Christmas cheer in Dibrugarh

DIBRUGARH, ASSAM –Christmas comes to Dibrugarh every year with an impressive inter-church programme.  Like all the previous years, Dibrugarh Inter Church Forum (DICF), an association of Christian Churches, celebrated its ninth advent Christmas yesterday at the Cathedral hall in Bishop’s House. The DICF comprise of the  Catholic Church, Baptist Church, Presbyterian Church of India, Church of North India, Church of Jesus Christ, Dibrugarh Kuki Worship Service, Saura Baptist Church, Believers’ Church and EUSI of Assam Medical College.

The Cathedral hall, which was gorgeously illuminated and decorated, was thronged by hundreds of old and young Christians coming from different corners of the district. The programme started with the lighting of Christmas lamps by Dr Lamkholal Doungel, president of the Forum, priests and nuns present. The jam-packed congregation of the worship service was greeted and welcomed by Fr Lazar, Vicar General of Dibrugarh Dioceses.

Scripture readings from the Bible in English, Hindi and Assamese and a series of carol songs followed by invocation prayer conducted by Rev Twinson Sangma and special prayer from Pastor Stephen Sonowal were part of the worship service.

The Christmas message was delivered by Dr Lamkholal Doungel, President of the Forum on the theme “Jesus a Saviour is born.” Dr Doungel underscored the need to live by the teachings of Christ to give true meaning to the Christmas celebration in the face of universal crisis of love, peace and compassion. He also called upon the congregation to pray for communal harmony in the country.

A candle light Christmas procession was also taken out in the town from Bishop’s House to the traffic point near the Khemka market junction and again back to the venue. People on both sides of the street were also seen greeted “Merry Christmas” by the two Santa Claus. A tableau, showing the birth of Jesus was also  as part of the procession.

Other highlights of the programme included release of DICF journal “Voice” by the Vicar General, Offertory prayers by Pastor CW Marak and thanks giving prayer by Rubi Nath. The vote of thanks was proposed by David G Momin, the secretary, DICF. The whole programme was anchored by assistant professor Manisha Tariang, an executive member of the DICF.

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