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Praying for peace

April 21, 2014 17:11 IST

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Prasad N P

At midnight, hundreds had gathered to pray and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ in Secunderabad. Prasad NP chronicled some moments through his camera.

Easter, which follows two days after Good Friday celebrates hope and salvation.

Hundreds of people attended the midnight mass to celebrate Easter at St Mary's Basilica, the oldest Roman Catholic church in the city of Secunderabad.

Prasad NP attended the midnight mass and shared the experience through these images.

Prasad N P is a corporate executive most of the week. He pretends to be a photographer and writer at his blog desi Traveler to fuel his twin passions of photography and travel.

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Image: A man holds a candle while he prays St Mary's Basilica in Secunderabad.
Photographs: Prasad N P

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People from all faiths attended the mass and lighted candles to celebrate Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

People sang hymns from the Holy Bible and greeted each other with message of peace and love.

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Image: People attended the mass irrespective of religion.
Photographs: Prasad NP
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It was heartening to see people of all age groups present.

I saw this mother helping her little sons light the candles.

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Image: A mother helps her sons light the candles ahead of the mass.
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This old lady easily in her 80s was seen lighting candles and singing hymns with a divine glow on her face.

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Image: An elderly lady joins in the prayer.
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It was a beautiful and divine setting when the lights were switched off and hundreds of people lit their candles, and sang together to welcome Jesus Christ.

A small play was also enacted on stage to recreate the events from Holy Bible depicting the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Image: Nuns pray at the midnight mass.
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Not only natives of twin cities of Hyderabad but a lot of foreigners, and also people from across India also attended the mass, truly representing the multicultural heritage of the twin cities of Hyderabad.

 


Image: The mass by attended by people from across the country.
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Archbishop Thumma Bala addressed the gathering and blessed the people present during the mass, he also wished the people peace and prosperity.

If you are travelling to twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad any time St Mary's Basilica should be on  your must visit list besides the usual attractions of Hyderabad like Charminar and Golconda fort.


Image: Archbishop Thumma Bala (extreme right) blesses the people who attended the mass.
Photographs: Prasad NP

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