Christmas preparations begin in the churches of Patna | Patna News
The Queen of the Apostles Church in Kurji began preparations from November 28 by holding special mass prayers and decorating the church premises.
Father Pius Prashant SJ, pastor of the church, said spiritual preparations begin four weeks before Christmas. âIt’s advent time and time to wait until we get ready for the festival. The special prayers continue for four weeks and people also observe the fast during this time. Starting December 18, children, youth and the elderly will sing Christmas carols in groups in the evenings to share the joy with others. Nativity scene making and painting competitions will be organized for different groups and the winners will receive prizes, âhe said.
The parish priest added that the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul will bring in economically marginalized people on December 19 and run programs for them just to communicate that they are part of society as well. âOn December 24, the midnight mass will be organized in 3-4 teams taking into account the Covid protocol. Likewise, the morning prayer will also be held in 3-4 shifts on Christmas Day. The decorated crib will be installed this year and people will be allowed to view the decoration in the church, âsaid Father Pie.
The celebration at Padri Ki Haveli in the city of Patna will start from December 15 with Christmas carols, which will be followed by the decoration of the church premises and the family reunion of Christian families. The church is also planning to hold a midnight vigil on December 24 and a morning prayer over Christmas at various times to maintain social distancing.