Easter is not cancelled and is needed as much as ever, the Queen has said, as she urges Britain to take heart from its message of hope to know that coronavirus “will not overcome us”.
The Telegraph reports that the Queen, a committed Christian and the head of the Church of England, said the Easter message is one of “new hope and fresh purpose”, with the forces of “light and life” overcoming those of darkness and death.
“As darkness falls on the Saturday before Easter Day, many Christians would normally light candles together. In church, one light would pass to another, spreading slowly and then more rapidly as more candles are lit.
“It’s a way of showing how the good news of Christ’s resurrection has been passed on from the first Easter by every generation until now.”
Acknowledging the difficulties faced by the British public, unable to join their church congregations or see their families under lockdown conditions, she said: “This year, Easter will be different for many of us, but by keeping apart we keep others safe.”