smiles, the resident of Church Compound of Khammam city, said, “Jesus crucifixion was a horrible painful and disgraceful form of capital punishment used in the ancient world. This method of execution involved binding the victim’s hands and feet and nailing them to a Cross.
Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the Cross.” Many people belonging to Christian community observed strict dietary restrictions like not eating meat for the past 40 days.
The CSI Holy Trinity Church Rev K Sanairaj said Good Friday is of great significance to the Christian Community because it signifies the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The day also reminded people of the importance of giving alms and practicing charity to help the less fortunate.
According to Christian’s theology, Christ’s death provided the perfect atoning sacrifice for the sins of all humankind, thus making the crucifix or cross one of the defining symbols of Christianity, he added.