Christians celebrate Easter across conflict-torn Mideast


"As Christians, we believe that Jesus has risen and our journey with our Lord has been renewed and therefore, it is important for us to forgive and forget all those that may have hurt us and seek forgiveness from all those that we might have hurt", he said.

Many Russian citizens visit cemeteries on Easter Sunday - the day of Jesus Christ's resurrection - to pay tribute to their late ancestors.

According to recent studies about 80 percent of Americans are celebrating the Easter holiday and more than 50 percent of Americans are expected to attend Easter mass today.

Ayokunle, who noted the agony of the disciples of Jesus Christ over his death and how their sadness turned into joy on the resurrection morning, was optimistic that the future of the country would be characterised by abundance, joy and celebrations.

Easter celebrations are preceded by the 40 days of Lent, a time of abstinence and penance.

Egypt's Coptic Christians meanwhile marked a somber Easter a week after twin bombings by the Islamic State group killed dozens of worshippers.

Bell said Easter means a lot of things to a lot of people. People from several parts of the city and its suburbs will congregate at St James' School where a special service will be held.

Cardinal DiNardo, who heads the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, reflected on Mary Magdalene's fear and doubt as she stood by the Tomb of Jesus Christ. The entire community will come together and celebrate Easter.

Klein said Easter Sunday is a reminder of "how truly blessed we are".

First Presbyterian Church minister Nyalle Paris said he was pleased with the turnout for the Sunday morning service at his church. After the prayer and the hymns, Reverend Father Swarup Bar will deliver the Easter sermon. It is also about hope and challenge.

The faithful may feel unworthy of Christ's love because he "paid so high a price for our salvation", but "let us not be afraid", said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.