With spring flowers and April showers, this time of year brings the promise of resurrection. The best way to illustrate this is the rebirth of new leaves, dogwood blossoms, green grass beginning its annual pilgrimage to cover everything in sight, except sometimes where you really want it to grow! Spikes of irises, tulips and ferns springing from the ground, daffodils, fluffy snowball bushes making a grand entrance, all these familiar sights herald spring, renewal, rebirth and growth.
There are many Easter traditions and symbols that we celebrate and have incorporated into our own family traditions. Here are the origins of some of these cherished traditions.
Regularly observed since the early days of the Church, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ from the dead, after the crucifixion. It marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent and the last day of the Easter Triduum (from the evening of Maundy Thursday until Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday), as well as the beginning of the feast Easter. season of the liturgical year.
The resurrection of Christ represents the triumph of good over evil, sin, death, and the physical body.
Easter 2022 will be observed this Sunday, April 17. Easter is a “movable feast” which is always held on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25.
This year, Easter occurs just one day after the April full moon (Saturday April 16), which is the first full moon to occur after the vernal equinox (March 20, 2022) and is therefore known in the Christian calendar. under the name of “paschal full moon”. .” Easter always occurs on the first Sunday after the Easter full moon, which is why Easter is so late this year. Over a period of 500 years (from 1600 to 2099 AD), it turns out that Easter will most often have been celebrated on either March 31 or April 16.
One of the traditional Easter symbols is the Easter lily. This flower with satiny white petals symbolizes life, purity, innocence, joy and peace. Some believe that beautiful white lilies grew in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus wept in the final hours before being betrayed by Judas. They are said to have ascended where drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the ground in his last hours of pain.
The etymological origins of the word “Easter” are still a mystery, but it is one of the oldest words in Old English.
The word Pascha (Latin) comes directly from Pesach, the Hebrew word for Passover. In the Hebrew Bible, according to the story of the first Passover, Moses told the Israelites to slaughter a Passover lamb and paint its blood on their door. The Lord protected the Israelites from death by passing through their gates and did not “permit the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you down” (Ex. 12:23).
In the New Testament (1 Corinthians 5:7), Paul connects the risen Christ to the Passover by referring to Jesus as the paschal lamb who was sacrificed for the salvation of his people. Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples during Passover.
Jesus was crucified during Passover week, making the ultimate sacrifice of his life. He is often called “the Lamb of God” in the Bible. At Easter, the Passover of Jesus from death to life is celebrated.
From lambs to lilies, there are many beautiful Easter symbols that hold meaning for us. But do you know that the origin of the Easter egg is based on the ancient tradition of fertility? And that the tradition of the Easter bunny comes from the Germans?
It is traditional in many countries to hold egg hunts and games using plastic eggs often filled with treats, helping to mark the end of Lent. Every year in Washington, DC, there is an egg roll on the White House lawn. This custom dates back to Easter Sunday School picnics and parades in the years before the Civil War.
The Easter bunny also has its origins in the pre-Christian tradition of fertility, while the hare was the Egyptian symbol of fertility.
The familiar “Easter Bunny,” which visits children on Easter morning, followed German immigrants to the American colonies in the 18th century. Initially, children made nests for their Easter bunnies with beanies, hats or boxes; eventually these became the colorful Easter baskets we use today.
The word Easter may have been an old German word for “is”, which in turn comes from a Latin word for “dawn”. This could be the origin of our traditional Sunrise Service, held on Easter Sunday in many parts of the world, including the United States.
Some Easter events you can attend locally include:
A special Easter egg hunt will take place today, Thursday April 14 at 4:00 p.m. at NHC Moulton, 300 Hospital St. All employees, their families and the community are invited. Eggs will be provided.
Lawrence County Dream Center Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 16, Town Creek City Park. The Easter bunny will be there for pictures at 10 a.m. and the Easter egg hunt starts at noon. Also in Town Creek, there will be a Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 16 at noon at Town Creek Ball Park.
A special Easter service at Mt. Hope Baptist will be held on Good Friday at 7:30 p.m. The church will also host a The Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Easter Sunrise Service will be at 6:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday with another Easter service at 10:30 a.m.
Corinth Baptist will hold its Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m.
Courtland Baptist Church is having an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. On April 16, at 10:30 a.m., lunch will be served with an egg hunt to follow. They will also have the Kona Ice truck there.
Caddo Congregational Christian Church, located east of Caddo Cafeteria on Co. Rd. 214 Trinity, will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. The Sunday Sunrise service starts at 6:00 am, followed by breakfast. Everyone is invited to attend.
Alice Hitt will open her property for outdoor Sunrise service in an open field at 3561 Co. Rd. 214, Hillsboro, AL at 6:00 a.m. The area is located a quarter mile west of Reed’s Grocery and approximately three miles east of Langtown. Visitors are asked to arrive approximately 15 minutes before sunrise. Everyone is invited to attend the breakfast following the ceremony. For more information, contact Alice Hitt at 256-476-8834.
Oak Grove FCM hosts a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Everyone is invited.
Old Town Creek Baptist will be holding an Easter outdoor worship celebration at 11:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday. The event will be moved indoors in case of bad weather.