Pattaya’s Christians celebrate Easter

Friday, 13 May 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 19 By  Elfi Seitz

Pattaya’s Christian community celebrated Easter with Roman Catholic tradition and colored eggs.

St. Nikolas Church began the holiday with the carrying of the cross through the 14 stations of Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday as worshippers prayed and sang.

On Easter Sunday, April 24, the resurrection of Christ was celebrated with mass and hymns.  Children dressed in all-white celebrated their first communion during the English-language ceremony.

Everyone attending received Easter eggs and was allowed to take home some holy water.

Rev. Francis Xavier Kritsada Sukkaphat sanctifies the statue of St. Nikolas. Rev. Francis Xavier Kritsada Sukkaphat sanctifies the statue of St. Nikolas.

Afterward, seniors had their hands sprinkled with fragrant water Thai-style in honor of the Thai New Year. Rev. Francis Xavier Kritsada Sukkaphat and other congregation members hung floral wreaths and sprinkled water around statutes of the Virgin Mary and St. Nikolas.

The holiday celebration collimated with a post-mass party.

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