Churches in Nagaland observe Palm Sunday | MorungExpress
The Ministry of Music praises during the Palm Sunday celebration at CBCK on April 10. (Morung Photo)
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Dimapur/Kohima | April 10
Like the rest of the world, Nagaland hosted Holy Week beginning with mass services observed across the state during Palm Sunday.
Kohima Chakhesang Baptist Church observed Palm Sunday and CMS Mission Sunday at the church premises. Believers showed up in large numbers and offered prayers for a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere to prevail in the society.
Speaking on “His Mission, Our Task,” Reverend Besütsoyi Demo called on the congregation to spread the words of Christ and his love everywhere. He said that the foundation of the Christian faith must be solid. Demo also stressed the need to review and strengthen “our missionary work”.
The program was conducted by Vilhousa Mero with Vesavolii Rhakho and Rhuvi Nienu as cantor and pianist respectively. Praise and Worship was led by Music Ministry while a duet was presented by Citso T Vadeo and Lünülü T Vadeo.
Later, Chikhungo Puro spoke about “His loss, our gain” during the evening service.
St Francis Xavier Kidima Catholic Church under the Diocese of Kohima observed Palm Sunday with the Reverend Father Siby John, parish priest as the main celebrant along with the rest of the world on April 10 in the village.
According to a church press release, Father Siby John said, “Introductory Palm Sunday was a celebration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem with the people who accepted him as king and Messiah. The scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees, however, did not recognize Jesus as the savior.
Blessing of the palms, reading of the Lord’s Passion and Eucharistic celebration were the highlights of the liturgical feast. The procession started at Thokhwezu, the sight of the village, towards the church.
Don Bosco Hostel Campus, Jotsoma (St Chong Hasang Church) observed the Palm Sunday service which was held for the people with the blessing of the palms and the procession. In both locations, the focus of preaching was on the Paschal Triduum which is the three-day period beginning with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper Monday through Thursday, the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, and the conclusion of Easter Sunday.
The Easter Triduum is the celebration par excellence of the entire liturgical year for Catholics. Father C Joseph, counselor at St. Joseph’s College, while leading the Palm Sunday celebration at DBH, Jotsoma, asked the congregation to travel with Jesus to Calvary so that with him fulfilling his mission on the Cross, all may await his resurrection with hope and celebrate Easter.
Christ King Church, Kohima Village also celebrated Palm Sunday on April 10. The main celebration of the Holy Eucharist was led by Father Joseph sdb, parish priest of Christ King parish, Kohima village.
In preparation for Holy Week which began with Palm Sunday on April 10, Thyenyizumi St Andrew Parish held a three-day spiritual retreat for Catholic women in the region including Chetheba, K Basa, Chozuba, Yoruba, Thurutsuswu, Seckruzu, Ruzazho and Thenyizumi. . Fr Sunny Kanjirakkatand and Fr C Joseph preached the retreat while Fr Sojan Puthenkudy, their pastor, led the Palm Sunday service.
At Dimapur, MGOS Church, Dimapur attended Hosanna service on April 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with Morning Prayer, Holy Communion and Hosanna procession and a special service.
As stated in a report by the media cell of MGOS church, Dimapur, “For Orthodox Christians, Passion Week is a special week for special prayers.
The report further states that the Passion Week will be led by the Vicar, Rev. Fr. Dr. PS Varghese. In addition, special prayers will be held every evening from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. from Sunday to Saturday evening.
In Ahthibung, marking the start of Passion Week and Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Sunday school children from Kuki Baptist Church, Ahthibung staged a procession to cries of “Hosanna Blessed be who comes in the name of the Lord”.