For the general pagan population Easter is about bunny rabbits, chicks and all things chocolate. It is about new clothes and Easter egg hunts. It is about being out of school. For the general population that considers themselves Christian is means all of that but also one of the two Sundays of the year that everyone goes to church. The other is Christmas Sunday. It might also mean you are familiar with the term “Good Friday”.
Historically Holy Week actually starts on Wednesday with something called Tenebrae. This isn’t celebrated much any more. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper. Good Friday remembers the day Jesus was crucified and of course Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection. This is from the Western Church’s perspective.
Although Christmas has caught the imagination of the world, Easter is at the heart of Christianity. Some don’t like the term “Easter”. They claim is has pagan roots. Okay. Call it Resurrection Sunday. It is the most important belief that Christians have. As the Bible summaries,
(1Co 15:14 KJV) And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.So if you are a believer, Happy Holy week. Rejoice. If you are not a believer then you know why I am smiling.
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