Celebrating Easter: Private Citizens Express Faith at Daley Plaza

Thomas More Society Sponsors Easter Cross, Sunrise Service and Divine Mercy Project

2011 for 2012 Easter Cross at Daley Plaza

(Chicago, IL – April 15, 2014) – At midnight on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, a nine-day prayer vigil will commence in Daley Plaza to honor the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. The Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based national public interest law firm, joins private citizens to sponsor “Jesus in Daley Plaza” for the 8th year. A 19-foot tall cross and a 10-foot tall image of the resurrected Jesus will be displayed as an expression of faith by private citizens in the Daley Plaza public forum. An Interdenominational Easter Sunrise Service featuring prayers and music will be held on Sunday, April 20, at 6:00am. Daley Plaza is located at 50 West Washington, between Clark and Dearborn, in downtown Chicago.

On Thursday evening, April 17, at 7:00pm, the huge cross will be raised, draped in purple linens. On Easter Sunday, as the resurrection of Christ is celebrated, the drapery will be changed to the traditional white to symbolize renewed life. At the same time, “The Divine Mercy” image of the resurrected Christ will also be revealed. The nine-day prayer vigil “Prayer in the Public Square,” coordinated by The Divine Mercy Project and The Christopher Leaders, will run through Monday, April 28.

“Both the Easter Cross and the Divine Mercy Image represent a constitutionally protected expression of faith—the observance of the Resurrection—by private citizens in a public forum,” said Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society. “The Easter displays are privately funded and sponsored, bereft of any government aid or endorsement, and therefore, these displays are clothed and armored with the full protection of the First Amendment of our U.S. Constitution.” The Thomas More Society helps groups and individuals across the country, defending their First Amendment right to express religious beliefs freely and openly in traditional public forums, especially during the holiday seasons of Christmas and Easter.

Participants in the Sunday morning Easter Sunrise service include: Rev. Zaki L. Zaki, Chicago Northwestern District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Shirley Pulgar-Huges, Redeemer of Calvary/El Redentor del Calvario UMC, Dr. Hiram and Dr. Joronda Crawford of Pro-Life Pro-Family Coalition, and Thomas Brejcha, President and Chief Counsel of The Thomas More Society. Music will be led by John Oakley and John and Emily Fitch, and Perry Marshall from the Greater Chicago Church.

The Easter Cross and The Divine Mercy Image displays were designed and built by Karl and Nancy Fritz and Family.