A massive rally in which Christians across denominations will walk to praise the resurrection of Jesus has been planned on April 4. Four church denomination heads have come together under an umbrella body — United Christians of Kolkata — to organize this rally. This was planned last year as well, but could not be held because of the Covid situation that led to cancellation of all Easter celebrations.
The Church of North India, Roman Catholic Church, Baptist Church and Assembly of God Church have joined hands for the rally and a letter has gone out to all churches and Christian organizations requesting pastors and the faithful to participate. The letter has been signed by the heads of the four church denominations — Bishop Paritosh Canning, head of CNI; Archbishop Thomas D Souza, head of the Catholic Church; Reverend Ivan Satyavrata, head of the Assembly of God Church; Sudip Biswas, head of the Bengal Baptist Union.
Starting from Bishop’s College at 4.30pm, the rally will converge at the St James School ground where a thanksgiving service has been organized. Apart from the usual Easter prayers, where the resurrection of Christ and its significance in today’s world will be spoken about by the heads of the different church denominations, a special prayer for Kolkata will also be held.
“Easter is about new beginnings, about hope for a better world. This is what the resurrection of Jesus teaches us. Hence, we have organized this rally that will see all Christians praying together in these troubled times. We hope the resurrected Lord listens to our prayers,” said Bishop Canning.
Earlier, it had been planned that rallies will come from different directions and converge at the meeting ground. But this plan was changed. The churches have jointly approached the city police for permission and necessary assistance.
“In these difficult times, when each of us is ravaged by the onslaught of coronavirus, special prayers are needed and I am happy to be a part of the Easter rally. For Christians, this is a special time of prayers and a united front like this helps to build that unique bond,” said Dominic Gomes, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Kolkata.
Source: Times of India