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      One Heartland church getting in the Easter spirit

      The weather was sunny and mild on this Easter Sunday morning as a few hundred gathered at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Kirksville for their annual Easter Sunday Mass.

      After the 40-day season of Lent and Holy Week which was a sad time for the church, this Easter holiday brings a sense of new happiness and hope.

      For Father Chris Cordes, this is a day of joy.

      "On this day we learn to live our lives as Christian people finding joy and what we come to discover and grow in as a result in our relationship with The Lord. Joy is something Easter gives us the opportunity to live with that all of the time," Cordes said.

      During the service, there was everything from inspirational readings to songs of praise and holy communion as the church celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

      There was a moment when the crowd was asked to renew their promises and reconnect their faith with The Lord.

      Father Chris also reminded the crowd that no matter how or which way we celebrate Easter; we must always remember the true meaning behind it.

      "The resurrection is our promise and hope that nothing can separate or end our one to one with God, not even death itself," Cordes said.