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Discussion in 'Faith & Religion' started by Lara Moss, Mar 22, 2016.
from http://www.thecathedralofstandrew.org/ where at site there's information on Easter Services on Oahu in Honolulu.
The Easter Lily symbolizes purity…
Legend has it that, on the night before Jesus was crucified, He came into the quiet Garden of Gethsemane to pray. As he prayed and wept there, the flowers of the garden bowed their heads in pity and sorrow too.
Beautiful Lilies of the Valley, Terry.
Today, my 91 yr old mother has invited the whole family over for her Easter Meatloaf
She did this last year too so I guess Easter Meatloaf is a tradition now
I thought we must be the only family on the planet that has meatloaf for Easter until I found this photo from google…
I must suggest to her to hide an egg in the center. That makes it qualify for Easter
Holy Saturday! The Scripture reading for today's Upper Room Devotional, is Luke 23:44-56, from the Message Bible.
44 By now it was noon. The whole earth became dark, the darkness lasting three hours -
45 a total blackout. The Temple curtain split right down the middle.
46 Jesus called loudly, "Father, I place my life in your hands!" Then he breathed his last.
47 When the captain there saw what happened, he honored God: "This man was innocent! A good man, and innocent!"
48 All who had come around as spectators to watch the show, when they saw what actually happened, were overcome with grief and headed home.
49Those who knew Jesus well, along with the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a respectful distance and kept vigil.
50 There was a man by the name of Joseph, a member of the Jewish High Council, a man of good heart and good character.
51 He had not gone along with the plans and actions of the council. His hometown was the Jewish village of Arimathea.
52 He lived in alert expectation of the kingdom of God. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
53 Taking him down, he wrapped him in a linen shroud and placed him in a tomb chiseled into the rock, a tomb never yet used.
54 It was the day before Sabbath, the Sabbath just about to begin.
55 The women who had been companions of Jesus from Galilee followed along. They saw the tomb where Jesus' body was placed.
56 Then they went back to prepare burial spices and perfumes. They rested quietly on the Sabbath, as commanded.
Jesus’ followers were devastated by what had happened on Good Friday. Surely they felt defeated and bewildered, wondering if they were going to die along with Jesus.
When our daughter Leslie was an adolescent, she drew a cartoon of Jesus sitting in the tomb before the large stone had been removed. He was looking at a wristwatch and thinking, Any minute now . . . The caption read, “Saturday.” Although that seems like a much-too-innocent view of the crucified Christ, it described the anticipation we feel just before Easter. We who know the rest of the story can look forward to the joy and celebration of the Resurrection. But because we already know what happened next, we may not appreciate the grief and futility that Jesus’ followers experienced on Saturday.
The period beginning with Good Friday and ending Easter Sunday morning is an especially appropriate time for fasting. Denying ourselves, reflecting on Jesus’ sacrifice, praying, waiting — these disciplines prepare us for the joy of Easter. As we claim the Resurrection for ourselves, so we share in the sorrow and grief that precede it. Without experiencing the darkness, we cannot fully appreciate the light.
David Turner (Texas, USA)
Father God, help us dare to dwell in the darkness of the tomb for a while today so that we can experience the full joy of Easter morning. Amen.
The essence of Easter
Another Easter card for you here
Once I clicked on the steeple, that was one of the most beautiful Easter cards ever, Terry. Thank you for posting it!
Thanks, Terry! What a great card!
Quilled Easter Eggs:
The Resurrection, by Dieric Bouts
^ Thanks Joe for the info. I figured the original was Jesus but your post is very helpful because I checked out your link which shows that Bouts' paintings were all respectful depictions of Biblical times and not stemming from any type of dark origins, The only thing is the spoof of the easter bunny for comedic effects and I'm okay with that….afterall the resurrection is a happy time of celebration .
Vintage Easter Bonnets:
That is a really strange picture that you posted with the rabbit head placed on our Lord and Savior, @Lara Moss ! What website did you find it on ?
I think that it must be related to the transformation of the traditional Passover to the pagan Easter celebration.
The word Easter was first used in the King James Bible, and it was used there after the crucifixion of Jesus, which happened just before Passover.
Then King Herod, who was a pagan, refers to it in Acts, chapter 12, when he talks about arresting Peter during the week of unleavened bread (which comes after passover) and then putting him out to the people after Easter, which was the pagan fertility celebration.
Pagans used the egg and rabbit as fertility symbols for their celebration to Ishtar, from which the word 'easter" is derived.
Possibly, your picture is depicting the change from celebrating the Biblical Passover, to the melding with the pagan Easter (eggs and bunnies) fertility celebration.
It might be clearer if you can tell us what website this picture is from ? I looked for it, and found some pictures that were similar; but not that one.
I googled "easter rabbit gifs".
This GIPHY website was at the top of the list and carries nothing but GIF images:
I then clicked on the small picture to get a bigger one and it took me to:
It says it came from TUMBLR.
It had this next to the pic: #dvdp #easter
Hmmmm.... it's an Easter rabbit head on the body of Jesus... yeah, I'd say it's pretty sacrilegious. But I'm not really into mocking the resurrection, so I really have no idea what this means.
Okay, I deleted it. But I didn't see it as "mocking the resurrection".
I looked at it as a creative spoof on the easter bunny and the religious meaning of easter.
Much like the many fine art paintings like the Mona Lisa. But I wasn't sure because I know all of the religious holidays are seen to have pagan roots by some…so I asked if anyone knew for sure.
The picture reminded me of something from the Mad Hatter books ... strange rabbit figures.