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Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Happy Easter 2016!

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.

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