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SLHC in Canada holds memorial service for Easter Sunday victims

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast conducting Holy Mass.
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast conducting Holy Mass.

The Sri Lankan High Commission in Canada (SLHC), in coordination with the Good Shepherd Church in Ottawa, organised a memorial service including interfaith observations on April 28, to pay tribute to the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks that took place on April 21. The service began with a brief address by Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Canada, Asoka Girihagama, who said that the attacks had brought grief and destruction not only to Sri Lankans, but also to a number of foreign nationals who were guests in Sri Lanka as well.

In his address, the High Commissioner also said that Sri Lanka has been a multi-ethnic, multicultural country for several centuries, and that people were living in harmony. He added that it was important to prevent disruptive forces from creating conflict among the people.

The Holy Mass was conducted by Archbishop of Ottawa, Terrence Prendergast; Rev. Father Virgil Amirthakumar; and Rev. Father Joseph Jacob.

The multi-faith observances were conducted first by Maha Sangha members from the Hilda Jayewardenaramaya Buddhist Monastery, Ottawa Buddhist Vihara, and the Ottawa Therevada Buddhist Vihara, followed by Swamy Dhavalkumar Purohit and Dr. Muzakir Majeed.


 

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