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Updated: March 30, 2013 09:44 IST

Good Friday observed in city

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The faithful gather in large numbers to attend the Good Friday service at the St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Coles Park. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
The Hindu The faithful gather in large numbers to attend the Good Friday service at the St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Coles Park. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

In churches and cathedrals across the city, believers congregated for the special morning mass to observe Good Friday.

In many churches, prayers went on till 3 p.m., the time Christians believe Jesus Christ breathed his last. Evening ceremonies were also held in many churches to mark the day. The period of mourning the death of Christ will end late night on Saturday, when the Easter celebrations will formally begin, said Fr. P.S. George, who heads Bosco Mane.

He said even at the children’s shelter, though no single religion is practised, members gathered to speak about universal love and sacrifice. For many Christians, who have been fasting or observing Lent for the past 40 days, Easter marks the end of the 40-day period.

Shiny, a consultant with a financial services company, said those who don’t fast through the month for health reasons or others, do so today.” She described the service at St. Mary’s Cathedral as a “very peaceful and solemn one”, where she got an opportunity to revisit the basic tenets of her faith. Sunday, she said, marks the end of 40 days of Lent and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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