Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem site of Jesus's resurrection

Bishop explained the meaning of the variety of symbols used in the liturgy.

Ukrainian Orthodox faithful light candles from the Holy Fire brought from Jerusalem in St. Volodymyr Cathedral during the ceremony of the Holy Fire in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Hundreds of Christians took out a candlelight procession. Loyola School also organised a function to mark Easter. 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.

He said, "Easter is an occasion of rejoicing, thanks giving and sacrifice to the teachings of Christ".

"As Christians, we believe that Jesus has risen and our journey with our Lord has been renewed and therefore, it is important for us to forgive and forget all those that may have hurt us and seek forgiveness from all those that we might have hurt", he said. He also said our lives have meaning, goal and beauty when they are united to His life. "From my family and I to you and your family, Happy Easter".

This year Easter is celebrated on the same day by both Catholic and Easter Orthodox worshippers.

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"The Church never ceases to say, faced with our defeats, our closed and fearful hearts, 'stop, the Lord is risen.' But if the Lord is risen, how come these things happen?"

Fr. D' Souza SJ, in his homily, said obedience to God is a blessing and disobedience to God will lead to disaster. Originating from the German word "Oster" (New Life Renewal), Easter is the culmination of over two months of dedicated worship.

Close behind, Islam, one of two other great Abrahamic religions, claims 1.6 billion adherents, or almost one in four people on the planet.

Pastor Taiye Aransiola of United Evangelical Miracle Church along Yidi Road, Ilorin in his message titled: "The first resurrection, ‎" called on Christians to leave a holy life to resurrect with the Lord on the last day. May Jesus, who vanquished the darkness of sin and death, grant peace to our days.

"This second chance is our hope of freedom".

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