7 a.m. Sunrise Service – Plantation Point Pavilion
with The Reynolds Chorus
8:30 a.m. Plantation Point Pavilion
10:30 a.m. Worship at the LOCC
with Leah Calvert Bluegrass Gospel Trio
Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion as described in the New Testament, and is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by the 40 day period of preparation of Lent.
Easter is a moveable celebration, meaning it is not fixed in relation to any civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea in 325 established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring equinox – this full moon known as the Paschal Full Moon… (Pascha coming from the Latin meaning “referring to Easter”) The date of Easter therefore varies between March 22 and April 25 inclusively. Dates of the celebration in the Eastern Church are calculated slightly differently than this.
Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for “Easter” and “Passover” are etymologically related and are actually homonyms. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, but attending sunrise services, exchanging the ancient Paschal greeting, “Christ is Risen!” “Christ is risen indeed!”; decorating Easter Eggs – a symbol of the empty tomb; and other customs assist in the celebration of this significant historic and spiritual event.
The New Testament teaches that the resurrection of Jesus, which Easter celebrates, is a foundation of the Christian faith. The resurrection established Jesus as the powerful Son of God. God has given Christians “a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Christians, through faith in the working of God are spiritually resurrected with Jesus so that they may walk in a new way of life, thus helping to bring the Kingdom of God into the here and now, among God’s people, though the reality of a Living God and by the help of The Spirit of God that lives in us and among us.