Meditation: For many people, Christmas is the highlight of the church year. Often, all of the attention given to Christmas leaves Easter in its shadow. Yet, Easter is the rightful “Queen of Feasts.” St. Paul reminds us that without the resurrection our hope is empty and our faith is an illusion. Today we come together to proclaim the Savior who “swallowed up death” and to rejoice in his salvation. Today we celebrate His victory as our victory and to witness our faith that in Christ we too shall be made alive! The empty tomb testifies to the truth of Christ’s promises and to the trustworthiness of His Word. God grant you great joy, peace, and renewal of faith on this Festival Day!