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Editorial | Easter, all the time, night or day

Alleluia, Christ has risen! Happy Easter!

But wait ... there's more!

Easter is more than just a one-off celebration on Easter Sunday to be put aside until next year. Far from it. Easter is an attitude, and the fun is just beginning.

Easter Sunday starts the Easter Octave, the eight-day span of Easter Sunday through Divine Mercy Sunday. In this issue of the St. Louis Review, there's a list of parishes celebrating the feast of Divine Mercy, which falls this year on Sunday, April 8.

There's more.

Handi-Capable Egg Hunt is Easter highlight for Knights of Columbus

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Lined up along the edge of the parking lot, a group of about 80 hunters were ready, bags in hand. At the front of the line, the Easter Bunny raised his arms as he counted: "One! Two! Three! Go!"

And they were off. In a matter of minutes, hundreds of plastic Easter eggs were scooped up from the lot. With their quarry secured, the hunters eagerly retreated to the warmth of the Knights of Columbus hall to sort through the treasure on a cold and overcast Palm Sunday afternoon.

Baskets of smiles

William Gnade, a second-grader at Immaculate Conception School in Old Monroe, looked for items to place into an Alleluia Basket. This year, 3,000 baskets will be given to children in need, with more than 600 volunteers helping pack the baskets.

Olivia Boettcher carefully picked out items for an Easter basket: two small stuffed animals, a Hello Kitty coloring book, crayons, a Julius Jr. First Step to Reading book, bubbles, a puzzle with a scene from the movie "Frozen," Play-Doh and lip gloss.

"It's really fun to do this, and I think it's nice to give stuff to other people who need it," said Olivia, a second-grader at the school.

After Easter, Chileans on horseback bring Communion to homebound

Volunteers dressed in traditional cowboy clothing carried a banner and Chilean flags at the Quasimodo Festival April 23 in Colina, Chile. The festival dates to colonial times, when cowboys would protect from bandits the priests administering the sacraments.

COLINA, Chile — The priests and helpers came on horses and bicycles carrying red, white and blue Chilean flags and metal crosses. Their mission: to pray and give Communion to the old and infirm, parishioners who couldn't get to church on Easter Sunday.

In Chile, it's called "La Fiesta de Cuasimodo" (Quasimodo's Festival), and it takes place every year on the Sunday after Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.

Editorial | Alleluia! He is risen

The celebrations of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday are opportunities to meditate on the many blessings God has given us. The hope of the Resurrection and the manifestation of God's infinite mercy provide each of us with strength to deal with and overcome difficulties we face.

Jesus' glorious resurrection from the dead at first sparked hope and courage in only a few disciples. But that spark has since been fanned into a vigorous strength because Christ is alive in all of us. He is the world's only Savior. He continues to stand over all human history. He makes our history salvation history.

Holy Week: Prayer, reflection, traditions mark the pinnacle of the Church

The risen Christ is depicted in the painting “Resurrection” by 15th-century Italian master Andrea Mantegna.

In Holy Week, we honor the pinnacle of the Catholic faith, when Jesus rose from the dead as part of God's salvific plan for humanity. This is bigger than Christmas. It's a reminder of His infinite mercy for us, and a time in which we grow closer to Him in love.

Read more about the Holy Week traditions at www.stlouisreview.com/holy-week

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