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Holy Week April 6, 2007

Posted by amberpeace in Uncategorized.
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This is probably my favourite part of the year. There is something about Holy Week indescribably important to me. Yesterday was Maudy Thursday and local congregations from different denominations come together for service. Tonight there is a Good Friday service (which I don’t get to go to, unfortunatly) and tomorrow is the Great Vigil.

The Easter Vigil, also called the Paschal Vigil or the Great Vigil of
Easter, is a service held in many Christian churches as the
first official celebration of the Resurrection of
Jesus
. Historically, it is during this service that people (especially
adults) are baptized and that adult catechumens
are received into full communion with the Church. It is held in the hours of
darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise
on Easter
Day
ā€“ most commonly in the evening of Holy Saturday ā€“ but is considered to
be the first celebration of Easter Day since, the Christian tradition considers
feasts to begin at sunset of the previous day.

This year both the Western and Orthodox Easter fall on the same Sunday. So, when The Great Vigil starts tomorrow, is going to be a night long party. From 8pm-10:30pm, I’ll be at St. John’s Episcopal for their vigil. Afterwards, some of us are going over to Church of the Holy Ressurection, which is the Orthodox Church, and I’ll be wearing my tennis shoes. We’ll celebrate a Vigil there, and we’ll be finished around 4am

Perhaps it’s the fact that Hallmark can’t really cash in on Holy Week, and that’s why I like it so much. It’s still a sacred time of the Church that the rest of the world doesn’t quite get. I don’t really decorate for Easter, because, unlike Christmas, there aren’t many decorations that also double as religious symbols. I do like decorating eggs, but I’m coming to the conclusion that I can do better then teach my kids about the Easter Bunny. Where did that come from anyways? An excellent story is that of Mary Magdalene

After the Ascension of Christ, she supposedly went to the Emperor of Rome
and greeted him with “Christ is risen”, as she gave him a red egg. She then
began preaching Christianity to him. The egg is symbolic of the grave and life
renewed by breaking out of it. The red symbolizes the blood of Christ redeeming
the world, represented by the egg, and our regeneration through the bloodshed
for us by Christ. The egg itself is a symbol of the Resurrection while being
dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.

So for those of you who celebrate Easter, enjoy. Remeber that the week hasn’t been, and the day will not be, about candy, bunnies, or family dinners. Instead is the fact that he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried, and the third day he rose again.

Pray and watch, Sunday is coming

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1. Anonymous - April 6, 2007

Its Lurr and I want you to know that you are important and special and loved and I miss you. I am so sorry for being MIA right now but a lot is going on and I am low on minutes. I think about you all the time-bestest.

2. Mommy - April 7, 2007

So instead of the rabbit story raise your children with the story of Mary and decorate red eggs for the children to give away as a rememberance of His life for ours. Enjoy your weekend.


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