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Luke 18:33 - After they have scourged him they will kill him, but on the third day he will riseJohn 11: 25 - I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live

EASTER-2014 MESSAGE

Easter message from Mar.Sebastian Vadakkel, Chairman, Commission for Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants.

SEASON OF RESURRECTION

The Season of Resurrection consists of seven weeks from Easter to Pentecost. It is a time of joy recalling the new life obtained through the resurrection of the Saviour. In fact, the prayers and hymns of this period reflect this joy.Some of the important themes of this liturgical season are the resurrection of Christ, his victory over sin, death and Satan, the cross which was a sign of folly becoming the sign of redemption and glory, the resurrection of Christ as a pledge of our resurrection, His resurrection as a basis Christian faith etc. The early Church was administering the sacrament of baptism in connection with Easter. As St. Paul reminds us, ‘We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.’ (Rom 6: 4-5). The week after Easter was set apart for the newly baptized. It is worth imitating this ancient tradition of administering baptism in connection with Easter.