In Some Places, Easter Isn’t Being Celebrated. It’s Being Fined.

Members of the Victory Christian Ministries International attend an Easter Sunday church service in the church’s parking lot in Temple Hills, Md., as the spread of the coronavirus continues, April 12, 2020. (Michael A. McCoy/Reuters)Some local officials have come after religious organizations with unseemly zeal.
For Christians, Easter is a time to celebrate resurrection. But it’s been hard for some Americans to do that because their local officials are bent on suppressing their observance of the holiday.
Consider members of the King James Bible Baptist Church of Greenville, Miss.

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An Easter People, Now More Than Ever

People celebrate Easter at a church in Novogrudok, Belarus, April 12, 2020. (Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)Our current crisis has revealed the significance of Lent and reminded us of how desperately we need Easter.
At the beginning of Holy Week one year ago, we watched in horror as the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris seemed to be going up in smoke right before our eyes.

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A Meditation after Easter

Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)
Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the April 24, 1987, issue of National Review.
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And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.
And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall show you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.

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