Let’s be hopeful this Easter

Published: April 22, 2011

To share the joys of Easter, children paint and share Easter eggs.

Every Sunday I see a police van parked outside the church’s main gate. On special events, the authorities have to ensure the security guards are vigilant before we begin the mass.

The scouts take care of the vehicles outside (although once my hand bag and other valuables were stolen from my car while we were praying at the church). At the entrance, a metal detector is installed and every person is subjected to frisking and manual checking in case of suspicion. We have to finish the mass early so we can reach home safely, avoiding any kinds of mishaps.

Churches have to keep a low profile nowadays and there are not many lights or decorations outside. We even refrain from having get-togethers, melas, musical competitions, conventions or picnics anymore. So far, there has been no incident or attack but the danger remains.

Nonetheless,a great number of faithfuls attend the Holy Week services without fear of attacks because faith is, after all, unshakable.

Celebrating Easter

The most Holy morning, when we gather at the church to celebrate the day Jesus Christ achieved victory over evil begins with a mass at sunrise, around 4:30 am. The leader lights a candle which is followed by a procession. Then, the members of the congregation light their candles using the already lit ones. The ceremony marks sharing the light of Christ, overcoming the darkness of sin and death.

Children love the holiday

Easter eggs and the Easter bunny: To share the joys of Easter, children paint and share Easter eggs. Egg symbolise a new life. When the chick hatches this reminds us of Jesus giving us new life. The Easter bunny is a character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs.

Easter lilly: Renowned as a mark of purity, virtue, innocence, grace, hope and life and is the perfect symbol to represent Easter.

Hot cross buns: The cross marked on the top of the buns reminds us of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. The buns are distributed among the congregation and people share them with their family and friends after the mass on Good Friday.

The message of Easter

The spiritual message of Easter is about forgiveness, resurrection and reconciliation, not just between us and our Creator, but also with others. This reconciliation is a way to begin new and better relationships by letting go of past mistakes and errors. It means accepting one another fully and totally as we are. Nowadays it’s easy to find hatred and anger in the society but it’s hard to find reconciliation.

We all carry our own crosses in life facing the trials and tribulations. In all such situations we plead and ask God to intervene in our lives but we still wonder if God will hear and answer our prayers? Each one of us has a purpose that God wants us to fulfil but we have to find it ourselves.

This Easter, I pray the message of hope touches all your hearts and has a lasting effect!

Lovita Bernard

Lovita Bernard

An MBA from Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Institute of Technology (KASBIT) and a staffer at The Express Tribune.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • parvez

    Lovely write up. It’s a shame that we have sunk to such a low level of tolerance that today churches have to keep a low profile. Recommend

  • Salim Akbar

    It makes me really happy to see Pakistani Christians having some voice through Express Tribune. Be hopeful, one day you will inshallah have a very strong stand in your own society unlike today where intolerance is running high here. Patience is the best virtue.Recommend

  • Nadir El-Edroos

    Happy Easter! :)Recommend

  • http://bleedinghumanity.wordpress.com Ahmed Aziz

    Happy Easter to you and all my brothers and sisters in humanity.Recommend

  • joel

    its a real shame what pakistan has turned into by intolerance. I remember when we were small how churches were decorated but now nomore. Anyway happy easter in advance.Recommend

  • Tolerant Muslim

    Have a happy easter!Recommend

  • http://nil Najib Khan

    Tolerance, forbearance, & acceptance are the most important & vital ingredients of not only our religion Islam but that of all the faiths spanning all over the world. It is however a pity to admit that Pakistani society if surveyed amongst the comity of the nations would be declared on top of the chart of the intolerant & insolent nations.

    I fail to understand that of late what has gone wrong with us , why cant we bear out the other faiths & their followers , when we would learn to live in co existence & in complete harmony.

    Have we forgotten the days of the rule of the our beloved Prophet Mohammed ( PBUH) & his four best companions who have so far been the best of best & the most respected caliphs of all those Islamic states that followed their tenures.

    Those were the days when the non Muslims residents of these states used to feel even more safer & happier then they ever felt in any part of the history from then onward till today.

    I wish & can only pray from the bottom of my heart that my other countrymen start respecting the faiths & the religious beliefs of our Non Muslims compatriots & may our society gets more decent & liveable by all for that matter including Muslims & Non Muslims alike.

    My Muslims brothers & sisters must not forget the fact that Allah says in Quran that HE is Rab Ul Alameen not Rab Ul Muslimeen & our beloved Prophet Mohammmed ( SAW) was Rehmat ul Alameen not Rehmat ul Muslimeeen .

    So please assist , help , respect & take care of your Non Muslim compatriots coz they are also human beings & created by ALLAH and also patriotic Pakistanis.

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  • Reader

    great thought etc etc. but wow! it’s badly written. sentences as long as paragraphs. Recommend

  • Ravi

    @Najib Khan:
    Tolerance, forbearance, & acceptance are the most important & vital ingredients of not only our religion Islam
    Well if actions speak louder than words that all above characteristics are non existant in your religion.
    Those were the days when the non Muslims residents of these states used to feel even more safer & happier then they ever felt in any part of the history from then onward till today.
    Well this is called propaganda, non-muslims have lived the most pathetic life in muslim dominance where there resources have been wasted and religion maligned, attacked and destroyed.
    I think you shoud go and read some history books by neutral authors.

    So please assist , help , respect & take care of your Non Muslim compatriots coz they are also human beings & created by ALLAH and also patriotic Pakistanis.
    Again hypocracy. When there was no allah some other gods were successfully making people good humans………Recommend

  • abc

    A very Happy Easter to all Christians. May God improve the situation in this country and things become vibrant again.Recommend

  • abc

    Plus, it was nice reading the facts. I had no idea what it was about. Thanks!Recommend

  • waqas rafique

    Happy Easter !Recommend

  • cheryl Javed

    very nice written!
    May this Easter brings peace and prosperity in our Country. Amen :)Recommend

  • http://www.pkhope.com Maleeha Khan

    Happy Easter!
    Nicely written … !!
    Hope this Easter brings peace …… Recommend