Posted: 24.04.2022 09:15:00

Easter: not cakes and eggs that matter

Today, on April 24th, the Orthodox Church is celebrating the main Christian holiday: Resurrection of Christ. This is the central event of sacred history, and all four evangelists – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – tell about it.

The Lord was crucified on the Cross for the sins of the whole world. He voluntarily sacrificed Himself for the sake of giving people an opportunity to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Holy Scripture says that the secret disciples of Christ – Joseph of Arimotheia and Nicodemus – buried the body of Jesus in a cave, closing the entrance to the tomb with a heavy stone. A guard was on duty at the tomb since the chief priests and Pharisees were afraid that the Lord’s followers would steal His body and then announce His resurrection.

On early Sunday morning, the disciples of Christ, who came to anoint the dead man with myrrh, failed to find Him in the tomb. An angel addressed the women and announced the resurrection of the Saviour: ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said’. (Matthew 28:5-6).

The Easter praises these events – which are the key meaning of the holiday. Cooking treats and eggs colouring is simply a kind pious tradition.