"We’d like Easter as a lot as ever," says Queen

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The Queen spoke of the power of light over darkness in her first Easter message, in which she also said that the coronavirus "will not overcome us".

Regarding the closure of churches across the country, the 93-year-old monarch noted that Christians would normally light candles together, but this year was prevented due to the Corona virus being blocked.

"Many religions have festivals where light overcomes darkness. Such occasions are often accompanied by lighting candles," she said.

"They seem to speak to every culture and appeal to people of all faiths and none. They are lit on birthday cakes and mark family anniversaries when we happily gather around a light source. It connects us.

"When darkness falls on Saturday before Easter, many Christians usually light candles together. In the church, one light would go on and spread slowly and then more quickly as more candles were lit.

"It is a way to show how the good news of Christ's resurrection has been passed down from generation to generation since the first Easter."

She went on to say that the other way of doing things this year did not mean that Easter was "canceled" and that the holiest day in the Christian calendar was used "as much as always".

"Easter will be different for many of us this year, but if we separate, we will protect others. But Easter will not be canceled. We still need Easter," she said.

"The discovery of the risen Christ on the first day of Easter gave his followers new hope and new intentions, and we can all take courage from it.

"We know that coronavirus will not overcome us. As dark as death can be – especially for those who suffer from grief – light and life are bigger. May the lively flame of Easter hope be a constant guide when we look to the future look."

It is the second time in the past week that the Queen of the Nation has sent a message of hope.

Last week she thought about how many people used prayer during the pandemic.

In a spirited speech, she said that "better days will come back" and that "we will meet again".

"While we have faced challenges before, this is different. This time we are working with all nations around the world on the common progress of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and this success will belong." to each of us, "she said.

"We should console ourselves that we have to endure more, but better days will return: we will be back with our friends; we will be back with our families; we will meet again."

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