Many celebrated Easter service at St. Theresa Catholic church in Palm Springs Sunday morning. After the reading of Old Testament, Gloria was sung, alter candles were lit and the church bell was rang symbolising resurrection of Christ. Around the globe, the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life identifies some 2.2 billion people, a third of the world's population, as Christian. Easter lilies adorned the altar in many churches. It should go without saying that it behooves us for both moral and practical reasons to understand and accept the faith of others, and to wary of demonizing the many of any faith, be it Christian, Muslim or other, because of the reprehensible acts of a few.
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The bishop said Jesus has called us out of the darkness and death and given each of us the ability to make his presence real for others.
"They do it in such a life-like way, it is so believable - it hits the mark", said Joachim Klenk, one of the spectators. He concluded with "Happy Easter" greetings to all.
As in Catholicism and some Protestant churches, Orthodox Easter is preceded by a 40-day period of fasting and reflection known as Lent.
"The great holiday of Easter has a special moral meaning, carries in itself the unquenchable light of faith, fills the hearts of people with joy, love, with aspiration for the good".
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Reverend Edmunds expects to preach to 3,500 people in three services.
Visitors and worshippers filed through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where tradition says Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. "And may the peace of our Lord Jesus remain with us all".
"This second chance is our hope of freedom".
"Easter is an important festival of Christians, as it is the day on which Jesus Christ reappeared from death and established the fact that he is above death", a pastor said.