Christians observe Easter
MORGAN CITY — Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead and is Christianity’s most important holiday.
“On Easter, Christ rose from the grave. The Bible says if Christ had not risen from the dead there wouldn’t be any need for us to do right … because we were born as sinners and we sin every day. There’s nobody who doesn’t sin. Nobody is perfect save Jesus Christ,” said the Rev. C.F. Smith, pastor of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Morgan City.
“Because Christ rose on Easter morning, that gives man a second chance to be redeemed. He has a chance to go to Heaven instead of Hell if he lives according to the commandments … Christ’s rising up on Easter morning gives to man all over the world hope,” Smith said.
Easter is a moveable holiday as Christian churches celebrate it the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year, according to history.com.
“The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven,” according to history.com.
The Rev. Bill Rogalla, priest at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bayou Vista, explained that Easter means a hope for an eternal life.
“He heals the rift between God and man that occurred with the original sin of our first parents Adam and Eve … and in his blood we’ve been made clean,” Rogalla said.
“Easter is the mystery we celebrate every time a Catholic priest offers Mass. Everything flows from our Lord’s pierced heart on the cross … everything in our Catholic and Christian faith springs from this moment in time. His resurrection we celebrate on Easter morning opened Heaven for us. This is the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies. Even from Pagan time, man has always known there was something greater than him,” Rogalla said.
In addition to Easter’s religious significance, it also has become associated with commercial sales of jelly beans and marshmallow chicks, Easter egg hunts, bunnies, baskets and chocolate.