Jesus said, I am the Resurrection and the Life, Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.

Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, bright colors, family time, this is how the American holiday was designed. However, Jesus is the reason for Easter; Make sure that at the center of this holiday, he is remembered.

J- Justification.

Jesus died offering mankind salvation, and at the heart of Holy week is the message of Justification. Mankind was blemished with original sin and by Jesus’s blood mankind could be saved.

E- Eggs.

According to the Huffington Post, the Easter egg represents Jesus’s resurrection. In some Christian religions, the color red symbolized Jesus’s blood and sacrifice on the cross. The outside of the egg imitates the solid tomb of Jesus, and the collapse of the shell symbolizes Jesus’s resurrection. Also, Christians traditionally were called to give up eggs and meat for Lent, so Easter was the first opportunity to eat eggs.

S- Smiles.

Easter brings happiness and smiles throughout the Christian community. The true feelings of happiness stem from the miracle of Jesus’s resurrection, yet other ways that happiness shines through are from the traditional giving of gifts and Easter eggs hunts.

U- Unity.

Easter may bring people together, but Jesus unifies them. On a personal level, reflection and tribute can show the holiday’s meaning. On a family level, Easter is one of the most highly attended days during the church’s calendar, but are you simply physically together with your loved ones?

S- Service.

Easter is a joyous holiday, one that the entire world should be able to share in, and celebrate. Part of the Easter’s mission is serving the community. Service can come through simply donating time at an Easter egg hunt or homeless shelter or any contribution to one’s community. Also, attending a service can be an important aspect to remembering Jesus’s resurrection, but the truth of Easter does not cease after an hour of worship.

Justification, eggs, smiles, unity, and service aside, Easter is a remarkable event, so remarkable that an entire of sacrifice and imitation of Christ precedes the day Jesus rose from the dead.

No Easter masses will be held in Ignatius chapel. However, Holy Name of Jesus Church will hold mass at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6 p.m.

Other services will be held at Tulane University, Dixon Hall at 10 a.m. by Vintage Church

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How will you spend your Easter this year?

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