Mangaluru: Our Lady of Miracle Church Milagres, Mangalore celebrated Easter Vigil Mass on April 3. The service began in the unique way it always does, with the Vicar lighting a single candle on the darkened chancel of the church and sharing its flame with others who renewed their baptismal promises, entered and occupied the seats until all pews slowly joined in the twinkling welcoming the Risen Lord and implored his blessing on his people gathered to receive Him. All lights in the church were then turned on.
The scaled down services were held as per the instructions of the district administration respecting social distancing, mask wearing and availability and active use of sanitiser in view of the Covid 19 pandemic.
However even as the service was live streamed on zoom, devotees thronged the churches and joined the celebrants participating in the service.
Volunteers ensured full compliance to Covid 19 protocols throughout the services.
Prayerful singing by the Choir provided a touch of grace to the observance.