The significance of Easter

April 12, 2009 5:23:41 AM PDT
It's Easter Sunday, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which Christians believe occurred on the third day after his crucifixion around AD 33. Reverend David Lewicki, of Marble Collegiate Church, joined us with the significance of Easter, especially during these tough economic times. What is the significance of Easter?
Easter is the very heart of the Christian life. Christians celebrate God's act of raising Jesus from the dead. By doing that, God says to everyone "nothing--not even death--can separate you from my love."

Why is Easter so important in these difficult times?
Easter gives us reason to hope. If God can bring life out of death, then life's difficulties don't have to be the end of us. It doesn't mean that life isn't hard... it just means that through it all, we are not naive to be hopeful that something better lies ahead.

How is the date of Easter determined?
Easter Day is the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs next after the vernal equinox. Don't ask me what this really means! It means Easter's on a different Sunday every year!

How is Easter celebrated at Marble Collegiate Church?
We worship together, with people packed in like sardines (in a good way). We proclaim "Christ is Risen." We sing the great hymns and songs of our tradition. We wonder at the mystery and power of God's love. We end singing the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah. And we hug each other a lot!

For more information, visit www.marblechurch.org


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