#Easter2017

Bishop Munib Younan and a contingent of Protestant clergy attend an Easter visit with the Orthodox Coptic Patriarch of the Holy Land. Each expressed their condolences concerning the Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt. Photo by Ben Gray/ELCJHL

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Jerusalem – Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant Christians all celebrated Easter on April 16th this year. Because each Christian church follows a different calendar, it is rare that the churches celebrate Easter on the same day. Usually occurring once every three years, the next time this is scheduled to happen will be 2025!

Therefore, Easter in the Holy Land this year was a time of calendric unity in celebration and in observance for Christians. This year, the churches also shared in sorrowful prayer after the Holy Week attacks on our Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt. But, in a testimony of unshakable solidarity, the churches drew closer together in the promise of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, shouting louder praises of Hosanna! He is Risen; He is Risen indeed, Hallelujah!

If you have not had a chance to see the galleries from this remarkable Holy Week, read Bishop Younan’s Easter message, or Pastor Carrie’s sermon on the Mount of Olives at Sunrise Easter service, we’ve compiled them here in one place.

Hallelujah!