Stained glass window depicting Resurrection scene
This stained glass window is in the basilica of the Sacred Heart in Paray-le-Monial. (Photo: Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.)
Stained glass window depicting Resurrection scene
This stained glass win­dow is in the basil­i­ca of the Sacred Heart in Paray-le-Moni­al. (Pho­to: Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.)

If you are observ­ing the East­er hol­i­day today, please accept best wish­es from all of us at the North­west Pro­gres­sive Institute.

East­er is the most sig­nif­i­cant holy day for Christianity’s many denom­i­na­tions, although not all of them are cel­e­brat­ing it today. Pas­sages like the fol­low­ing excerpt from the Gospel of John (20:1–9) are com­mon­ly read on East­er Sun­day as part of Chris­t­ian com­mu­ni­ties’ obser­vance of the hol­i­day, as they are con­sid­ered author­i­ta­tive accounts of the East­er sto­ry by Christians.

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Mag­dala came to the tomb ear­ly in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the oth­er dis­ci­ple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have tak­en the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the oth­er dis­ci­ple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the oth­er dis­ci­ple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the bur­ial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the bur­ial cloths there,
and the cloth that had cov­ered his head,
not with the bur­ial cloths but rolled up in a sep­a­rate place.
Then the oth­er dis­ci­ple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet under­stand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.

This will be Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s last East­er as Pres­i­dent. On Fri­day, the Pres­i­dent made the fol­low­ing state­ment regard­ing the holiday:

Michelle and I join our fel­low Chris­tians in observ­ing Good Fri­day and cel­e­brat­ing East­er this weekend.

This is a time to remem­ber the sac­ri­fices made for us and hold all who suf­fer close to our hearts. Yet it is also a time to rejoice, give thanks for the Res­ur­rec­tion, and unite with Chris­tians around the world in pro­claim­ing, “Christ has risen; He has risen indeed.” We wish all who cel­e­brate a blessed and joy­ful Easter.

The First Fam­i­ly cel­e­brat­ed East­er at the Alfred Street Bap­tist Chuch this morn­ing, accord­ing to the White House pool reporter assigned to accom­pa­ny the President:

Alfred Street Bap­tist Church is packed to the brim.

Pres­i­dent Oba­ma, First Lady Michelle Oba­ma, Sasha and Malia are here, per White House.

Your pool­er esti­mates 500+ atten­dees, plus anoth­er 100-per­son cho­rus clad in red, gold and white robes. Pool entered the church to a rous­ing song and then prayer.

Pas­tor greet­ed First Fam­i­ly, then updat­ed the con­gre­ga­tion on the church’s effort to aid cit­i­zens of Flint, Mich., say­ing they’ve sent 15,000 cas­es of water to affect­ed families.

The White House post­ed a pho­to of the First Fam­i­ly singing at the service.

The First Family at Easter services
The First Fam­i­ly at East­er services

The 138th Annu­al White House East­er Egg Roll will take place this year on East­er Mon­day, which is tomor­row. More than 35,000 tick­ets have been issued to peo­ple from all fifty states for the event, the White House says.

Notably, the win­ning art­work for this year’s East­er Egg Roll comes from NPIs home­town of Red­mond, Wash­ing­ton. Per the White House:

Felic­i­ty Ng is a 10-year-old in 4th grade at Audubon Ele­men­tary School in Red­mond, Wash­ing­ton. Her art­work was cho­sen as the 2016 East­er Egg Roll Pro­gram Cov­er. Felic­i­ty enjoys draw­ing, writ­ing, and play­ing piano, and want­ed to cre­ate a patri­ot­ic egg design to com­mem­o­rate Pres­i­dent and Mrs. Obama’s final East­er Egg Roll.

Con­grat­u­la­tions, Felic­i­ty! What an honor.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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