Bishop Dr Alex Vadakkumthala carrying Infant Jesus to the crib amid midnight mass at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Burnassery in Kannur | Photo: Latheesh Poovathur | Mathrubhumi
Kozhikode: Amid the COVID threat and crisis, people around the world are celebrating Christmas on Friday. Prayers were held in churches in memory of the birth of Jesus. Priests delivered Christmas messages to the believers. Midnight mass and prayers were held adhering to COVID protocol.
Majority of the people have limited Christmas celebrations in their households in view of the pandemic threat. COVID has affected the gatherings and celebrations to a great extent. Christmas prayers were organised via online in many places. Prayers of Mar Thoma Church began at 7.30 am under the auspices of Theodosius Mar Thoma Metropolitan.
Prayers were held in Malankara Catholic churches on Thursday night. No gatherings were seen in the parishes too. The priests arranged holy masses with only 30 participants. Events on Christmas eve and other festivities were avoided. Market also remained dull and the merchants said that sales decreased by 70 percent compared to previous years.