Monday, April 09, 2007

One city, Dubai, with Easter services in 15 languages

Tens of thousands of Christians turned out for services this Easter, with church ministers saying that attendances this year have been larger than ever.

In Holy Trinity Church on Oud Metha Road, Dubai, alone, services were held in more than 15 languages to mark the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Nearby St Mary's Catholic Church was also very busy with many Easter services.

The Reverend John Weir, Senior Chaplain of the Anglican Chaplaincy of Dubai and Sharjah, who gave more than half a dozen services on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday at Holy Trinity Church said: "Easter is the central event of Christian life. The most important fact from which our faith grew is that Jesus died, was buried and rose again.
In addition, this Easter has been particularly busy because both the Western and Eastern branches are celebrating the festival on the same weekend. Usually the two branches of the church mark Easter at different times.
Parking was at a premium in the Oud Metha Road area over Easter, with many worshippers having to park away from the church area and walk in as such large numbers of other Christians were visiting at the same time. Traffic was very heavy in the area, leaving some drivers stuck in long tailbacks.

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