All aTwitter over Easter

The story of the passion of Christ, his death and subsequent resurrection, has survived for two millennia. The central story in the Christian epoch has been recounted verbally. It has been printed in numerous books, especially the Gospels of the Bible. More recently, it has been the subject of movies, television programs and radio broadcasts. It has outlived emperors who sought to ban it and commentators who declared that the story is no longer relevant.

It will no doubt survive Twitter, as well.

Twitter, for readers who may not be up to date on the latest technology fads, “is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates.” That’s according to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. Messages sent over
Twitter are known as “tweets.”

One of the oldest churches in this country, New York’s Trinity Church, which was founded in 1697, was using Twitter to share the Easter story on Good Friday. Those who logged on received tweets recounting the words of the main characters in the biblical story for three hours Friday. Those who didn’t have Twitter on their cell phones could also view the story as it unfolded in tweets at

Reading the dialogue could be a bit disconcerting, however.

For instance, a tweet that reported Jesus’ words, “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit,” was followed by one from someone who tweeted with no capital letters: “hi from the jewish community in murcia spain.”

There were also some glitches by those presenting the Gospel story. Twitter allows tweets of no more than 140 characters. At one point during the presentation, someone wrote, “Guys, stay within the 140 character limit ... it’s truncating, ruining the effect!”

Still, the story was told — or tweeted. And for those familiar with the biblical account, it was not too difficult to follow.

And so, a message that is now more than 2,000 years old has been molded to fit with the latest technology, the same thing that has been occurring for centuries.

For billions of Christians around the world, it doesn’t matter how the Easter story is delivered nearly as much as the fact it is still told and retold and is still reaching new people.

Happy Easter, everyone.


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