Then came the Schism of 1054, which led to formation of the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox churches.
Perhaps this awkward ending in the Gospel of Mark is the writer's way of saying, 'This story is not over because now it is your story.' We are invited to live the rest of the story and be part of the ongoing Easter.
In Russia, Easter is the biggest Christian celebration of the year.
For them, today is or is supposed to be one of the greatest in the Christian faith.
Worshippers turned up in droves for the Easter mass. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian calendar so the celebration of Easter varies between April 4 and May 8.
Consider what it meant that the King of heaven entered into our world: There was no castle for the King of Kings.
The priest, surrounded by altar servers, would give candles to the faithful.
As part of Russian Federation celebrations a candle-lit procession is held around the church. In all there are seven readings.
"Things may look dark for us at any given time, ... but there is always Easter Sunday waiting for us".
Frederick Yeoh, 59, came with his family feeling solemn and peaceful. I am glad you asked. For Christians, it also represents the triumph over death and the hope of life everlasting.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif felicitating message to Christian community has said that all minorities in Pakistan are enjoying equal rights and the government has taken concrete measures for their welfare. For he says: "'In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.' Behold, now is a very acceptable time: "behold, now is the day of salvation".
But in the face of this evil, we remember the words of Saint John Paul II, who throughout his papacy urged us to, "Be not afraid". These are the ones that everyone knows about, even non-Christians.
Many who attended mass stayed back after service to catch up with friends, and make new acquaintances. While in others, they said, prayers started last Sunday, the day prominently known as "Khajooron ka Itwar", and would continue till Easter Day. In the Western world, customs such as egg hunting and Easter bunny extend from the domain of church, and often have a secular character.
"I really do believe that God is love, one of deep affection and grace and forgiveness and inspiration".