Easter was always a time I dreaded when I was a teenager. It was a time that triggered memories that I did not want to remember. For years after my dad's suicide, I couldn't handle Easter. The very thought of walking into a supermarket and seeing the vast array of coloured eggs and Easter rabbits would send me into an emotional spiral.
In the complex and often dramatic situations of today's world, may the Risen Lord guide the steps of all those who work for justice and peace. May he grant the leaders of nations the courage they need to prevent the spread of conflicts and to put a halt to the arms trade.
Today across Egypt, but most poignantly at St George's church Tanta and St Mark's church Alexandria, God's people have already gathered to worship the One who was dead and is now alive. Seven days after the horrendous bomb attacks on these Christian communities the resurrection will be proclaimed and experienced. Because the church is established by this day. It happened: the testimony of the witnesses whose words we have just heard is clear, and the history decisive. Christian faith is not a cause where the fallen standard is picked up and carried by others, who sense that the flesh is gone but the spirit goes on.
At Easter Christians will be remembering how Jesus Christ showed the ultimate service and hope of eternal life through his death and resurrection. Let us resolve to show some of that service by giving some of our most vulnerable a new life, and a hope for the future.
As we approach Easter, it's easy to look around and find a rather bleak, even devastating, picture of the world. There's famine in East Africa, with 16 million people on the brink of starvation and 22 million in need of humanitarian assistance to survive. The British public have been incredibly generous in their response but without even more funding, people are at risk of dying from hunger.
Make your friends and family very happy this Easter with my easy hot cross bun recipe with dark chocolate chips. The recipe takes time and patience, but your effort and kneading will be rewarded with these light and fluffy buns. They are best served straight out of the oven, or toasted with a little butter spread on them. You will need a pastry brush, piping bag, 1cm piping nozzle and flat baking tray for this recipe.
Easter is a great time for food lovers. If all the chocolate isn't enough, there's also the promise of spring in the air, and lighter dishes as an antidote to the heavier winter warmers. With that said, here are eight ideas for days over Easter for you to enjoy.
Perhaps, during this week in which we commemorate a religious leader whose contribution to humanity was to champion compassion and charity, we should take a little time to contemplate the burgeoning evidence which reveals the nakedness of the neoliberal emperor currently bestriding the western world?
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This got me thinking about some simple whole-family activities and fun we can all be enjoying with kids this Easter. Put down the electronics, step away from the television and go after some good old fashioned Easter fun! We should all have some time off over the upcoming bank holidays and Easter break, so here are some Easter activities everyone can enjoy:
An old white man saying something bigoted. The sound of outraged reactionaries complaining about an assault on Christian holidays. A nation on the verge of declaring war because of a minor diplomatic scuffle. There is nothing like America at Christmastime.
Yes, it's nice to see the Church, which is sometimes considered rather spineless and ineffectual, standing up for its followers. But I'd prefer to see that backbone used to make a difference on issues that really matter.
To celebrate Hotel Chocolat's new vegan Easter range, I wanted to make a cheesecake with flavours that compliment the praline egglets, hazelnut truffles and of course the beautiful quinoa puff easter egg & adorable dark chocolate rabbit.
With only a few weeks until Spring and a month until Easter, I wanted to make some adorable and Instagram worthy pastel pink easter cookies using some of my favourite ingredients, raspberry, coconut and hazelnut.
Step 1- Drain the cashew nuts and pop them into a food processor/blender along with the coconut cream, melted coconut oil, dessiccated coconut, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Allow to blend for 5-8 minutes on high until smooth. There will be some texture due to the coconut