Twin Cities Christians Prepare for Advent Season
Hyderabad: Christians in the Twin Cities are preparing for a big Sunday, marking the start of the Advent season. With the spirit of Christmas pervading the city, churches are adorned with many sets of nativity scenes of Christ’s births.
As a prelude to Advent, many churches have held Thanksgiving this month. It is also known as the harvest festival.
The Lord’s Church in Bowenpally, which celebrated Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, held special prayers and offerings. According to its pastor, Raj Prakesh Paul, “As part of our thanksgiving, the church participates in various charitable activities. It is celebrated by means of prayers in congregation.
Bishop AC Solomon Raj, Diocese of Bishop Medak, Church of South India, said: “Indian festivals symbolize the culture and ethnicity of the community. Sharing is an extension of thanksgiving. Our churches held thanksgiving a few weeks ago on a Sunday. Most of the congregation participated in the event.
Reverend Sanjay Paul, Lalapet Methodist Church, said, “Advent begins this Sunday. Christians will prepare to receive their Savior. The candles are lit on four successive Sundays and symbolize hope, love, joy and peace. The lit candle on Christmas Day is an indication that the Savior is born.
Prabhu Charan, sexton of the Centennial Methodist Church, said that “the church was decorated with flowers and fruit, most congregations gave gifts on Thanksgiving Sunday.”