Note from Editor Brian Greenspun: I first met a colleague of Las Vegan Bill Kenny in 1964. He was a student at Catholic University in Washington, DC.and I was in Georgetown my freshman year. It was Thanksgiving at Mahlon Brown III. Mahlon was a law student at Howard University

Many years have passed since that first meeting. What has not changed is my respect for Bill – for so many decades, Father Bill – and his commitment to his faith, his community and his country

I asked him – and he graciously agreed – to write today’s Easter column. He got it to the point

“Alleluia! Christ is risen! Alleluia! “This chant is joyfully celebrated by Christians around the world every Easter: It is a song of triumph. It celebrates the victory of Jesus Christ over Satan, sin, evil and even death itself

For Christians, Easter – the resurrection from the dead of our Lord Jesus Christ – is the most important festival on the Christmas calendar, probably the most popular and one that receives much more commercial attention, commemorates the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, but the birth is common to each of us On the other hand, we believe that only Jesus was resurrected; He is the first to rise from the dead, and his resurrection is a preview and a promise to all of us as he said, “There are many places to live in my father’s house. If not, I would have told you I would have one Prepare space for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to my home, so that you will also be where I am ”(John 14: 2-3)

Easter has many memories, traditions and customs over the years: carrying the “Easter festivals” (including the Easter bonnet) to church, Easter lilies, sunrise services, the traditional Easter brunch, the blessing of Easter foods, Easter baskets filled with sweets and other goodies , the Easter bunny, Easter parades and of course the popular Easter egg hunt

Easter can already be on 22 March and only on 25 April Arrive The dating of Easter is complex, going back to the Council of Nicaea in 325; This council used the Gregorian calendar and established the following formula: Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon, which occurs on or just after the spring equinox (the first day of spring) However, Orthodox churches use the Julian calendar to determine their Easter date – creating confusion and controversy over the true Easter date May

With such a large number of possible dates, Easter Sunday is not always sunny and bright as it seems since it is a spring holiday.Many parts of the country actually did snow on Easter – which could happen in the UK this year and here in Las Vegas we reached almost record highs in the 90s

I think Easter 2021 could be one of the most memorable of our lives.It might only be crowned until Easter 2020. When we celebrated Easter a year ago, Nevada was on December 12th April – like much of the nation and the world – practically closed places of worship were only allowed to gather with 10 people and they had to be six feet apart What a strange and somewhat sad Easter for Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Christian churches in Las Vegas

But this year Easter will be different – in a very positive way I see the light at the end of the tunnel With vaccinations at the rate of more than a million a day, with the expectation of achieving that herd immunity goal, and with the easing of the COVID-19 protocols, Easter will truly be a celebration of new life

Of course, Easter has always been a celebration of new life, the risen life of Jesus, but I feel that we are all ready and excited to celebrate “new life” for ourselves. This “new life” means more people in on Easter Sunday our churches – a significantly higher capacity than a year ago We pastors are so happy to see real people sitting in our pews. These pews have been empty for too long Oh, true, people in large numbers could and have services in the church, in the synagogue and seen in the temple, either broadcast live or taped, but that is not the same as being there in person. Catholics’ inability to receive fellowship was painful. This year, many of our parishioners can receive the Eucharistic Supper for the first time in months You are excited about it

I’ve read many near-death experiences and they all have one thing in common, as described in Wikipedia: “tunnel experience” or entering a darkness (and) a quick movement towards and / or sudden immersion in a strong light, “Well, Easter 2021 will be such an experience: a light at the end of the post-COVID tunnel is approaching A new normal is almost here I feel it in the air

As a Catholic priest, I’ve always looked forward to the Easter celebration. But this year I’m more excited than ever. I’ve missed our congregation so much. I can’t wait to see familiar and smiling faces again. I’m standing empty with the women Grab and my joy is almost indescribable. I can only say: “Alleluia! Christ is risen! Alleluia! ”

Easter means

World News – USA – In 2021 the meaning of Easter will get new life

Source: https://m.lasvegassun.com/news/2021/apr/04/in-2021-meaning-of-easter-takes-on-new-life/