Tagged with Easter

The Holy Fire Must Go On

The Holy Fire Must Go On

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on April 10, 2020. With the new coronavirus canceling Holy Week services around the globe, one of the most severe blows will be felt by Orthodox Christians. On the Saturday before Easter, which the Orthodox will observe on April 19 this year, thousands of pilgrims flock to … Continue reading

Happy Orthodox Easter, from the Egyptian President

Happy Orthodox Easter, from the Egyptian President

Happy belated Easter, to Protestant and Catholic Christians who celebrated last week. But having enjoyed either “Pascha” or “Paas” (or both), please do not be remiss in remembering your Orthodox brothers and sisters today. After all, even the president of Egypt extends his greetings — and more. “I call on all of us to remember … Continue reading

Why the Carnage in Pakistan?

Why the Carnage in Pakistan?

At least 69 people are dead in the Pakistani city of Lahore, many of them from Christian families celebrating Easter in a public park. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility, stating it directly targeted Christians and promises further attacks in the future. From Lapido Media, an anonymous British NGO worker provides a first-hand account: A … Continue reading

Photos: Easter Greetings at the Coptic Cathedral

Photos: Easter Greetings at the Coptic Cathedral

The following pictures show a lot of handshakes, but the message should not be lost in the repetition. Government officials, most of them Muslim, congratulate Copts for their holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Similar pictures could be seen on Christmas, but Easter is a far bigger deal. In Egypt, Christmas is an official holiday, … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Easter Visits

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Easter Visits

God, Easter, and the national celebration of Shem al-Naseem the following day, were both quiet in an otherwise quiet week. But even quiet palpitations within can be heard and affect the national scene. For good, God, only for good. Because all events are subject to your evaluation, even if natural to those involved. For some … Continue reading

Ostrich Eggs and Coptic Easter

Ostrich Eggs and Coptic Easter

On Easter in much of the Christian world, believers celebrate Jesus’ resurrection by painting chicken eggs in various colors. The tradition is old and has been extensively secularized, enjoyed now without a necessary reference to faith. In Egypt it is the same; one day after Easter is Shem al-Naseem, an ancient Pharaonic holiday enjoyed by … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Easter Greetings

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Easter Greetings

God, There is much that Egyptian Muslims and Christians agree upon, much which unites the two and allows them to pray similarly. But at one point the religions are rather irreconcilable: Jesus was not crucified, and therefore was not resurrected. There is no Easter, celebrated by Copts this coming Sunday. Fair enough. There are plenty … Continue reading

Egyptian Wisdom and Easter Hope

In Egypt, Easter is celebrated today according to the Orthodox calendar. It is a rather strange holiday as it sets off a bit of schizophrenia in the country. Unlike Christmas, which is a national holiday, Easter is a regular day. Except it isn’t. Christians are allowed the day off, and many Muslims take it also. … Continue reading

Easter, Reluctantly

Easter in Egypt is a negotiated reality; this is true for both the nation’s Christians and myself. All last week at work I wondered about the holiday schedule. Ours is a multi-religious and liberal office; if someone wishes a religious holiday, they can pretty much have it. The Copts who work with us would take … Continue reading