White House Easter event welcomes cross-section of Christians

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April 7, 2015

White House chief of staff attends White House Easter prayer breakfast

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough attends an Easter prayer breakfast in the East Room of the White House in Washington April 7. The breakfast, a tradition begun by U.S. President Barack Obama, brings together prominent and grass-roots Christian religious leaders from across the country. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Quoting Pope Francis and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, President Barack Obama observed that the celebration of Easter puts other concerns into context.

“With humility and with awe, we give thanks to the extraordinary sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our savior,” Obama said at the annual event in the East Room. “We reflect on the brutal pain that he suffered, the scorn that he absorbed, the sins that he bore, this extraordinary gift of salvation that he gave to us. And we try, as best we can, to comprehend the darkness that he endured so that we might receive God’s light.”

Speaking to an audience of Christian religious leaders from around the country, Obama added that “even as we grapple with the sheer enormity of Jesus’ sacrifice, on Easter we can’t lose sight of the fact that the story didn’t end on Friday. The story keeps on going. On Sunday comes the glorious Resurrection of our savior.”

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