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As Easter 2019 comes to a close

Easter season is almost at its end with Easter Monday only two days away. Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday as it is known to many, and it commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death, according to the New Testament of the Christian bible. Worldwide Easter celebrations will continue tomorrow with services, Easter processions, music, candlelight and the ringing of church bells. To many Christians, Easter Sunday is the most significant of Christian observances as it represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which sets the foundation of the Christian faith.

Crowds of Catholic adherents flocked to Rome during Holy Week, which began on Palm Sunday, for the Easter events which took place in Vatican City. Holy Mass will be held from 10am tomorrow morning at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican, and will end shortly before noon. At 12 noon, Pope Francis will appear in the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to deliver his “Urbi and Orbi” blessing, which translates to “To the City and the World.” This blessing of Pope Francis will be given to the City of Rome and to the entire world, and will be broadcasted worldwide. It is a message that many Christians around the world are looking forward too.

The 2019 Easter message from Catholic Voice is delivered by the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, and it states:

“One of the last statements of Jesus on the Calvary cross was ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.’ Forgiveness of every person who harms us is one of the great saving lessons of Good Friday. Then the first words of the risen Lord Jesus at the Resurrection Victory of Easter are, ‘Peace be with you.’ Easter peace is the first gift to us from our healing God. This Easter, let us receive these gifts of forgiveness and healing peace like never before! Let us begin in our hearts, so easily torn apart by bitterness and selfishness. Let forgiveness and healing peace flow into our families and friends.  May these gifts give us the courage to develop real neighbourliness to those in our streets and communities.  Let the homeless and lonely this Easter receive not more pious sentiments but real practical charity and care. Let the forgiveness and healing peace of the Risen Lord Jesus reign this Easter! May we be filled with joy and hope.”

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