Special prayers for Kashmir peace during Christmas celebrations

Special prayers for peace in Kashmir were held as Christmas was on Tuesday celebrated with religious fervor and enthusiasm in the Valley.

In his Christmas message, Father Jobi of Holy Family Catholic Church at MA Road in Srinagar said the day is very important day for the entire world when birth of Jesus is being celebrated across the globe.

“Jesus was born to bring peace, so the message of Christmas is love and peace,” father Jobi said.

The priest said the community held very special prayers for Kashmir as the region is going through very difficult times.

“I prayed for the peace in Kashmir. Today in a very special way we prayed for peace in Kashmir. As we all know that Kashmir is a place where we have lot of trials and tribulations and tensions. Let this Christmas bring love and peace in Kashmir,” he said.

He said Jesus in his life preached only love and peace and lived for peace only.

“We believe when there is love among people there will be peace among all the religions,” father Jobi added.

A two-hour-long prayer was held from 11 am at the church in the heart of summer capital Srinagar.

Nisha Raina Koul, who also participated in the celebrations, told Greater Kashmir that minority communities are very much secure in Kashmir.

“I am living here from past four years. And as a minority I don’t feel threatened. We all celebrate festivals together be it Muslim festival or Christian or our (Pandit). I brought my daughter here to explain here how all of us celebrate Christmas festival together,” Ms Raina said.

As expected the day started with special prayers at all churches while main prayers were held at Saint Luke’s Church and All Saints’ Church in the summer capital city Srinagar, Saint Joseph’s Church in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district—the oldest Catholic Church in State—and at a church at the tourist resort of Gulmarg.

Similar prayers meetings were also held in parts of the winter capital Jammu as well.

-GK WEB DESK-

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