The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has delivered her Easter message in which she hails the “triumph of the human spirit” in the wake of last year’s terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.
In her message, the Prime Minister added that she had seen for herself how survivors and victims had drawn strength from their families and their communities.
Mrs May, a Christian and the daughter of a vicar, also said the Bible’s Easter story message offered the “inspiring promise of new life” in times of adversity.
You can read her Easter 2018 message in full below:
Easter is the most important time in the Christian calendar.
A time when we remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and give thanks for the promise of redemption afforded by his resurrection.
Over the last year, Britain has faced some dark moments, from the terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge and London Bridge, at Manchester Arena and Finsbury Park, and the fire at Grenfell Tower.
I know from speaking to the victims and survivors of these terrible events how vital the love and support they have received from their friends, family and neighbours has been to them as they begin to rebuild their lives. In the bravery of those facing adversity, the dedication of our emergency services, and the generosity of local communities, we see the triumph of the human spirit.
The Easter story contains an inspiring promise of new life and the triumph of hope.
For Christians around the world facing persecution, the message of the Cross and the resurrection help them to stand firm in their faith.
Here in Britain, Easter arrives with the coming of spring – a time of rebirth and renewal.
It is a chance for families to come together, to share a meal, to be outdoors and to enjoy the first stirring of nature after winter.
However you are spending this Easter, I hope that you have a happy and peaceful time.