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Christians celebrate Easter throughout the state

By Sam Penrod | Posted - Apr. 4, 2010 at 8:47 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY -- People of all Christian faiths celebrated the Easter holiday here in Utah.

Inside the Cathedral of the Madeline in Salt Lake City, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese, Bishop John Wester, spoke of Christ's victory over sin and death.

"Today we celebrate with joy the resurrection of the Lord when he passed from death into new and triumphant life," he said.

Easter Sunday provided parishioners the opportunity to pray and worship during the traditional Easter Mass. Sunday's message was of hope and joy for the world.

Monsignor Joseph Mayo said, "We do live in a culture of death, with so many negative things going on in the world. We can talk about all the things that are wrong, we also want to talk about a culture of life, where we can give life to people where there isn't life; and nowhere it that more important than the people in Haiti, where the whole world has responded to the terrible tragedy."

At the Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, the choir celebrated Easter morning through song, and Reverend France Davis offered an Easter sermon.

He taught, "It is the most important day for us in Christendom, and it reminds us it isn't the birth of Jesus nor even His life or His death, but that He rose and lives again. That's what distinguishes Christianity from other faiths, that is our Savior we believe is risen."

And it's a day for Christian believers to celebrate a brighter future.

This was also Easter Sunday for those of the Greek Orthodox faith. Every few years, the Western and Greek calendars coincide with the Easter holiday being celebrated on the same day.

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