The Christmas holiday was somber with prayers for tsunami victims in the Indonesian region hit by waves that struck without warning Saturday night.

Markus Taekz said the Rahmat Pentecostal Church in the hard-hit area of Carita did not celebrate with joyous music.

Instead, he said only about 100 people showed up for the Christmas Eve service, usually attended by double that number, because many people had left the area for the capital, Jakarta, or other areas away from the disaster zone.

Noting the disaster that killed hundreds, he said, “Our celebration is full of grief.”

Indonesia is mostly Muslim with Christians, Hindus and other religions as well. Church leaders called on Christians to pray for victims of the tsunami.

A man takes a photo with his mobile phone at a cottage damaged by a tsunami in Carita beach, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
A man takes a photo with his mobile phone at a cottage damaged by a tsunami in Carita beach, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
This aerial shot taken on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, shows volcanic material spew from the crater of Mount Anak Krakatau as it erupts on Java Strait, Indonesia. (Nurul Hidayat/Bisnis Indonesia via AP)
This aerial shot taken on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, shows volcanic material spew from the crater of Mount Anak Krakatau as it erupts on Java Strait, Indonesia. (Nurul Hidayat/Bisnis Indonesia via AP)
This aerial shot taken on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, shows Mount Anak Krakatau as it erupts on Java Strait, Indonesia. (Nurul Hidayat/Bisnis Indonesia via AP)
This aerial shot taken on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, shows Mount Anak Krakatau as it erupts on Java Strait, Indonesia. (Nurul Hidayat/Bisnis Indonesia via AP)
This aerial shot taken on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 shows Mount Anak Krakatau as it erupts on Java Strait, Indonesia. (Nurul Hidayat/Bisnis Indonesia via AP)
This aerial shot taken on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 shows Mount Anak Krakatau as it erupts on Java Strait, Indonesia. (Nurul Hidayat/Bisnis Indonesia via AP)
In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, People search for relatives among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, People search for relatives among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, Indonesian rescuers search for the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, photo, Indonesian rescuers search for the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
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Source: The Associated Press