The Dean of Derby, the Very Reverend Doctor John Davies, says Easter Day is just one celebration in a series of events over the last few months, where the Church has tried to spread a message of hope and love.
Hundreds of worshippers have packed into Derby Cathedral for the traditional Easter Sunday service.
The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, held this morning's celebration of Jesus' resurrection.
Speaking ahead of the service, the Bishop released his annual Easter message, part of which explained the sequence of events at this important stage in the Christian calendar.
Easter is not just an event. More, Easter is a process. The Christian understanding of Easter flows through a powerful sequence. Maundy Thursday: a supper with friends. Good Friday: betrayal, torture, death.
Holy Saturday: a space of waiting while hope struggles with despair and light seems to be extinguished by darkness. Easter Sunday: Jesus risen from the tomb, hope and light in triumph – not simply in this world, but as ingredients of a glory beyond our little universe.
Thousands of people are expected to fill Leicester city centre today for the annual telling of the Easter Story.
The traditional Christ in the Centre event has been closed down due to what organisers labelled "spiralling costs" - but it has been replaced with an event called Leicester@theCross.
Leicester@theCross is designed for people of all faiths, and will tell the story of Jesus' crucifixion through dance, singing and music.
The event begins at 11am.
Motorists are warned of a second busy day on the roads today as thousands of people are expected to take advantage of the long weekend for a short getaway.
Drivers are advised to check local travel news before setting off and plan alternative routes in advance.
A church congregation fed up with having their Easter Sunday services disrupted by noisy football fans have staged a protest.
The Reverend of Aston Parish church says scheduling Sunday lunchtime matches disturbs the peace and tranquility of their services.
Today the congregation in Birmingham staged a peaceful mini-demonstration ahead of Villa's match with Liverpool.
There is divided opinion on the protest taking place on Easter Sunday against Aston Villa's decision to hold a match earlier in the day than usual. Aston Parish Church say the match will disrupt people attending church.
The protest being held by the Aston Parish Church today against the lunchtime Aston Villa match being held on Easter Sunday includes handing out free hot cross buns.
Reverend Andrew Jolley says they are there to remind people what Easter is all about.
Although matches have taken place on Easter Sunday for years, protesters say holding the game earlier in the day this year is disruptive to those attending Church.