OTTAWA – Easter will be very different for many Christians this year. They will not be gathering in churches or having large family get-togethers around the dining room table as physical distancing and isolation continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The message of Easter, that hope and joy are possible after death and darkness, is more important than ever this year,” said Green Party Interim Leader Jo-Ann Roberts. “Our faith assures us that we will make it through this difficult time.”
“It is also a time to make sure we are doing what we can for others and showing our support for frontline workers. Making sure we call those we know are alone or preparing a plate for a neighbour so they have a chance to enjoy an Easter dinner can make all the difference in the world. It’s also a good time, if you are able, to make a donation to a food bank or a charity that is helping those who are out of work.
“I will join my parish in a live online Sunday celebration,” said Roberts, “While I will miss singing with the choir and sharing dinner with my family, I am very grateful for the way Canadians have come together in this time of crisis. Their sacrifice of staying home and being apart will help to reduce the number of people who contract this virus.”
“Let’s adopt the Easter Egg hunt idea from New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Adern,” said Green Party parliamentary leader Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). “Ask children to colour Easter egg drawings and put them in our front windows. A drive or socially distant walk through the neighbourhood to hunt for eggs in windows could brighten this time of separation.
Easter is a joyous time even though this year we must celebrate the resurrection in our hearts, but not in gatherings.”
The Green Party wishes everyone a Happy Easter.
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