Easter holiday rooted in Christian faith


President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has said the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead symbolises the fact that Christians and indeed Nigeria would surmount all challenges besetting her, no matter how great they may be.

"Nobody asks us: "But, are you happy with all that's happening in the world?' Are you willing to go forward", carrying a cross, as Jesus did?

Easter Sunday is a good day to reflect on the words of Saint John Paul II and remember that the Son of God overcame death so that we may be saved through faith in Him.

Later during the Mass, a number of adult candidates were baptised into the Christian faith and, along with others who were confirmed, were anointed with sacred Chrism oil and welcomed into the Catholic Church. For Christians, Easter celebrates the rising of Christ from the grave three days after his crucifixion and death. The next time the two churches will share Easter celebrations won't be until 2025.

"Here is the awesome thing about Easter; the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible".

I love Easter because usually it is a attractive spring day with all the promise of warm days ahead after having made it through the winter and all the snow. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death.

I love Easter because the music is so uplifting - and reminds me of the people I love who sang it with me for so many years.

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The Holy Bible said Jesus Christ gave his life to repay all sins and deliver salvation of humanity, died on the cross and rose on the third day.

On his part, chairman of the caretaker committee of the party Senator Ahmed Makarfi, called on Christians to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ that teaches sacrifice. This year, Easter is on Sunday, April 16.

How can one claim that Jesus was a good man who did good deeds and gave good teachings if it was all a fraud?

The Easter season begins on Ash Wednesday - the first day of Lent, which lasts 40 days - Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday.

In Eastern European countries, they paint with patterns, which often hold meaning and tell the Easter story.

"This was their state on Friday, this was who they had become on Friday and then on Sunday morning, something happened, and something changed".