Easter duck and Easter chick,
Easter eggs with chocolate thick.
Easter hats for one and all,
Easter Bunny makes a call!
Happy Easter always brings
Such a lot of pleasant things.
- Elsie Parrish -
There's a story quite funny,
About a toy bunny,
And the wonderful things she can do;
Every bright Easter morning,
She colors eggs, red, green, or blue.
Some she covers with spots,
Some with quaint little dots,
And some with strange mixed colors, too
-- Red and green, blue and yellow,
But each unlike his fellow
Are eggs of every hue.
And it's odd, as folks say,
That on no other day
In all of the whole year through,
Does this wonderful bunny,
So busy and funny,
Color eggs of every hue.
If this story you doubt
She will soon find you out,
And what do you think she will do?
On the next Easter morning
She'll bring you without warning,
Those eggs of every hue
- M. Josephine Todd, 1909 -
HAPPY EASTER 2021
This morning, what do you suppose
I found beside my door?
A nest of colored Easter eggs
Five or six or more.
I asked my own pet bunny,
Who seems to love me so,
To tell me where they came from;
I thought perhaps he'd know.
Yet not a single word he said,
Though twice he blinked his eyes;
But I believe he really knows
Because he looked so wise.
Happy Easter from Sammy and Aurora
The Hand of God
May the new day bring you blessings
As the light comes filtering through
May your sunrise be as lovely
As a morning draped in dew.
May the wind blow forth a promise
Sending sweet bouquets your way
May life seem a little brighter
As you rise to greet the day.
May the daybreak render pleasure
As the birds begin to sing
May the distant roll of thunder
Bring forth a touch of spring.
May the mist embrace the silence
Like a fire fly in the night
May an angel walk beside you
To hold you in the light.
May the rain caress your body
And life drops flood your soul
May His Spirit come upon you
To cleanse and make you whole.
May the showers come so gently
Running gently through your hair
May you touch the living water
And know that He is there.
May the freshness bring you new life
Pushing through the tender sod
May you pause to pick a flower
And touch the hand of God.
The Christian festival of Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The spring festival has its roots in the Jewish Passover, which commemorates
Israel's deliverance from the bondage of Egypt, and in the Christian reinter-
pretation of its meaning after the crucifixion of Jesus during the Passover
of AD c.30 and the proclamation of his resurrection three days later.
Early Christians observed Easter on the same day as Passover (14-15 Nisan,
a date governed by a lunar calendar). In the 2d century, the Christian
celebration was transferred to the Sunday following the 14-15 Nisan, if
that day fell on a weekday. Originally, the Christian Easter was a unitive
celebration, but in the 4th century Good Friday became a separate
commemoration of the death of Christ, and Easter was thereafter devoted
exclusively to the resurrection. According to the Venerable Bede, the name
Easter is derived from the pagan spring festival of the Anglo- Saxon goddess
Eostre, and many folk customs associated with Easter (for example, Easter
eggs) are of pagan origin.
Easter Day is currently determined as the first Sunday after the full moon
on or after March 21. The Eastern Orthodox churches, however, follow the
Julian rather than the Gregorian calendar, so their celebration usually
falls several weeks later than the Western Easter. Easter is preceded by
the period of preparation called Lent.
Reginald H. Fuller Bibliography: Torvend, Samuel, ed., Passage to the
Paschal Feast (1993); Williams, Rowan, Resurrection: Interpreting the
Easter Gospel (1994).
For Christians, Lent is a 40-day penitential period of prayer and fasting
that precedes Easter. In the Western church, observance of Lent begins
6 1/2 weeks prior to Easter on Ash Wednesday; (Sundays are excluded). In
the Eastern church the period extends over 7 weeks because both Saturdays
and Sundays are excluded. Formerly a severe fast was prescribed: only one
full meal a day was allowed, and meat, fish, eggs, and milk products were
forbidden. Today, however, prayer and works of charity are emphasized.
Lent has been observed since the 4th century.
In the Western church, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and the
seventh Wednesday before Easter. Its name comes from the practice of
placing ashes on the foreheads of worshipers to symbolize death and
sorrow for sin. In the Orthodox church, Lent begins on a Monday rather
than on Ash Wednesday.
Good Friday is the Christian commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ,
observed on the Friday before Easter. Originally, it was a day of fasting
in preparation for the unitive celebration of the death- resurrection-
exaltation of Jesus; no liturgy was held on that day. In the 4th century,
at Jerusalem, a procession was staged from Gethsemane to the sanctuary of
the cross, followed by readings about the passion. This was the beginning
of the Good Friday observance as it is now known. In the Catholic tradition,
the liturgy of the day consists of reading the passion, the ceremony of the
veneration of the cross, and communion from the sacrament consecrated the
day before. The service of preaching on the seven last words, of Jesuit
origin, has become popular in Protestantism.
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