Cardinal Ranjith delivers televised sermon as bells ring out across the country
It was the first Sunday anyone could remember without a mass at St Sebastians.
A week since the bombings that killed at least 250 people, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Sri Lankas most senior Catholic, had ordered the countrys churches not to hold services until police could be sure they would not be attacked.
In a televised mass, Ranjith delivered a homily before members of the clergy and the countrys leaders in a small chapel at his Colombo residence but in Negombo, those who could not bear to stay home came anyway.
Channa Rejunjoyne has been making candles for St Sebastians church for decades. He had attended mass the night before the attack. His wife and nine-year-old daughter were both there the next morning.
Now he was alone, standing outside the church gate, thumbs in his pockets, staring intensely at nothing in particular. I feel a deep sense of sorrow, Rejunjoyne, 49, said. I have buried my wife and child.
A priest had asked if he might like to come and help with the clean-up on Sunday. So he came. What else was he going to do? Theres no one at home, he said.