Christians Globally Celebrate Easter Sunday  

Easter SundayChristians worldwide are celebrating Easter Sunday, a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

It is described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary.

According to the gospel of John in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb where Jesus was buried and found it empty, and an angel told her that Jesus had risen.

Easter is the culmination of the passion of Christ, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

The week before Easter is called holy week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the last supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

The Pope has also delivered his traditional Easter message in Rome, with a scathing condemnation of those who fail to help migrants.

Pope Francis said migrants often met “rejection from those who could offer them welcome and assistance”.

He also condemned terrorism as “a blind and brutal violence” that should be fought with “weapons of love”.

Clergymen at the various worship centres in Nigeria, in their various sermons, sued for ‎peaceful coexistence among citizens and emphasised living in love and humility between the rulers and the ruled.

They urged the leaders to embrace the virtues of sacrifice and tolerance in governance, stressing that the welfare of the people should be their priority.

Christians Celebrate Easter In Southwest Nigeria

Easter - Christians Jesus ChristChristians in southwest Nigeria have joined their counterparts globally to observe the Easter Sunday which is believed to signify the resurrection of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago.

At the House on the Rock Church in Lagos State visited by Channels Television crew, the entire church was in the mood of thanksgiving with a strong conviction that Jesus Christ has resurrected.

There was also a pleasant side attraction lined up to make the Easter service an unforgettable one as international gospel icon, Don Moen, performed some of his hit tracks.

In his Easter message, the Senior Pastor of the House on the Rock Church, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, urged citizens to adopt a positive approach and good deeds towards the reprieve that has come the way of Nigerians.

In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, and wife joined other Christians at the St. Peters Cathedral, Ake to be part of the thanksgiving service marking the Easter celebration.

In his Easter note to the populace, the Bishop of Egba Diocese, Bishop Emmanuel Adekunle, admonished Nigerians to continue to have faith in God in the face of the many challenges currently facing the country.

Similarly, Christians in Osun State were not left out of this year’s commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as they all trooped out to their various places of worship.

It was a filled day for choristers and bands at the various worship centers in Oshogbo, the state’s capital, which were packed full with worshippers apparently in joyous mood dancing and singing.

In their various sermons, clergymen at the various worship centres sued for ‎peaceful coexistence among Nigerians and emphasised living in love and humility between the rulers and the ruled.

They urged leaders‎ to embrace the virtues of sacrifice and tolerance in governance, stressing that the welfare of the people should be their priority.

In Edo State, the Bishop of the Benin Catholic Archdiocese, Most Reverend Augustine Akubeze, admonished Christians to see the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the right path to eternal life.

The Edo State Police Command also had a special thanksgiving at the cathedral to commemorate the end of activities for 2016 Nigeria Police Force Week.

Christians Celebrate Easter

easter_celebrationToday is Easter Sunday, Christians all over the world celebrate the festivity meant to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

It is a day observed on the first Sunday after the “Pascal full moon” or the first full moon of spring following the spring equinox, which constantly falls on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25, according to the Gregorian calendar introduced by Pope Gregory in 1582.

The day is preceded by Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and Good Friday, a 40 period of fasting known as lent, all of which are associated with the events leading to the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and his ultimate resurrection.

However, Easter for eastern orthodox churches comes later, according to the Julian calendar, a solar calendar adopted by Julius Caesar in 45BC, which they also follow instead of the Gregorian calendar.

Meanwhile, in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, Christians marked the day at various churches with lots of dance and singing.

At The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) headquarters, Bishop (Dr) Mike Okonkwo, used the occasion to honour the exemplary character of a 36 year old lady, Josephine Ugwu, who found N15 million at the Lagos airport and reported it to the authorities.

Other churches in the Metropolitan City such as the Celestial Church Of Christ (CCC) and the Methodist Church also marked the day.

Nigerians In Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, also joined the rest of the world to observe the Easter celebration.

The Primate of the Anglican Communion and Bishop of Abuja, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, advised all Nigerians to continue to work and pray for the peace and unity of Nigeria.

In a special Easter message delivered in Abuja, Rev. Okoh said no nation can experience progress in an atmosphere of chaos.

He stressed that the outcome of the March 28 presidential election was the will of God for Nigeria and called on political leaders to refrain from provocative statements and actions.

It was no different in South Africa as Channels Television correspondent, Betty Dibiah, visited some churches in Soweto and Kempton Park where she spoke to Nigerians and some friends of Nigeria on their expectations from the incoming administration in the country.

Today Is Ash Wednesday

ash wednesdayToday is ash Wednesday, a day that marks the beginning of the season of Lent for Christians faithfuls.

It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares Christians for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.

In the Catholic Church, ashes are distributed as a mark to remind the faithfuls that they are dust and unto dust they shall return.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s palm Sunday, and placing them on the foreheads of participants.

According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation, Lent, therefore originated as a mirroring of this, fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter which comes up on April 5.

5 Year Old Girl Dies As Gunmen Attack Girls’ School In Bauchi

Boko Haram attack schoolAnother Boko Haram attack has been reported as gunmen raided another girls’ secondary school, killing a 5 year-old girl, in the early morning of Easter Sunday.

The attack came coming barely a week after gunmen abducted 129 girls from Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

The armed men were reported to have struck at the staff quarters of Government Girls’ Secondary School Yana, in Shira Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Confirming the incident, Police Spokesperson in Bauchi, Mr Haruna Mohammed, said that the gunmen set some houses ablaze at the staff quarters and later burned down a telecommunication mast in the town.

He added that the attackers stole a private car belonging to the principal of the school but gave assurance that other students in the school were safe.

Bauchi State has been one of the relatively peaceful states in Nigeria’s northeast.

Pope Calls For End To War, Condemns Waste exacerbating hunger

Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the “immense wastefulness” in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa.Pope Francis waves as he arrives to deliver the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican

“We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent,” he said in his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message.

Francis, marking the second Easter season of his pontificate, celebrated a Mass to an overflowing crowd of at least 150,000 in St. Peter’s Square and beyond.

The crowd stretched back along all of Via Della Conciliazione, the boulevard between the Vatican and the Tiber River.

Speaking under a sunny sky after a midnight rainstorm soaked the tens of thousands of flowers that bedecked the square, Francis weaved his message around the suffering of people across the globe.

He prayed to God to “help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by conflicts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often responsible”.

Since his election as the first non-European pope in 1,300 years, Francis had made defense of the poor a hallmark of his papacy, often criticizing developed nations and the excesses of capitalism and consumerism.

The 77-year-old pope, wearing white vestments for the service, prayed for the protection of those members of society who are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and abandonment – women, children, the elderly and immigrants.

Easter is the most important day on the liturgical calendar because it commemorates the day Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead after his crucifixion and the Church sees it as a symbol of hope, peace and reconciliation among peoples and nations.


The pope called on the international community to “boldly negotiate the peace long awaited and long overdue” in Syria, where more than 150,000 people have been killed in the civil war, a third of them civilians. Millions have fled the country.

“We pray in a particular way for Syria, that all those suffering the effects of the conflict can receive needed humanitarian aid and that neither side will again use deadly force, especially against the defenseless civil population,” he said.

Francis asked God to “enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine so that all those involved, with the support of the international community, will make every effort to prevent violence and, in a spirit of unity and dialogue, chart a path for the country’s future”.

He also asked for an end to violence in Iraq, Venezuela, South Sudan and the Central Africa Republic.

Francis appealed for more medical attention for the victims of the deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and care for those suffering from many other diseases spread through neglect and dire poverty.

He called for a “halt to the brutal terrorist attacks” in f Nigeria, an apparent reference to Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which earlier this month abducted some 130 girls from a school in the north of the country.

The Easter Sunday services were the culmination of four hectic days of Holy Week activities for the pontiff.

Next Sunday, he will canonize Pope John Paul II, who reigned from 1978 to 2005, and Pope John XXIII, who was pontiff from 1958 to 1963 and called the Second Vatican Council, a landmark meeting that modernized the Church.

Hundreds of thousands of people are due to come to Rome for the canonizations, the first time two popes are be made saints simultaneously and the first canonizations of a pope since 1954.

Gunmen Kill 19 In Easter Attack

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Sunday stormed Afaka village in Kaura local government area of Kaduna state killing 19 people.

The unknown gunmen took the community by surprise as they attacked in the early hours of Easter Sunday leaving 19 people dead and many others injured.

The village shares borders with kaduna and plateau.

An eye witness said the gunmen numbering about 30 invaded the village in the early hours of Sunday shooting sporadically  at people’s houses  before the villagers with support of a neighbouring community were able to repel the attack.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television, the Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Aminu Lawan said the gunmen took the villagers by surprise and started shooting people.

He added that the identities of the gunmen are yet to be known while the police has commenced investigation   into the attack.

He however disclosed that more armed policemen and soldiers have been deployed to the area to maintain law and order.

Crucifixion Of ‘Black Jesus’

Christians globally on Friday commemorated Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday and the faithful in Lagos were not left out as they re-enacted the crucifixion procession.

In a procession that took the faithful from Saint Denis Catholic Church, Ilaje-Bariga through major streets to the Saint Dominic Catholic Church in Yaba, Lagos, songs and prayers were offered at the 14 Stations of the Cross which signify the important points of Jesus’ journey to the cross.

One of the most significant events in the journey of Jesus Christ was his trial, crucifixion on the cross of Calvary and eventual resurrection which set the stage for his redemption of believers.

The man who played the role of Jesus Christ at some point fell and he was stripped of his clothes. In all, there were 14 major stations on his journey to the cross.

He was then crucified alongside two criminals at Calvary.

As spectators watched the procession, devotees wailed as Jesus was taunted, bruised and flogged.

The Pastor of Saint Dominic Catholic Church, Reverend Father Felix Onemeghie says Nigerians should learn from the humility and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Christians the world over will again gather on Sunday to mark the resurrection of the crucified Christ.

On this day, Christians commemorate the passion or suffering and death on the cross of Jesus Christ. This is an observance that involves people fasting and praying.

Many church services were held in the afternoon, usually between noon and 3pm to remember the hours when Jesus hung on the cross.