Christians ring in Easter

Christians ring in Easter

Millions of Orthodox Christians around the world also celebrated Easter in overnight services and with "holy fire" from Jerusalem, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected almost 2,000 years ago.

At St Mary's Church, the special English service in the morning was led by Father Yeruva Bala Showreddy, which was attended by a huge crowd comprising women, children and the elderly.

The tradition of holding Easter services in Moscow's main cathedral started in 2001.

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More than one mass was held in prominent churches, for the benefit of people speaking English and Telugu.

"Easter Sunday is the central religious feast in the Christian liturgical year", Father David of Bishop House, Golmuri said. The whole relationship with Christianity is that point. "According to Christian scripture, Lord Jesus was resurrected on the third day after his crucifixion".

Knights of the Holy Sepulchre attend the Easter Sunday procession in Jerusalems Old City on April 16, 2017.

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This year, followers of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches are celebrating Easter on the same day.

As many as 60,000 gathered in Rome to hear Pope Francis' Easter Sunday message decrying the attack on civilians in Syria.

Pastor Felix Ogidan of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Greater Works Sanctuary, Fate road, Ilorin urged the faithful to use the period to seek God's intervention on the way out concerning the current economic meltdown facing the country.

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"The significance of Easter is it reflects hope that there is life beyond this world". As history.com puts it, " Lent.is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil". The celebrations began Saturday midnight when the covered statues were unveiled in churches. Hundreds of medieval Orthodox churches and monasteries are located there.

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