Civic issues, Features and Personalities of Navi Mumbai
Members of Christian faith in the city is observing the holy week, the last week of lent observed for a month. From Palm Sunday to Saturday, they remember the activities and sufferings of their saviour happened in Jerusalem 2000 years ago. It is a time to commemorate, reflect upon, and re-enact, specifically, the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, though many liturgies expand that practice to include his entire ministry.
Various Christian Churches and families in Panvel observe the holy week and rituals by remembering the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus. Thursday was the remembrance of sufferings and Friday is crucifixion of Jesus. On Thursday, Christians use to wash the feet of others re-enacting the deeds of Jesus. Holy Communion is conducted to remember his last supper.
On Good Friday, Christians in Panvel is conducting a mass street processions in which members will sing songs, re-enact sufferings and everyone will carry a cross to take part in the sufferings. Procession will cover 14 important places of Panvel and New Panvel. Every church will conduct a bible reading section were the history of sufferings; crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus will be read. Everyone took part in the procession will kiss the feet of a cross with Jesus and drink bitter water. In evening’s rice gruel are arranged in churches to show respect to their saviour.
On Saturday morning important churches have decided to provide food for the poor and slum dwellers. This is to proclaim the message of their saviour to help others in need. It is the day between crucifixion and resurrection, as Christian will observe different prayer meetings, worships starting on evenings and even go to Easter Sunday. Sunday will be celebration for Christians, as they remember the resurrection of their Christ, Jesus.
Fr. Biju Manucheril of St. George Catholic Church New Panvel said “Holy week is an important part of Christian life. It gives the message of eternal love of god to humanity. The god said to love each other, as he loved us. Holy week also refers to the sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus. So we took part in his sufferings by various rituals such as washing feet, carrying cross, drinking bitter water, providing food for others. Easter Sunday is the celebration as our Christ Jesus defeated death and resurrected to eternal life.”
Sanpada: Jubilee Tamil Church
Jubilee Tamil church in Sanpada has various plans and programs to remember the sufferings, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. On Good Friday, church will have three hours of service, as Jesus was on cross for 3 hours. The church service will have 7 messages, as Jesus conveyed seven words in the cross. On Easter, church will have service on early morning to celebrate resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The church is decided to provide food for poor peoples and slum dwellers near to Sanpada and Juinagar railway stations. A film show on Jesus Christ’s resurrection will also be shown. They will also visit orphanages in Kharghar and provide them with dinner in the Easter night.
“Holy week is filled with joy of resurrection as well as a message for repentance towards God. Our church will take part in the sufferings of Jesus and will celebrate his resurrection from death. To follow his path of loving and helping poor peoples, we will provide food for those living in slums” Said Rev. Joseph of Jubilee Tamil Church Sanpada.
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