Hyderabad: Christians celebrated Christmas on grand note in the two Telugu States. The Christians started prayers since Monday midnight in churches, which were decorated and beautifully illuminated. They participated in special prayers at various churches in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. They greeted each other chanting Happy Christmas. They sang psalms praising Lord Jesus. Bishops enlightened Christians about the Christmas with their prophecies. They distributed prasadams to the participants. Christians greeted and embraced each other.
Christmas celebrations were held on a grand note at Medak CSI church, which was second largest church in Asian continent. Christians, not only from two Telugu States, but also from across the country visited Medak CSI Church participated in special prayers. Christmas celebrations were held at Amaravathi. In Visakhapatnam, Christians celebrated Jesus Birthday on a grand note. All the Churches echoed with special prayers since midnight. In Prakasham district, pastors conducted special prayers at the century-old historical church Chirala St Louis Marks Lutheran church. They delivered divine message on the occasion.
YSRCP president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, accompanied by his family members participated in the Christmas celebrations at CSI Church in Pulivendula in YSR District. Senior bishops and priests conducted special masses and read out Christmas message.
Governor ESL Narasimhan, Chief Ministers K. Chandrasekhar Rao and N Chandrababu Naidu extended greetings to the people. Leader of the Opposition in AP Assembly YS Jagan Mohan Reddy too extended greetings to people.
At the historic Medak Church, Bishop Solomon Raj conducted a rally in the early hours carrying a Cross on the premises of the church. Former minister G. Jagadish Reddy took part in the special prayers organized at a church in his Suryapeta constituency. Similarly, another TRS MLA from Mancherial Diwakar Rao also took part in special prayers held at CSI Church at Hamaliwada in his constituency along with others. In Khammam town, local MP Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy and MLA Puvvada Ajay Kumar also took part in the special prayers held Saint Mary’s Church.
In Pulivendula in YSR District of Andhra Pradesh, As a part of Christmas celebrations, YSRCP honorary president Y S Vijayamma, along with YS Bharathi, George Reddy, EC Gangi Reddy and YS Vivekananda Reddy offered special prayers at the Pulivendula CSI Church in the YSR District in Andhra Pradesh.
God with me & my son, says Vijayamma
Speaking on the occasion, Vijayamma said God had given her a good husband and a wonderful family. The Lord had given the people’s leader late Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy strength to rule the State righteously. “I feel God was with me and my son during the murder attempt on him and he survived only because of His blessings. God is on my son’s side now”, she said. She expressed her gratitude to the people, who prayed for YS Jagan.