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Even in this time of COVID-19 restrictions, by the time you read this, many in our community — perhaps you and your family — will be returning from sunrise church services.

Others will be preparing to attend their worship celebration. And some will just be enjoying a day of rest.

Children will open baskets of goodies and families will gather for traditional food and fellowship.

For this is Easter Sunday, the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ—the holiest day of the year in many denominations.

The gospels tell us Christ rose from the dead three days after he was crucified. Of course, no one knows exactly what the date was. So Easter became a moveable feast, it's date determined by the phase of the moon.

Easter also marks the end of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, penance and prayer that commemorates the 40 days Christ spent in the wilderness, where he withstood temptation from Satan.

The resurrection has been the basis of Christian faith ever since. And the message remains clear. The sacrifice of Christ — crucifixion, death and resurrection — is central to the salvation of man.

Happy Easter to all.

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