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Pre-Christmas celebrations at Dibrugarh

By Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Dec 16 - The Inter-Church Forum, a body of different churches in the city here, celebrated pre-Christmas at the Parish Hall in Bishop�s House recently.

The programme was attended by members from different Christian churches like Catholic, Baptist, Church of North India, Mizo Church, Church of Jesus Christ, Believer�s Church, Presbyterian Church, Gossener Evangelical Lutheran (GEL) Church, Saowra Baptist Church and Jehovah Witness. �For us, a child is born, to us a son is given,� was the theme for the celebration.

The entire programme was anchored by Manish Das Tariang. The programme got off with the lighting of a ceremonial Christmas lamp by Fr Nicholas Kerketta, Parish Priest of the local Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish.

The opening prayer was led by the most senior priest, Fr Terence D�souza, while the invocation was done by Pastor Stephen Sonowal. The welcome address was delivered by Dr L Doungel, president of Dibrugarh Inter Church Forum (DICF).

Rev L Takri, Dean of Upper Assam Deanery, who was the key speaker on the occasion, said that Jesus Christ means Redeemer. �Jesus Christ came to the world to redeem mankind from the clutches of sin. He brought joy and peace through love, service and sacrifice. As Christians, all of us become agents of Christ�s love, peace and joy on this earth,� he said.

The celebration also included special musical events on Christmas, including dances, carols and skits from different Churches. The vote of thanks of proposed by David G Momin, Secretary, DICF. The concluding prayer was led by Fr Lazar Kakkasery, Vicar General of Diocese of Dibrugarh.

A candle light procession was also taken out from the Cathedral campus to the town with music and carol singings. A beautifully decorated tableau symbolising the birth of Christ the Saviour on a truck was also part of the procession.

Men dressed as Santa Clause distributed sweets to children, old and young passersby besides a good news booklet each were given away as Christmas gifts to people who greeted them on their way, a release stated.

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