Easter

My friend’s death taught me what Easter really means

20 April 2019 9:00 am

The bravest thing I’ve ever seen was 93-year-old Albert’s decision to die and the days after in which he stuck…

Northern soul: Whitby Abbey was built on the site where the date of Easter was decided

Whitby Abbey is at the heart of Britain's spiritual and literary history

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Saints, vampires and home of the first English poet: the town’s abbey is at the heart of Britain’s spiritual and literary history, says the Revd Steve Morris

Shouldering a hoe, Christ appears to Mary Magdalene in Fra Angelico’s ‘Noli Me Tangere’ (c.1438–50)

The loveliest episode of Holy Week – Christ rises from the potting shed

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Only the subtlest artists choose to paint the Noli Me Tangere scene, a still, small episode of calm after the horrors of the Passion, says Laura Freeman

Salzburg did Wagner proud this Easter with a revival of a legendary production

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Herbert von Karajan established the Easter Festival in Salzburg 50 years ago with a production of Die Walküre that is…

Theresa May has brutally carved away the tradition of Tory pro-EU politics

22 April 2017 9:00 am

We are all drama queens, really, we political hacks; and so we were all thoroughly delighted by Theresa May’s Tuesday…

The National Trust is compromised by its own success

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Cadbury and the National Trust stand accused of taking the Easter out of Easter eggs. The Trust’s ‘Easter Egg Trail’…

Once the English didn’t do Halloween — now it takes up all of October

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Let’s stop celebrating everything too soon, starting with Halloween

How Cameron and Osborne lost so much of their party

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Why have David Cameron and George Osborne overreached? Why are so many in their own party no longer disposed to…

Spectator letters: The government’s monumental ignorance about the NHS

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Governmental ignorance Sir: Your leading article (13 February) blames junior doctors for playing with lives in their dispute; but what…

Letters: Against and in defence of the gender fluidity debate

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Leave those kids alone Sir: Melanie Phillips was right to raise serious concerns about the emerging practice of challenging children…

Spectator letters: How to level the cricket pitch

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Levelling the cricket pitch Sir: As a cricket addict and believer in state education, it pains me to agree with…

A.N. Wilson’s diary: Why the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Ryanair are giving us a spring break

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Quarrelling about the date of Easter has been a Christian pastime for centuries. The chief bone of contention is whether…

Letters: A defence of Catholicism

11 April 2015 9:00 am

In defence of Catholicism Sir: Michael Gove gives an excellent defence of Christianity (4 April), but his embarrassment about the…

Why wasn’t there more about the other faiths over Easter on the BBC?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

There was no shortage of Easter music and talks across the BBC networks with a sunrise service on Radio 4…

Detail from the great and strange Altar of the Holy Blood by Tilman Riemenschneider at the Jakobskirche, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Is this the greatest sculpted version of the Easter story? It's certainly the strangest

4 April 2015 9:00 am

In April 1501, about the time Michelangelo was returning from Rome to Florence to compete for the commission to carve…