Below is the text of the speech made by Theresa May, the Prime Minister, on 1 April 2018.
Easter is the most important time in the Christian calendar.
A time when we remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and give thanks for the promise of redemption afforded by his resurrection.
Over the last year, Britain has faced some dark moments, from the terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge and London Bridge, at Manchester Arena and Finsbury Park, and the fire at Grenfell Tower.
I know from speaking to the victims and survivors of these terrible events how vital the love and support they have received from their friends, family and neighbours has been to them as they begin to rebuild their lives. In the bravery of those facing adversity, the dedication of our emergency services, and the generosity of local communities, we see the triumph of the human spirit.
The Easter story contains an inspiring promise of new life and the triumph of hope.
For Christians around the world facing persecution, the message of the Cross and the resurrection help them to stand firm in their faith.
Here in Britain, Easter arrives with the coming of spring – a time of rebirth and renewal.
It is a chance for families to come together, to share a meal, to be outdoors and to enjoy the first stirring of nature after winter.
However you are spending this Easter, I hope that you have a happy and peaceful time.