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Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.

POPE JOHN PAUL II, attributed, Fabric of Faith

The Lord liveth, alleluia!
Angels rolled the stone away,
Praises winged from harps and timbrels
Hover o'er earth's living symbols,
Lilies wake from dark earth's keeping; bright wings burst your bands today
The Lord liveth, alleluia!
Angels rolled the stone away.


Thirty thousand kids and their parents participated in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, which has been going on for years. At this point there has to be thousands of undiscovered Easter eggs on the lawn of the White House. Future civilizations will think we were ruled by chickens.

JIMMY KIMMEL, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Apr. 9, 2012

For many, Easter is a glorious skyrocket that suddenly bursts over our heads a shower of brilliance and joy but soon falls cold to the earth. The memory of its glory lingers for a while but soon fades with the resumption of normal activities. An argument could be made for giving less emphasis to Lent and more to the season of Easter. Yet, we err to even try to define Easter as a season. No, Easter is not truly a season but an event which radically alters the way we view all the seasons of life. Through the resurrection we transcend earth, time, and seasons.

RUSSELL F. ANDERSON, Lectionary Preaching Workbook

Awake, thou wintry earth—
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
Christ is risen.


Hundreds of barefoot Filipinos marched on the roads through the Philippines carrying heavy wooden crosses and whipping their backs until they bled to prepare for Easter. Call me old-fashioned but I just like coloring the eggs.

JAY LENO, The Tonight Show, Apr. 6, 2012

If anyone or anything tries to curse or kill the Goodness at the Center of all things, it will just keep coming back to life. Forever Easter.

DAVID HOUSHOLDER, The Blackberry Bush

Morning red! Morning red!
Now the shadows all are fled;
Now the Sabbath's cloudless glory
Tells anew the wondrous story,
Christ is risen from the dead.


Easter is on Sunday. Americans buy an estimated $120 million pounds of candy for Easter every year. I hope Jesus comes back as a dentist.

JIMMY KIMMEL, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Mar. 28, 2013

In the bonds of Death He lay
Who for our offence was slain;
But the Lord is risen to-day,
Christ hath brought us life again,
Wherefore let us all rejoice,
Singing loud, with cheerful voice,

MARTIN LUTHER, "In the Bonds of Death He Lay"

O chime of sweet Saint Charity,
Peal soon that Easter morn
When Christ for all shall risen be,
And in all hearts new-born!
That Pentecost when utterance clear
To all men shall be given,
When all shall say My Brother here,
And hear My Son in heaven!


Yes, Jesus rose from the dead. No, he's not a zombie.

JIMMY KIMMEL, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Mar. 28, 2013

The only cross in all of history that was turned into an altar was the cross on which Jesus Christ died. It was a Roman cross. They nailed Him on it, and God, in His majesty and mystery, turned it into an altar. The Lamb who was dying in the mystery and wonder of God was turned into the Priest who offered Himself. No one else was a worthy offering.

A. W. TOZER, Preparing for Jesus' Return

O Christ, whose cross began to bloom
With peaceful lilies, long ago,
Each year above thy empty tomb
More thick the Easter garlands glow;
O'er all the wounds of that sad strife
Bright wreathes the new, immortal life.

CAROLINE SPENCER, "The Easter Cross"

Easter is a mystery. Almost 2000 years ago, in a remote corner of the Roman Empire, a new doctrine was taught. Jesus' preaching lasted only three years and ended in defeat. The preacher was executed. But on the eve of His death, He prophesied that the Good News he had brought would be preached "unto all nations". Today, the Gospel has been translated into more than 600 languages. This is a miracle, part of the ongoing miracle, that first took place when Mary Magdalene found that the stone of the tomb had been rolled away.

JOE JENKINS, Christianity

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right;
Faith and Hope triumphant say
Christ will rise on Easter Day.

PHILLIPS BROOKS, "An Easter Carol"

Easter is the only time when it's perfectly safe to put all your eggs in one basket.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings.


God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.


Spring bursts to-day,
For Christ is risen and all the earth's at play.


Rise, heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing His praise
Without delays,
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
With Him mayst rise:
That, as His death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and, much more, just.


If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus' fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.

A. W. TOZER, Preparing for Jesus' Return


JIM BUTCHER, Storm Front

The temporal Zion is now in dust, but the true one is rising and shaking herself from it, and putting on her Easter robes to welcome her King when He comes to reign over the whole earth.

THOMSON, attributed, Day's Collacon

Doth His Easter radiance glow within thy life's full years
And with unturning hallowed flow, bring gladness to thy fears?
Hope that sought thee in thy pain with flowers thy brow adorns!
Today the roses bloom again where yesterday were thorns!


Ye Heavens, how sang they in your courts,
How sang the angelic choir that day,
When from his tomb the imprisoned God,
Like the strong sunrise, broke away?


You know what I'm doing for Easter? I'm gonna be hanging with my Peeps.

JAY LENO, The Tonight Show, April 1, 2010

On Easter Sunday morning, Christians will come together in one of the most globally-unifying annual events to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Although we often get together with family and friends on Easter, it is easy to forget just how unifying that day is. About 2.2 billion people, nearly one-third of the world's population, will put aside their differences and all give thanks to God.

JASON RUSSELL, "Easter is for all of us", Washington Examiner, April 14, 2017

In a world where Christians are subject to terror in Egypt while celebrating Palm Sunday, where Syrians are attacked with chemical weapons, where mosques and synagogues are vandalized with the graffiti of hate, and where immigrants are presumed guilty, Easter matters. The resurrection that many of us will proclaim in liturgy and song on Easter Sunday is not an annual religious ritual. It is way of living that walks in genuine solidarity with anyone who is victimized by the hubris of the powerful, because resurrection means the culture of death will never have the last word.

MARK DAVIS "Easter is the time to give consideration to the resurrection", Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2017

Christmas is cute and cozy, it's about a baby. Easter is about the death that the same baby would grow up to suffer. It's much more grim. No wonder people choose to displace it with chocolate.

TIM FARRON, "Easter is about celebrating Jesusí death for all humankind", North-west Evening Mail, April 16, 2017

During this last Holy Week, we saw rituals in which Christ's walk to the cross is understood as a spiritual path others can follow in different ways. In some churches, there was a washing of feet as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, a lesson in humility that helps others. We had Good Friday, the blackness of the crucifixion sacrifice, and then Easter, the resurrection that speaks to so many of joyous hope, of uplift, of rising high and in which all blooms anew. Theologically, there is much more, of course, but the non-religious who are also open-minded can surely see the power of a world-moving narrative and the moral good that has spread so far.

JAY AMBROSE, "Easter is about the newness of life", Burlington Times News, April 16, 2017

Easter is never deserved.

JAN KARON, Home to Holly Springs

O glorious Easter morning!
O day of peace and light!
One precious name adorning
With lilies pure and white.
A gladsome message bringing
Of love that knows no fear;
The sweetest anthem singing,
"The risen Christ is here."



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