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 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.
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.
Easter liturgical services from Seattle Christian churches
St. James (Catholic faith tradition)
St. Mark’s (Episcopal faith tradition)
Gethsemane (Lutheran faith tradition)
First Free Methodist Church
Easter messages from elected leaders
President Joe Biden’s comments to faith leaders on promoting COVID-19 vaccines:
Protect your brother and sister. That’s what this is about. It’s about protecting people. It’s a patriotic duty I think we have.
But they’re going to listen to your words more than they are me as President of the United States. When they’re in your sanctuaries, you can talk to them about what we have to do, what’s available, and not to be fearful — not to be fearful getting the vaccine.
And I’ve said, I think it’s — I guess I should say and I’ll conclude by saying: I think it’s more than a patriotic duty; I think it’s a moral duty. Put an end to the dark years behind us — a dark year — and do our part to spread the light in the spirit of all holidays of this spring season.
I want to thank you all for what you’re doing. I look forward to being able to get back into houses of worship and visit like I have in the past and will hope to do again.
But, in the meantime, God bless you all.
Thank you for looking out for your — our brethren. And I think we can get this done. But thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
(Unlike his predecessor, Joe Biden is a practicing Christian who attends church services every week and strives to live by the teachings of Jesus.)
Premier John Horgan:
Easter is being celebrated by Christians in British Columbia and around the world this weekend.
During these challenging times, we are reminded of the power of love, humility and self-sacrifice as exemplified by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Easter is a time of joy and hope for Christians — and there is much to be hopeful for this spring. The finish line is in sight, but we need to keep working hard to protect our loved ones and communities.
Many people will still be spending this holiday away from their family and friends, and I want to thank you for the sacrifices you’ve made to help keep communities safe over the last year. The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly difficult, but we can look forward to better days soon. To everyone celebrating Easter this weekend, I wish you a safe, blessed and joyful holiday.
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- Whatever your Easter traditions, may the day be filled with joy and loved ones
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Again, Happy Easter!