Sharing Christ this Christmas
Since 1998, Christmas Exhibition has been one of the major annual events of Jesus Youth Delhi. Every year seeing people gather in large numbers at the Cathedral on Christmas Eve and on Christmas day, the Jesus Youth (JY) were motivated to prepare something for the people to know a little more about what Christmas is all about apart from enjoying the decorations, splendour, and the architecture of the church before going away. After a gap of three years, this year the exhibition was again opened to the huge crowds gathered at Sacred Heart Cathedral on 24th December evening and throughout 25th December after being inaugurated by Fr. Lawrence, the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Cathedral.
The preparation for the Christmas Exhibition began months before Christmas with various JY teams coming together and meeting various church leaders on how to ‘Share Christ this Christmas’. Kerygma Trainings were held in early December as a preparation for the volunteers at Don Bosco Provincial House at Okhla, which in itself was the beginning of a new lifestyle of mission. On December 16, the JY Intercession Ministry started a 13 day Jericho prayer around Sacred Heart Cathedral. On 23rd December night after Kripa Satsang the work on the Christmas Exhibition started at Diocesan Community Centre (Sacred Heart Cathedral premises). Young JY volunteers worked day and night to put up the entire exhibition, and the work was completed on a tight deadline. At 7pm, on 24th December, the exhibition was official inaugurated and opened to the public. We saw an unprecedented footfall of visitors this year till late hours of 25th December 2016.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Arvind Kejriwal was also one of the visitors at the Christmas Exhibition this year, who took time going through each of the stalls and listening to volunteers sharing. The entire flow of the exhibition focused on sharing the beautiful plan of God for the salvation of human kind. There were over twelve stalls sharing the Kerygma, introducing the love of God, reality of Sin, need for Messiah to the birth of Christ and redemption through the Cross, and presenting the Good News of Christ in a simple and tangible manner. Through creative depictions, the life of Jesus, His teachings, miracles and healings were shown. Stalls on the Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost, St.Peter and His Holiness Pope Francis encouraged the visitors to invite Christ in their personal lives and to discover the beauty of having a relationship with a loving God. Volunteers were present in every stall to explain in detail the depictions and also share their testimonies with everyone.
Apart from this, we had a Pro-Life stall. Pro-Life has been an indispensable part of the Christmas Exhibition ever since it started and it has always maintained a strong stand against social issues like abortion, contraception, and euthanasia. Other issues covered under this section were habits promoting culture of death like pornography, addiction, etc. We also had stalls to address queries on faith and prayer requests as well. Films on Prolife were shown, and leaflets and handouts were distributed to all those who came, sharing the true meaning and message of Christmas. Bibles were also available for all who wanted to have one.
The entire exhibition experience was aimed to reach the souls of the lakhs of people coming to discover Jesus on the beautiful day of Christmas. Intercession along with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was happening throughout as volunteers interceded in turns at the Yusuf Sadan chapel on both the days. The Christmas Outreach was an opportunity to experience God's love and grace, of how He emboldened the meek to go and tell it on the mountain, to shout from the rooftops, that Jesus Christ is Lord!