LAHORE – Come Sunday, the Christians will gear up for the feast of Easter preceded by Lent – a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance – at churches and congregations across the country.

Services at most of the churches would continue with regular intervals until noon, while special prayers will also be offered for progress and prosperity, and peace and order in the country.

Delivering their Easter sermons, clerics from different denominations will highlight the significance of the auspicious day and teachings of Jesus Christ. The worshippers would be urged to use the biblical teachings on Easter as a reminder that they should be peaceful.

Special security arrangements have been put in place on orders from the government for the day. Policemen would be deployed in and around churches and chapels.

“Easter shows that God loves us all. Let us pray for the country and be united,” a cleric said while talking to The Nation.

On Good Friday, the Christians commemorated Christ’s agonising journey to Calvary with a cross where he was crucified.

The cleric also said the Christians felt sorrowful as they remembered the death of Christ on the cross, but the day of Easter brought happiness to their lives since it was on this day that Jesus Christ was resurrected on the third day after his crucifixion. Markets and bazaars were buzzing with shoppers who made last-minute purchases to dress up to the occasion.