wnol.info January 19 2018

Religious leaders spread messages of celebration on Easter Sunday

January 19 2018, 05:37 | Irvin Gilbert

Easter is the most important feast in the Catholic Church for the Christian faith is built on Christ Jesus' rising to new life. The tradition was started there by Italian migrants in the 1980s. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lent season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration. Even though Good Friday marks his suffering and death, Easter Sunday will show the glory of resurrection - the power of God to prevail over darkness and evil. Celebrated in the early spring, it regarded the rationalist Saxon goddess Easter. "I'm hoping for more than 500".

At Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Highpoint, Father Simon Thomas physically removed an icon of Jesus Christ from the cross and then wrapped it. "But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?" We have the writings and witness of many down through the centuries, yet, do we believe them and come to a saving faith in Jesus? For in experiencing God's death and descent, we are better prepared to absorb and appreciate his resurrection, a hopeful preview of our own eventual rising into eternal life.

Oye said Nigerians should shun corruption, nepotism, sectionalism, hatred and violence so as to allow the love of God displayed in Jesus Christ reign.

"I think there should be additional excitement around the great holidays of the church", he said.

When the women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, they discovered an empty tomb and were concerned that Jesus' body had been stolen. We re-enter these events and again encounter the life saving work of Jesus.

In every generation since the Resurrection, the disciples of Jesus have never stopped telling the story and proclaiming the Gospel (Good News) to all.

A third answer, some believe, is that the "good" in Good Friday was derived from "God" or "God's Friday" - the way the term "goodbye" comes from a contraction of the phrase "God Be With You". The church exists today because Jesus is the risen Lord.

"Today, we celebrate the defeat of death".

But, like most festivities, this was not the only way Easter evolved.

Police were on high alert as Christian commemorations were under way for Good Friday and as Jews marked the week-long Passover holiday.

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