By: Tony Traficante, ISDA Contributing Editor
Easter, for Christians, is one of the most sacred of holy days. It is a time that dictates prayers, to give thanks, and to attend religious services to glorify the risen Christ.
We look forward to the Easter season, acknowledging the sufferings of Christ with forty days of Lent, the Stations of the Cross, Good Friday, and the distribution of the blessed Palms.
The children have their own way to remember this day. It is a day of enjoyment with the Easter Parade, beautiful bonnets, and colorful dresses, egg hunts, decorated baskets full of treats, and coloring eggs.
We finally end this holy season with an Easter dinner surrounded by family and friends, exchanging hugs and kisses for all.
Unfortunately, this year, many of these religious, worldly, and commercials events are on hold! COVID-19 has significantly changed the landscape. It will be an Easter the likes of which we have never seen. Customs of the past will not happen this year, notably the religious observances, or social gatherings. Neither will some of the children’s events; gone are the parades and public egg hunts.
It is something never seen before, even in times of War. Churches have locked the doors to public religious gatherings and worship. Other critical services, such as weddings, baptisms, and funeral services, are canceled or on hold.
Our spiritual mentors often remind us that references to the “church” are not of a physical nature. The Church is not a structure, it is instead people worshipping and praying, whenever, and wherever that may be. This year’s alternative, then, is to pray the Mass, or whatever your religious preferences maybe, at home. The Lord will understand!
Yes! It is true! Some of the usual Easter traditions may not be feasible this year. And the Lord knows that! But we can continue to proclaim the joy of the risen Christ by attending services via video or TV.
Take the opportunity to observe Easter; make it a joyful occasion!
At the same time, keep the children happy and busy by filling those Easter baskets with chocolates, coloring eggs, and having an egg hunt in the home.
“Cari amici and paesani,” my dear friends and countrymen, the health of the world is serious this year. Pray for God’s help, to rid the world of the horrible scourge of the coronavirus.
With that in mind … Happy Easter and may the blessings of Easter fill your heart with peace, love, and happiness.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die!” ⁓John 11:25-26