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 Luke (24:1-12) 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.
At daybreak on the first day of the week
the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus
took the spices they had prepared
and went to the tomb.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb;
but when they entered,
they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were puzzling over this, behold,
two men in dazzling garments appeared to them.
They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground.
They said to them,
“Why do you seek the living one among the dead?
He is not here, but he has been raised.
Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee,
that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners
and be crucified, and rise on the third day.”
And they remembered his words.
Then they returned from the tomb
and announced all these things to the eleven
and to all the others.
The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James;
the others who accompanied them also told this to the apostles,
but their story seemed like nonsense
and they did not believe them.
But Peter got up and ran to the tomb,
bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone;
then he went home amazed at what had happened.
Easter news reads:
- Why Easter is called Easter, and other little-known facts about the holiday
- Pope Francis laments Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka
- Sri Lanka attacks: More than 200 killed as churches and hotels targeted
- When the Capitol Easter Egg Roll was chaos
- These rare color pictures show how people dressed for Easter in the ’50s
- Record Easter temperatures in three nations of the United Kingdom
Again, Happy Easter!