When the faithful gather to praise
The Christians in Kerala consider it important to attend the Holy Midnight Mass on Christmas eve.
Pathira Kurbana Churches across the state will be thronged by the faithful who have come to attend the Pathira Kurbana or the Holy Midnight Mass. In Malayalam, Pathira means midnight and Kurbana is the Holy Communion service.
In most of the churches three Holy Communion services will be conducted, starting with the Pathira Kurbana.
This video clip is taken from a church at Vellayambalam in Thiruvananthapuram district. A large number of devotees visit this church to attend the Holy Midnight Mass.