THE Bishop of Durham has issued his first Easter message since taking up the position.
The Right Reverend Paul Butler has described Easter as a season of delight.
He became the 74th Bishop of Durham when he was enthroned in February.
He said: “I’m really excited about my first Easter in Durham.
“It’s going to be terrific celebrating Easter in the Cathedral as we proclaim again ‘Christ is Risen’ – this is the heart of our faith.”
Bishop Paul goes on to explain the relevance of this 2,000-year-old story to today, saying: “Jesus rose from the dead, and it transforms how we view life and how we view death, and he is alive now and we can know him as our friend.
“Even if you don’t take that as truth, this man Jesus and his teaching have impacted human societies and cultures for all of those years and still do.
“Those teachings still make sense today, its worth taking seriously – actually its worth celebrating.”
Bishop Paul has also revealed his thoughts for Easter Sunday.
He said: “Easter is so often filled with fun. The days are longer, spring flowers abound, the weather is warming (usually) and come Easter Day there tends to be lots of chocolate around, along with families getting together and celebratory meals. It is a season of delight.
“I love family get togethers. Being part of a family is meant to be good for us all.
“It should bring us love, friendship, support, laughter and care, so I am glad that Easter is a time when family is seen as important.
“May our families find fresh hope and love this Easter.
“At the heart of this hope is Jesus, still alive and active today. I wish you a very happy Easter.”