Lahore: Christians celebrating Easter with great religious fervour and enthusiasm on Sunday amid tight security. Easter is the culmination of the 40-day Lent, which is a time of fasting, giving alms and repenting.
Special midnight services were offered at all churches throughout the country to mark the beginning of the Easter celebrations.
Easter ceremony was held at the Vatican City, where flames from thousands of candles illuminated the dark hall inside Christianity’s holiest shrine on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites and Pope Francis highlighted the teachings of the Prophet Christ.
The Easter in Pakistan began with the special prayer service in different churches and candles lit in the houses and hymn recited. The Christian community specially prayed for the welfare of the country and the nation on this occasion.
special services for Easter have been arranged in churches of Pakistan, which have been decorated for the occasion.
Christians will exchange greetings and gifts to celebrate the day, which they believe marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his crucifixion.
Special ceremonies were also held on the eve of Easter in various churches of Karachi and Lahore where church choir sang Easter songs and the attendants prayed for country’s solidarity and prosperity.
Easter is one of the oldest festival in christian church. It is the memory of recursion of Jesus Christ. Easter days may come in between March 31 and April 25. Easter 2014 is celebration on April 20 Sunday. Like Christmas and other Holidays Easter won’t come on a particular date. It should be celebrating on Sundays.
U.S. President Barack Obama used his weekly address to reflect on the meaning of the Holy Week and Easter to Christians. In the Statement he said:
‘” This weekend, Michelle and I join our fellow Christians in marking Good Friday and celebrating Easter. We will reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us and rejoice in the triumph of the Resurrection. This season reminds us that God is always with us, in suffering and in celebration. We give thanks for the many blessings in our lives and renew our commitments to follow Christ’s example by loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves. We wish all who celebrate a blessed Easter”.
On Saturday Obama said:
” For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning.
Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their retellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression.
And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season.
These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our responsibilities to God and, as God’s children, our responsibilities to one another.