Most Rev. Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo celebrated Easter Eve at Milagres Cathedral, Kallianpur on 03rd April, 2021.
The service began outside the church. With the blessing of the new fire, the Paschal candle was lit and carried into the church.
After the homily, the water was blessed. People renewed the baptismal vows following which the bishop and priests sprinkled holy water on the congregation.
In his message, Bishop Gerald said, “Since a year, it seemed like the Covid-19 and the lockdown had taken way the hope from the hearts of millions. Yet in the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have real grounds for hope. After the greatest ever storm – the judgment of the Cross – Christ sailed through to the far shore, beyond death and hell. And said, “Because I live, you also will live.” That is why we believe: Easter Means Hope.
Not only did Jesus die for our sins, but He rose again, defeating sin and death for all time. This brings us much hope because, though our lives are full of sorrow and pain, sickness, death and betrayal, Jesus’ death brings us hope in the midst of the messiness of life. We have a hope awaiting us in heaven that infinitely outshines the suffering and pain that we might experience here. The resurrection of Jesus confirms hope for us.”
At the end of the mass, Fr Valerian Mendonca, Rector of the Cathedral, extended Easter greetings to all. He thanked everyone who had helped in the smooth conduct of all the services during the week.