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President Bush Gives His Annual Easter Speech

“Through His sacrifice and triumph over death, Christ lifted the sights of humanity forever.
( [email protected] ) Mar 27, 2005 01:29 AM EST

President George W. Bush gave thanks to God for His blessings and spoke of the hope that is found in Christ's triumph over death in his annual Easter speech.

“I send greetings to all those celebrating Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ,” the President wrote. “Through His sacrifice and triumph over death, Christ lifted the sights of humanity forever. In His teachings, the poor have heard hope, the proud have been challenged, and the weak and dying have found assurance. Today, the words of Jesus continue to comfort and strengthen Christians around the world.”

Thanking God for his blessing during “this holy season”, Bush also said he keeps in prayers “the men and women of our Armed Forces – especially those far from home…by the call of duty.”

The following is the full text of the President’s Easter message:

Easter 2005

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

I send greetings to all those celebrating Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through His sacrifice and triumph over death, Christ lifted the sights of humanity forever. In His teachings, the poor have heard hope, the proud have been challenged, and the weak and dying have found assurance. Today, the words of Jesus continue to comfort and strengthen Christians around the world.

During this holy season, we thank God for His blessings and ask for His wisdom and guidance. We also keep in our thoughts and prayers the men and women of our Armed Forces -- especially those far from home, separated from family and friends by the call of duty. May the joy of Easter fill our hearts with gratitude for our freedom, love for our neighbors, and hope for peace.

Laura and I wish you a Happy Easter.