An Easter cross
An Easter cross (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)
An Easter cross
An East­er cross (Pho­to: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

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 Matthew (28:1–10) are com­mon­ly read dur­ing East­er ser­vices and litur­gies as part of Chris­t­ian com­mu­ni­ties’ obser­vance of the hol­i­day, as they are con­sid­ered author­i­ta­tive accounts of the East­er sto­ry by Christians.

After the sab­bath, as the first day of the week was dawning,
Mary Mag­da­lene and the oth­er Mary came to see the tomb.
And behold, there was a great earthquake;
for an angel of the Lord descend­ed from heaven,
approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
His appear­ance was like lightning
and his cloth­ing was white as snow.
The guards were shak­en with fear of him
and became like dead men.
Then the angel said to the women in reply,
“Do not be afraid!
I know that you are seek­ing Jesus the crucified.
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.
Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quick­ly and tell his disciples,
‘He has been raised from the dead,
and he is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him.’
Behold, I have told you.”
Then they went away quick­ly from the tomb,
fear­ful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce this to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greet­ed them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go tell my broth­ers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.”

Read­ers inter­est­ed in Res­ur­rec­tion-themed reflec­tions may want to read this year’s East­er homi­ly from Michael G. Ryan. Father Ryan has been the pas­tor of St. James (the Cathe­dral Church of the Roman Catholic Arch­dio­cese of Seat­tle) since 1988, and has pub­licly cham­pi­oned many pro­gres­sive caus­es from the pul­pit, includ­ing cli­mate action, immi­gra­tion reform, and gun respon­si­bil­i­ty. Every year, he posts his East­er homi­ly for the enjoy­ment of peo­ple around the world.

East­er reads:

Again, Hap­py Easter!

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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