Millions of Christians celebrate easter worldwide

Jay Jacobs
April 18, 2017

The Holy Fire, a symbol of light and renewal, appears in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Israeli city of Jerusalem and is spread by worshippers around the world.

More than 700 people attended a sunrise service on a attractive Easter morning on Wayzata Beach.

"Thus, I wish all the people of Lagos Central Senatorial District, Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole Happy Easter and a joyous celebration".

"Easter Sunday is the central religious feast in the Christian liturgical year", Father David of Bishop House, Golmuri said. "It separates our faith from every other religion out there is that Jesus is alive", the church's executive pastor, Kevin Frank said.

According to recent studies about 80 percent of Americans are celebrating the Easter holiday and more than 50 percent of Americans are expected to attend Easter mass today.

A view of St. Peter's Square during Easter Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, at the Vatican, April 16, 2017.

For both Western and Orthodox churches, Easter's date changes from year to year.

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"As Christians, we believe that Jesus has risen and our journey with our Lord has been renewed and therefore, it is important for us to forgive and forget all those that may have hurt us and seek forgiveness from all those that we might have hurt", he said.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday in his Easter message charged Nigerians to emulate the sacrificial life Jesus Christ led while on earth by accepting to give his life in redemption for the sins of all.

In predominantly Orthodox Romania, Patriarch Daniel urged Christians to bring joy to "orphans, the sick, the elderly the poor. and the lonely".

Midnight masses were held at churches to mark the occasion. It is a reconstruction of the cathedral that was destroyed by explosion under dictator Josef Stalin.

Alex Nilamboor, a TV cameraman, said that his wife and children spent Easter at Marthoma Church in Church in Sharjah for mass early on Sunday morning.

Irinej evoked Kosovo, Serbia's former province which declared independence in 2008.

Orthodoxy is also predominant in Bulgaria, Ukraine and Moldova.

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