Easter, time to renew one's life

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He said: "As the resurrection morning brought a day of joy and laughter back to the disciples, the future years shall be full of abundance in Nigeria and bring back our joy and celebration in our streets in the name of Jesus".

Recognising the celebrations, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak took to Twitter today to wish Christians in the country a "Happy Easter".

The bishop in homily said that we must not seek Christ in the graves of the dead, not even among the great men covered with dust by the time, we call history. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection.

Though the date of the first Easter is still unknown, records state that the Holy Week tradition reflects the Apostolic Constitutions that was eminent in the latter half of the third and fourth century from Syria.

"We see in the resurrection a second chance for new life", he said.

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa (C), apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, prays during the Easter Sunday procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalems Old City on April 16, 2017.

The Rev. Ann Schwartz, new pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Danville, is aware every week that she'll be preaching to regular attendees, as well as those who attend occasionally or rarely. "At our baptism we accepted the New Life of Christ". Of course, I am speaking of Christmas and Easter.

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It's the message of Easter that resonates with me and reminds me over and over again why Easter is one of those holidays that is special not because of the food or traditions, but because of the message.

While all churches in Lahore witnessed huge Easter congregations on Sunday, most Christian families preferred to stay indoors after being advised to avoid public places.

Many attendees to the service said it was an uplifting experience.

"It's become nearly fashionable in this cold, hard world that we find ourselves in to denigrate those of us who speak out for compassion, kindness, mercy and love. That's what it's all about".

"We're a church that will love you", he said.

Easter is primarily a time to reflect on Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection, but for many, Easter is like Christmas, it is celebrated as a combination of the secular and the sacred.

Easter Sunday marks the close of the 40 days of lent which Christians commit themselves to by observing fasting, abstinence and goodwill to all.

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