Heritage city soaks in Christmas celebrations

Devotees in thousands attend midnight Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral; Mysuru Bishop Rev Dr K A William offers special prayers to Infant Jesus seeking peace and love for all people across the world

Mysuru, December 25:- Heritage city Mysuru is all decked up and celebrating Christmas, the festival of joy and togetherness. The churches in the city are brightly lit to celebrate the festival and spread the message of love and peace to the world.

Christians who made preparations for the festival at their homes on Tuesday night headed to churches after 10 pm and participated in Christmas carol followed by special Mass at 12 am. When the statue of Infant Jesus was installed in churches, they wished each other a Merry Christmas and cut the cakes to celebrate Christmas.

Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Mysuru Rev Dr K A William assisted by other priests offered special prayers during the Mass held at St Joseph’s Cathedral (St Philomena’s Church) on Ashoka Road at Lashkar Mohalla here.

“Every human being wants to live in peace and harmony. But it is not seen in the present world. I pray to Lord Jesus to bless all with peace and love,” he said.

St Philomena’s Church, Mysuru

The Infant Jesus was kept in cradle and lullabies were played. Candles were lit and flowers were offered to announce the arrival of Jesus on earth. Devotees sang carols of peace and offered prayers to the lord. Christians wearing consumes of Santa Claus distributed sweets to the gathering.

Former MLAs MK Somashekar, Vasu, Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath visited Bishop’s House on Mother Teresa Road (BN Road) here and wished Rev Dr William on the occasion of the festival.

St Bartholomew’s Church, Mother Teresa Road, Mysuru

Bartholomew’s Church beside Mysuru KSRTC Bus Station has also been tastefully decorated for the Christmas festival. Several other churches across the city have also be been celebrating Christmas with fervour. (MR/KS)

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