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The message of Easter still has meaning

28 April 2017

That's because Holy Saturday isn't just the day before Easter. More than 50 people, young and old, celebrated Easter by crossing the tidal causeway during the annual Christian pilgrimage.

"As we celebrate Easter, let us reflect on the significance of the season, which is love and sacrifice, to unite as a people".

The faithful attend Mass on Easter Sunday morning followed by sumptuous meal with family members and exchange Easter eggs.

For example, in John 20:1-10 he is affirming that the death of Jesus was real, not a pretense, misconception or deception. For Christians it's the the day Jesus descended to Hell before his Resurrection.

Easter Sunday brings comfort that death does not get the final say, but Jesus does and that those who die in faith of Him one day will be in His presence, said Rev. Nathan Wendorf, pastor at St. PaulLutheranChurch in Harlingen.

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Here is my word acrostic on Easter to illustrate the spiritual message of the festival.

"In this regard, Easter teaches us that even in times of trouble, trials and tribulations we can not give up".

Scriptures from the New Testament preach Jesus sacrificed his own life to absolve humanity of its sins.

The disciple Thomas was not present and declared he could not believe unless he saw and touched the wounds of Jesus. It's the most important day of the church year for Christians. But let me be blunt and talk to you as a friend would: if you are inviting people to Easter church services simply because you think you should, you are missing the point. The precise date of Easter has at times been a matter of contention.

"The great gift of Easter is about hope - Christian hope which makes us have confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake". Sure, the Christian faith is a missionary faith.

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

"You shouldn't presume that since you have accepted Christ as your saviour heaven is guaranteed, but you must also lead a life worthy of Christ's calling, " he stressed.

"Easter reminds us that God is forgiving, He is gracious and there is victory in Him as well as love", added. They knew that dead people did not rise from the dead. The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide.

"Easter is a time when we celebrate the forgiveness of our sins".

The cardinal said that Jesus Christ's burial place is now the space of God to spread light and life.

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