THE BIRTH OF GOD BRINGS LIGHT TO THE WORLD

THE BIRTH OF GOD BRINGS LIGHT TO THE WORLD

This year’s Christmas celebration at St. Antonius Padua Kotabaru was celebrated with great joy and was busier than the previous year. In 2022, the number of people attending Christmas celebrations will still be limited because it is still in the transition period from the Covid pandemic. This year, people are freer to come to church. Kotabaru Church also provides tents on the road north of the church for use by the congregation.

On Sunday, December 24 2023, Kotabaru Church will hold three Christmas Eve Eucharist Celebrations, namely at 17.00 WIB, 20.00 WIB, and 22.30 WIB (EKM). There will also be three Christmas Eucharist Celebrations on Monday, December 25 2023, namely at 06.30 WIB, 09.00 WIB (EKA), and 17.00 WIB (EKR). Taking the theme from the Gospel of John “The Light Shines in the Darkness but the Darkness Does Not Overwhelm It”, this Christmas celebration invites people to realize that in any situation, God will always be present as a light that brings hope and peace.

“There are many challenges from various climates, we face them in our own way as guided by God’s light,” said Father Mahar, SJ in his homily at the First Christmas Eve Celebration. A similar point was also conveyed by Father Hasto, SJ at the Second Christmas Eve Celebration, namely, “We are invited to continue building brotherhood, we must join hands in facing world challenges and problems.”

At the First and Second Christmas Eve Celebrations, the Kotabaru Church had the honor of the presence of Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo Purbodiningrat representing the Yogyakarta Palace and Mr Singgih Raharjo, Acting Mayor of Yogyakarta. This also adds to the joy of the Kotabaru people because it is support from the government for the Christmas Celebration.

The III Christmas Eve Festival (EKM) is not as crowded as the previous festival, but it is still packed with people, especially the young. EKM creatively offers reflection suitable for young people, as well as EKA with reflection for children, EKR with reflection for teenagers. The morning Christmas celebration is dedicated to the elderly.

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