Saturday, July 30, 2016 11:09:52 AM
- Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Lenten season. The priest makes
the sign of the cross of the forehead with the ashes from the previous
Palm Sunday from the year before. This symbolises that we are to commence
to be faithful observe traditions and penance in a mark of respect of
Jesus suffering for our sins and dying on the Cross. 'thou art dust and
unto dust shalt return' Early history had the penitents coming with the
old sackcloth clothes to the priest.
- this is the Sunday before Easter. Jesus entered into Jerusalem and the
people held palms over his head as he walked. The town was crowed with his
followers who came to commence the Jewish Passover. They cheered as he
walked the road.
- This day is know as maybe God's Friday when Christ died for our
sins, thus giving us good. Christian see this as Good Friday to make it
stand out from all other Fridays.. Jesus was crucified to bring us to Salvation
to free us from 'Original Sin'. So Good does comes of this day of tragedy.
- Hot Cross Buns
Buns were said to be part of a part of a Pagan ritual
of eating them on Good Friday. Boun, and old description of the sacred ox. that
was sacrificed during the vernal equinox with the horn of the beast
stamped on the buns and were then eaten. The round bun is aid to be symbolising
the the full moon with four quarters. The horn marked on the buns also are
seen as the sign of the Cross. I t can be broken up into four parts easily
and eaten when the folk returned from Mass.
The Easter Egg.
This represents new life following death and the resurrection. The
egg looks unmeaning but from it emerges new life the chick. So from death
and the grave we will rise to a new life. From early times this represents
the sign of great fertility and immortality. Basket of eggs were let at thee burial sites of Ancient
Greek and Romans. Eggs are left also by the Maoris in the hand of the dead.
Jewish folk are served eggs when they return from the funerals of the
death of their loved ones. As the Easter in the Northern Hemisphere is in
the Spring season, it is nature and out of the cold dark times a new life
emerges. On Easter Sunday when eggs are eaten today we can now see why the
Easter eggs can be eaten after observing the eggs removed from the diet
during Lent. Eggs were originally painted bright red, for joy, the colour of
our blood. Reminding us that Jesus shed his blood for us all to be free from
Simon of Cyrene a Jerusalem egg merchant gave a basket of eggs in sorrow
for Jesus being crucified. Simon went with Jesus to Calvary placing his
basket down and returned to find they had all changed colour. The Polish believe
that the eggs brightly painted gave Jesus some joy whilst a child.
Mary painted them for him. When it was realised that the eggs would carry
the symbolic effect of Jesus resurrection that his was the custom of the
Easter Egg were only to be eaten at Easter.
We can just imagine the bunnies jumping around the meadows in the
Spring. However he was alas a Hare. Eostre sacred animal said to have been
born with their eyes open. The hare represents the full moon and the feast
of the Goddess..
We all know how prolific breeder they are and thus we see
fertility and lots of new life. Bunnies have long been the fun of children
at Easter. The bunny's name is 'tale of a tail' Bun being another word used
as tail. thus bunny with its little short tail.