Dec 25, Colombo: Amid heavy security Sri Lanka today celebrated the first Christmas after the Easter Sunday bombings at several hotels and churches that killed 268 people.
Police officers and tri-forces soldiers guarded the churches that held midnight and Christmas morning masses.
Colombo Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith led the main Christmas midnight mass at the St Sebastian's Church in Katuwapitiya, Negombo, one of the churches bombedd in the April 21 attacks.
Several of those injured in the Easter Sunday attack on St Sebastian's Church also participated in the Midnight Mass at the church.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith delivering his sermon said he chose to hold the main Christmas mass at the St. Sebastian Church, in order to celebrate Christmas with those affected by the Easter Sunday attacks.
He said the Katuwapitiya Church is a place where the lives and hopes of people changed drastically following the Easter bombings. The Church, he said, is no longer a memorial of the tragedy, but a place that has taught the world patience and forgiveness.
Cardinal Ranjith added that the Easter attacks changed everyone and directed them towards a journey of patience and kindness.