Celebrating Easter in goodwill and harmony

St. Mary's acts out the story of Jesus on front lawn

Congregants perform stations of cross today at St. Pat's in Hubbard

Easter is scheduled to fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox around April 14.

"Baskets and chocolate bunnies May also enter the Easter scenes, But let's make sure the children Know what Easter really means...." I think people realize the sacredness of this day.

"It is such a special event".

Ayade made the call in his Easter message to the people of Cross River on Saturday in Calabar.

On this day, decorated eggs - known as Easter eggs are gifted to friends and family members.

Christians in Kerala today attended special prayers and services in churches on the occasion of Easter, marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ after crucifixion. It is an opportunity for the church to celebrate Christ's victory over sin and death.

The Very Rev. Protopresbyter Robert Buczak, dean of Christ the Saviour Cathedral in the West End section of Johnstown, said that Christ's triumph over death reveals God's indestructible power and infinite wisdom.

"In addition, we urge all Christians in Nigeria to use the Easter celebrations to reflect and pray for Nigeria's continuous unity and peaceful coexistence", Makarfi said in a statement signed by the committee's spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye. The best part of all that is the Bible also teaches us in the book of Romans that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved.

This spiritual truth is the center of the Christian faith and separates Christianity from every other religion, Fowler said.

In Eastern European countries, they paint with patterns, which often hold meaning and tell the Easter story.

Christians believe that Christ bore the punishment on behalf of the sinful human race and died. "It is hard to conceive that agony", Diane Turcovsky said. The love that Jesus of Nazareth exemplified in his sacrifice on the cross is mirrored in the lives of men and women of good will who unselfishly labor to alleviate suffering and promote the causes of peace and justice.

Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday marks the Last Supper that Jesus Christ had with his 12 apostles as well as the "Washing of the Feet" (Maundy) which he had performed on them.

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