Christians celebrate Easter across conflict-torn Mideast


Tawadros had earlier announced during his Good Friday sermon that, as mourning for the attack victims was ongoing, the celebratory aspects of Easter would be canceled this year, including the Easter morning reception.

Rev. Mark Mong of Trinity Presbyterian said the resurrection touches many people in many different ways.

Christianity is under siege on two fronts. These are the ones that everyone knows about, even non-Christians. Jesus was blameless and lived a sinless life, a life that was flawless and a life that you and I could never live. They also celebrate His birth on Christmas.

It's the churches 8th annual hunt, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, who say it's a fun way to get the family together and educate children about the importance of the Easter holiday.

Pastor Aaron Smith: Ah, that is a great question. There you will see him.' Now I have told you.

I work hard to finish all my household chores, but I seem to always find one more thing that needs to be done before I can say, "it's finished". We believe in the new life; we do not live it. God's blessings and graces await each of us, but we must do our part to receive them. And that is exactly what happened, Jesus willingly died on the cross, and as any dead man, He was buried.

The love which makes the human mind soften with kindness is a gift from the God transferred through the Easter. "For 'whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved'".

Becker said he will tell his parishioners that you can never understand the resurrection without the crucifixion. He gave power to what He did by raising from the dead. Their answer was that people had varied opinions of who he was.

For many people, Easter celebrates spring; but for many local Christians, Easter celebrates something far more more important: the victory of Christ over death. In this moment, more than ever, we must strive to be more like Jesus. "That's just really awesome to me". We must lovingly accept one another, extending a helping hand to those around us, regardless of religious affiliations and belief. "Jesus transformed situations of despair to situations of joy and he transforms darkness to light", he said.

The good news is that the invitation to become one of his followers is open to all of us and if we come to him with sincerity, no matter who we are or what we have done, He will forgive us and give us eternal life. That first day of the week is the day that we worship.

She says their musical talents come from God.

In Istanbul Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, led hundreds of worshipers at a midnight liturgy to celebrate Easter during the Easter Resurrection Service outside the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George.



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