Easter Sunday at St James Church in Delhi


Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Apr 2019 – Today is Easter Sunday, the most holy day of the Christian Church calendar, commemorating the resurrection of Lord Jesus from the dead as described in the New Testament.

Being a Hindu, somehow there was an urge in me to participate in this auspicious event.

There are many old and beautiful churches in Delhi some of which have heritage status.  I decided to visit St James Church, which is not far from where I live. It was built in 1836 and has a beautiful canopy and a spacious garden for people to relax.

When I reached the church only the last part of the ceremony was going on. It consisted of reciting the Closing Hymn, on which I also joined. These are the words addressed to the Lord:

Thine be the Glory, risen, conquering Son:
endless is the victory thou o’er Death hast won ….

After the hymns were sung, a parent brought their one-year-old son for baptism. The child was named Aayaan.

I felt a sense of harmony and peace on this Easter Sunday. I also blessed the child.


Dr Ravi P Bhatia is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, an educationist, Gandhian scholar and peace researcher. Retired professor, Delhi University. His new book, A Garland of Ideas—Gandhian, Religious, Educational, Environmental was published recently in Delhi. ravipbhatia@gmail.com



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