Most Rev. Oswald Lewis
Bishop of Jaipur

2018 Easter Message By Most Rev. Oswald Lewis


With a great acclamation “He has risen indeed, Alleluia” the month of April commences. Christians all over the world celebrate the greatest mystery of their faith- the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Generally Christmas is celebrated with great external celebration. Hence many have the impression that Christmas is the greatest feast. On the contrary Easter is celebrated with less pomp and show, less external celebration. But this is the greatest feast, supported by so much evidence and history. The Resurrection of Jesus is not an imagination nor a fiction but a historical fact. Innumerable people have born witness to the historicity of Jesus’ Resurrection. In the Acts of the Apostles, the disciples of Jesus, led by Peter, announce and preach that Jesus is living. “But the author of life you killed, whom God has raised up from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” (3:15) On another occasion, in his sermon Peter emphasized the reality of Jesus’ Resurrection which is also attested by witnesses. St. Peter stresses, “But God raised him on the third day and caused him to be plainly seen, not by all people, but by witnesses designated beforehand by God, that is, by us, who ate and drank with him after he had risen from the dead”. (Acts 10: 40- 41) The belief in the Resurrection was so wide spread the people of the house of Israel began to ask, “Brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37) “And day by day the Lord added to their company such as were to be saved” (Acts 2: 47) However, just as it happens in a court of law, the witness and his fellow apostles has been questioned.

Brief History

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is a complete all season destination created in pink stone. Jaipur derives its name from Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a prince, soldier and astronomer, who built the city in 1721 in accordance with Shilpa Shastra, the ancient Hindu tradition on architecture.

The first Christian presence in Jaipur goes back to the time of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur. In 1728 Father Emmanuel de Figuredo accompanied by a lay man Pedro de Silva, who later settled down in Jaipur, came to Jaipur at the invitation of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The Maharaja gifted a piece of land and contributed generously for building of Sacred Heart Church at Ghat Gate in 1871.

The first resident priest of Jaipur was Fr. Conrad OFM Cap. In 1890 Rajputana and Malwa Missions were created separating them from Agra Diocese and in 1891 this new mission was made into an Apostolic Prefecture appointing Fr. Bertram OFM Cap., as the first Prefect of the new Prefecture. To start with there were five priests and five stations namely Bandikui, Nasirabad, Jaipur, Neemuch and Mhow.

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