2024 February 02

74th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service Held at Cathedral of Christ the King

The Cathedral of Christ the King in Kurunegala was filled with reverence and gratitude on February 2, 2024, as the Diocese of Kurunegala commemorated its 74th anniversary with a Thanksgiving Service. Led by the Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Nishantha Fernando, the service brought together clergy, diocesan officials, lay ministers, and members of the community to reflect on the rich history of the Diocese and to offer prayers for its future.

The anniversary service was a solemn occasion marked by prayers, hymns, and reflections on the journey of the Diocese since its establishment. Attendees took a moment to acknowledge the tireless dedication of clergy and lay ministers who have served the Diocese over the past seven decades, nurturing the faith and spiritual growth of the community.

A special prayer was offered for the Diocese's history, acknowledging the challenges and triumphs that have shaped its identity. The congregation reflected on the Diocese's role in fostering unity, compassion, and service within the community, and expressed gratitude for the blessings received over the years.

In his address, Bishop Nishantha Fernando emphasized the importance of gratitude and faith as guiding principles for the Diocese's future. He urged attendees to continue to uphold the values of love, compassion, and justice, echoing the teachings of Christ and the mission of the Diocese.

Looking ahead to the 75th anniversary in 2025, Bishop Fernando called on the congregation to offer prayers for the milestone event. He expressed optimism for the future of the Diocese, highlighting the opportunities for growth, renewal, and deeper engagement with the community.

As the service concluded, attendees departed with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to the mission of the Diocese. With hearts full of gratitude and hope, they pledged to continue the legacy of faith and service established by their predecessors and to carry the torch of Christ's love into the future.

The 74th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service served as a poignant reminder of the Diocese's enduring legacy and its unwavering commitment to serving God and the community. As preparations begin for the 75th anniversary celebrations next year, the Diocese of Kurunegala looks forward to embarking on the next chapter of its journey with faith, hope, and anticipation.