Easter holiday rooted in Christian faith

Danny Woods
April 21, 2017

It's just one day in the calendar year, but a day that affects us in every way, which is one more reason I really love Easter.

The senior Pastor of Shelter of Glory Church, Makurdi, the Benue state capital, King Omudu, gave the charge during the Sunday Easter service.

"Understanding Easter from a Christian perspective is very important and the celebration of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection from the dead is crucial for believers in Jesus' Christ because for without this doctrine, there is no Christianity and no Christian Easter", he said.

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

Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has called on Christians and all Nigerians to use this year's Easter celebration to reflect on its significance in the life of the nation.

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In the spiritual sense, Easter is symbolic of sacrifice, self-less service, optimism, hope, renewal and rebirth as new person in you. The good news of Easter tells us that wherever we look, regardless of what day it is, Jesus is there, waiting to be seen, waiting for our eyes to open and see new life and new possibilities. "In this way, we proclaim with Mary, 'I have seen the Lord.' Sing joyfully, 'the Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.' Happy Easter!".

"We have reason to celebrate Easter because it means that Christ is risen from the grave". Who can resist singing louder to "He Arose" or thinking about Jesus when they sing "In the Garden", which to many Christians is an all-time favorite.

Marking the end of the Holy Week in Christianity, Easter Sunday is celebrated after mass prayers by the handing out of Easter eggs.

Jean Shanley is retired from The Meadville Tribune where she was communities and society editor. "Let him say not merely, 'Christ is risen, ' but 'I shall rise'". "At St James, we will have a special Easter sermon", said Father Reverend Pradip Biswas.

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