Not since the height of the Second World War, when Australia was advancing on Japanese lines in the Pacific in April 1943, has Easter and ANZAC Day come so close. So rare an event, they won’t collide again for nearly 30 years.
It is regular practice for churches to celebrate the sacrifice of Christ at Easter and the sacrifice of servicemen and women on ANZAC Day, but is ok to compare the two and celebrate them together in the house of God?
Some churches have decided to celebrate them both in the same service and even go as far as comparing the two sacrifices. This week, an Anglican church in Sydney posted a card to residents inviting them to attend an Easter/ANZAC service stating that both “remind us of [the] selfless sacrifice of others willing to give their lives to bring peace to this world”.
The Anglicans are not alone. One Catholic diocese in New South Wales suggests Christian worshipers do everything they can, not to disconnect the two remembrance events. The Most Reverend Peter Ingham, Bishop of Wollongong, says “the reason why I say do not disconnect Anzac Day from Easter is because both celebrations are about sacrifice and the fruits of sacrifice.
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