Easter floral arrangements at St. James Cathedral
Easter floral arrangements at St. James Cathedral in Seattle (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)
Easter floral arrangements at St. James Cathedral
East­er flo­ral arrange­ments at St. James Cathe­dral in Seat­tle (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.”

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 released the fol­low­ing state­ment today:

Jill and I join Chris­tians around the world in cel­e­brat­ing East­er Sun­day, a day of hope and joy, renew­al and rebirth. It marks the end of Lent, a peri­od of sac­ri­fice and con­tem­pla­tion. And it com­mem­o­rates Christ’s Res­ur­rec­tion, a pow­er­ful reminder of God’s love and the promise of redemp­tion for us all.

Dur­ing Lent and espe­cial­ly on Good Fri­day, we held in our hearts all those who are suf­fer­ing from threats of vio­lence and per­se­cu­tion, grief and iso­la­tion, and ill­ness, pover­ty, and oth­er hardships.

Today, we hold close the East­er mes­sage that noth­ing – not even death – can match the pow­er of faith, hope, and love. And we remem­ber Jesus’ sac­ri­fice and recom­mit our­selves to love God with all our hearts and to love our neigh­bors as our­selves, embrac­ing His call to treat one anoth­er with compassion.

To all those gath­er­ing in church­es and homes around the world today, hap­py East­er and may God bless and keep you.

British Colum­bia Pre­mier David Eby released the fol­low­ing statement:

East­er is at the heart of Chris­tian­i­ty. Fol­low­ers of the faith cel­e­brate Jesus Christ’s res­ur­rec­tion from the dead after his cru­ci­fix­ion, which comes with a pow­er­ful mes­sage of redemption.

We reflect on the uni­ver­sal val­ues of Chris­tian­i­ty — peace, love, joy and kind­ness — and look for ways to incor­po­rate those val­ues into our dai­ly lives. For many peo­ple, this is also a time to wel­come longer and brighter days, and even a vis­it from the East­er bunny.

This week­end, my wife Cai­ley and I will be busy hid­ing East­er eggs for our kids, Iva and Ezra, and then sit­ting back and watch­ing their joy as they fill their baskets.

East­er’s mes­sage of hope for the brighter days ahead real­ly res­onates with me this year, as we emerge from the pan­dem­ic. Our gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to a British Colum­bia where every­one can build a good life, with strong con­nec­tions to fam­i­ly and community.

Whether you’re hav­ing an East­er egg hunt of your own, attend­ing a spe­cial church ser­vice or enjoy­ing a meal with friends and fam­i­ly, I wish you a won­der­ful Easter.

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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