A SUNDERLAND priest has issued an Easter message of hope for city residents.
Sunderland Minster Reverend Chris Howson said people should remember the true meaning of Easter as he prepares to take part in the cross-carrying tradition at Tunstall Hill today.
He said: “Life always conquers death. And hope always conquers despair.
“And joy will replace all suffering. This is the message of Easter.”
He also said: “On Good Friday we experience the pain of humanity.
“In the crucifixion we see death and despair and suffering.
“However on Easter morning we witness the resurrection of Christ and remember that new life follows death.”
Rev Howson, who last year helped to secure funding to have a traditional Mongolian prayer tent, or yurt, erected in the Minster, said church-goers can experience the opening of the “tomb” in the city centre church this year, on Easter Sunday.
And after the cross bearing at Tunstall Hill, which takes place at 10am this morning, nine actors will also perform a passion play, to re-enact the crucifixion.
A special family friendly service which will involve an Easter egg hunt will also take place.
Rev Howson added: “It’s going to be fantastic.”