The Caritas Sri Lanka (CSL) played a pivotal role in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bomb blasts that devastated the island nation of Sri Lanka by joining hands and concentrating on the immediate requisites of the victims in close liaison with the government authorities as well as with the international and national voluntary organizations that responded positively at the hour of need.
Today, Rev. Fr. Mahendra Gunatilleke, National Director spearheaded a befitting Commemorative Service conducted at the CSL National Secretariat with the active participation of the entire CSL Family. The day’s proceedings commenced with a Requiem Mass at the CSL Chapel in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Easter Sunday bomb blasts at 6 different locations.
At St. Anthony’s Shrine at Kochchikade in Colombo, St. Sebastian’s Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo and the Zion Church in Batticaloa hundreds of Christians who thronged for the Easter Sunday services as well as guests at 3 five-star hotels located in Colombo were instantly killed by the series of suicidal attacks that commenced at 8.45 a. m. on April 21st.
The entire CSL Family appropriately attired in white wore black mourning bands throughout the day as a mark of respect to the victims and vehemently condemning the inhuman attack. During the Requiem Mass, sharp at 8.45 a.m. six candles were lit symbolically in remembrance of over 250 innocent women, men and children including foreigners who sacrificed their lives and nearly 500 injured.
During the Commemorative Service, prayers were offered for the repose of the souls of all those who sacrificed their lives and for the speedy recovery of those injured, building trust upon the power of the Risen Lord.
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18