Today, April 20th, is Easter, a religious holiday celebrated by Christians all over the world. The holiday traditionally precedes Easter Sunday and celebrates – or, more accurately, commemorates – the death by crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, a central figure of Christianity.
“A man who was completely innocent offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” — Mahatma Gandhi
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“The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking.” — Deepak Chopra
“Easter is very important to me, it’s a second chance.” — Reba McEntire
“Earth’s saddest day and gladdest day were just three days apart!” — Susan Coolidge
“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.” — Clarence W. Hall
“Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.” — S.D. Gordon
“Those have a short Lent who owe money to be paid at Easter.” — Benjamin Franklin
“Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” — Martin Luther
“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” — Pope John Paul II
“The story of Easter is the story of God’s wonderful window of divine surprise.” — Carl Knudsen
“Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.” — Floyd W. Tomkins
“To be sure, it was not Easter Sunday but Holy Saturday, but, the more I reflect on it, the more this seems to be fitting for the nature of our human life: we are still awaiting Easter; we are not yet standing in the full light but walking toward it full of trust.” — Pope Benedict XVI, Milestones: Memoirs, 1927-1977
“And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.” — St. Augustine
“We live and die; Christ died and lived!” — John Stott
“There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.” — Linda Grayson
“Passover and Easter are the only Jewish and Christian holidays that move in sync, like the ice skating pairs we saw during the winter Olympics.” — Marvin Olasky
“Happy Easter everyone! Jesus dies, comes back from the dead — and we get chocolate eggs. It’s like turn-down service from God.” – Dennis Leary
“My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper.” — Amy Sedaris
Good Friday was celebrated on April 18th (this past Friday).
Have you ever wondered what happened on Easter or what it is really about? Here is a quick & simple timeline to help you understand the events of Easter.
Infographic source: Jericho Brisance