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Christians Celebrate Easter Across Conflict-torn Mideast

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Symbols of Easter can trace origins to prophesies of Christ

Easter Sunday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ was celebrated with religious fervour in the city.

Easter is a joyous reminder that Jesus' Resurrection overcomes fear and doubt, the US bishops said in their 2017 Easter message.

"As we proclaim on Easter Sunday, 'Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining, '" the cardinal said in his Easter message April 16.

Good Friday is marked as a day of mourning while Easter Sunday celebrates the belief that Jesus rose from his grave.

"The great gift of Easter is about hope - Christian hope which makes us have confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake". "It's about God and family", Rodriquez said.

Bell said Easter means a lot of things to a lot of people.

Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday marks the Last Supper that Jesus Christ had with his 12 apostles as well as the "Washing of the Feet" (Maundy) which he had performed on them.

The Bible never says celebrate Easter on one specific day. For the Christian, that Jesus was born remains vital, but is only a small part of a story that would have ended were it not for the stone being moved, Jesus' body being gone, reports made of his being seen alive after his death and his resurrection.

"It's the most important day in our religion", she said.

Easter morning services were planned at many locations across the area Sunday morning. Abhishek Patrick, director of Jesus and Mary Academy, said after the prayer service they started preparing for lavishing feast with families and friends.

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, has assured Nigerians that the power of resurrection will not only end the menace of corruption but bring the economy out of the woods very soon. Easter is about the awesome love of God for you and me.

"I come every week, but Easter is special because of the resurrection", he said.

I love Easter because I love the fact that we still dye Easter eggs - not just because we HAVE to, but because we WANT to.

Wendorf says Easter is "the critical event upon which our Christian faith is built upon".

Then they see Jesus Himself, and they worship Him and He tells them, "go and tell my brothers that I have risen and will see them again in Galilee".

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