The President noted that the holiday is also a time of solidarity with those Orthodox Christians who were persecuted for their faith.
US President Joe Biden congratulated Orthodox Christians worldwide on Easter, wishing a “blessed” holiday to all who celebrate “the risen Christ and the victory of light over darkness.”
“On this holiday of joy and renewal, Orthodox Christians rejoice in the miracle of the Resurrection and reaffirm their commitment to spiritual discipline and service to those in needs,” Biden said in a statement.
“This is also a time of remembrance – honoring the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ for peace, and showing solidarity with all members of the Orthodox community who were persecuted for their faith, and who remain under threat today,” Biden said, stressing that “no one should be attacked for their religious affiliation, beliefs, and practices.”
“The United States will continue to work to protect religious freedom, both at home and around the world,” he said.
The President noted that this year at Easter, Orthodox Christians, like many other believers, had to adjust their religious traditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Thanks to the leadership of a huge number of people, including many believers, our success in the fight against the virus will soon allow us to return to our timeless and intimate traditions of celebrating Easter and other holidays,” Biden said.