Protect us, Lord, as we stay AWAKE

    Watch over us as we SLEEP

That AWAKE we may keep watch with CHRIST

And asleep rest inHis Peace.

In spite of the fears, the heavy hearts, the pain and the uncertainty mankind faces today, there remains reason for hope.

This frightening pandemic will die. Its course will run, medical science will find a vaccine and the people of this world will rise again.

As we awoke Easter morning, our eyes opened to a cherished day. Regardless of the chaos that surrounds us, Easter brings with it a resurrection of the heart, the mind and the spirit. Whether it is called Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday — another naming which some support — we believe this:

     * Easter Sunday is about a miracle.
     * Easter Sunday is about the sanctity of life.
     * Easter Sunday is about the ultimate sacrifice.
     * Easter Sunday is about genuine, unconditional and undiluted love.
     * Easter Sunday is about belief.
     * Easter Sunday is about the inherent value, and the intrinsic beauty, of each day.
     * Easter Sunday is about learning from sad lessons of the past and applying them to life as we understand it everyday, starting  
        with today and with a forever focus on tomorrow.
     * Easter Sunday is about humanity.
     * Easter Sunday is about accepting the power of faith.
     * Easter Sunday is about turning multiple wrongs into a single right.
     * Easter Sunday is about togetherness.
     * Easter Sunday is about accepting that which is seemingly inexplicable, while recognizing answers often lie within the heart … 
        that which shelters the compassion and moral conscience of that we call human.
     * Easter Sunday is about inspiration.
     * Easter Sunday is about the beauty of a sunrise and the glow of its meaning.
     * Easter Sunday is about family.
     * Easter Sunday is about outreach whose message is love and nothing else.
     * Easter Sunday is about salvation, not just for a select people but an entire race, the human race.
     * Easter Sunday is about diversity in worship, prayer in mass and diverse masses whose tolerance grows through prayerful
        worship.
     * Easter Sunday is about the good in man, the harm in hate and the willingness to learn from both.
     * Easter Sunday is about vision and direction, both of which are steered through the clarity of the open eye and the rhythmic
        beat of the human heart.
     * Easter Sunday is about inner strength, internal warmth and unbridled spirit.
     * Easter Sunday is about life gained, remorse lost and love grown.
     * Easter Sunday is about all that is good pulled from the depths of all that is bad.
     * Easter Sunday is about a time, a place and a circumstance, and the people who lived it then and who pray upon it now.

T h e  S u n d a y s  of  E a s t e r:

The following is an excerpt of a posting in the Cleveland Daily Banner on Easter Sunday, April 13. 2020

THE DAY OF PENTECOST 2020:  MAY 31

T h e  S u n d a y s  of  E a s t e r:

Easter lasts 50 days and ends on the Day of Pentecost.  During the fifty days of the Easter
Season, the liturgical color is white and liturgies are uplifting and joyful.  God has brought
us full circle:  from ashes into the fullness of life and joy.  God does, indeed, have the final
world.   The Paschal Candle burns in the church near the font throughout Easter.

EASTER - 2020:  A time of challenge and faith.