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Alexandra

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Posted: Apr 3, 2007 - 4:05pm

dionysius wrote:


Happy Passover to whomever appropriate!


I once took part in a Seder meal. It was really interesting.

Happy Passover indeed.
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Posted: Apr 3, 2007 - 3:59pm

No Easter Bunny without there having first been...bitter herbs?



Happy Passover to whomever appropriate!
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Posted: Apr 3, 2007 - 3:53pm

Every year at this time, my sibs used to listen to the Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar.

I know just about every lyric to every song in that thing, just from sitting around listening with them over and over.

Just scored a copy of it this week on CD, and listening 30 years later I'm thinking just what a well put-together composition that thing IS! Some of those songs really groove.

I especially like singing along with Everything's All Right...nice nuances by Yvonne Elliman.
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Posted: Mar 29, 2007 - 4:11am



RPeeps.
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Posted: Mar 29, 2007 - 3:58am

mzpro5 wrote:

The name Easter is thought to date back to Istar (or Ishtar), the Babylonian godess of fertility and the return of Spring.

The early true Cristians had nothing to do with pagan gods and idols, as advised by the writings found in the Greek Scriptures.

The breakaway sects, who decided that the rulings of the early Christian council in Jerusalem did not apply to them then decided to also ignore Jesus' instruction to ".. continue doing this in rememberance of me.." on Nisan 14th, and set up their own regulations for celebrating the Pact of the New Covenant

(click here) for more information that I posted about this in another thread
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Posted: Mar 28, 2007 - 10:25pm

phineas wrote:

"But phineas, I am your father...."



why does this fit SO well?
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Posted: Mar 28, 2007 - 10:23pm

pilate wrote:


"But phineas, I am your father...."
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Posted: Mar 28, 2007 - 10:15pm



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Posted: Mar 28, 2007 - 10:08pm


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Posted: Mar 28, 2007 - 10:03pm


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Posted: Apr 17, 2006 - 12:35pm

Some Easter History

Since its conception as a holy celebration in the second century, Easter has had its non-religious side. In fact, Easter was originally a pagan festival.
The ancient Saxons celebrated the return of spring with an uproarious festival commemorating their goddess of offspring and of springtime, Eastre. When the second-century Christian missionaries encountered the tribes of the north with their pagan celebrations, they attempted to convert them to Christianity. They did so, however, in a clandestine manner.
It would have been suicide for the very early Christian converts to celebrate their holy days with observances that did not coincide with celebrations that already existed. To save lives, the missionaries cleverly decided to spread their religious message slowly throughout the populations by allowing them to continue to celebrate pagan feasts, but to do so in a Christian manner.
As it happened, the pagan festival of Eastre occurred at the same time of year as the Christian observance of the Resurrection of Christ. It made sense, therefore, to alter the festival itself, to make it a Christian celebration as converts were slowly won over. The early name, Eastre, was eventually changed to its modern spelling, Easter.
The Date of Easter
Prior to A.D. 325, Easter was variously celebrated on different days of the week, including Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In that year, the Council of Nicaea was convened by emperor Constantine. It issued the Easter Rule which states that Easter shall be celebrated on the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. However, a caveat must be introduced here. The "full moon" in the rule is the ecclesiastical full moon, which is defined as the fourteenth day of a tabular lunation, where day 1 corresponds to the ecclesiastical New Moon. It does not always occur on the same date as the astronomical full moon. The ecclesiastical "vernal equinox" is always on March 21. Therefore, Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between the dates of March 22 and April 25.
The Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny is not a modern invention. The symbol originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit.
The Germans brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America. It was widely ignored by other Christians until shortly after the Civil War. In fact, Easter itself was not widely celebrated in America until after that time.
The Easter Egg
As with the Easter Bunny and the holiday itself, the Easter Egg predates the Christian holiday of Easter. The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a custom that was centuries old when Easter was first celebrated by Christians.
From the earliest times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures. Eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf or, if you were a peasant, colored brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers.

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Posted: Apr 17, 2006 - 11:00am

It was a lovely day - no candy - the kids' mom came over - nice dinner, we all got along and enjoyed each other's company - and I was exhausted when the day ended.
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Posted: Apr 17, 2006 - 10:57am

Weather was perfect, that's for sure. And thanks for asking, mine too was nice. Saw Bach's "Passion of the Christ" at the Kennedy Center Saturday night - three hours of German narrative and ariae.

I've been wondering about the origin of the term "Easter," which seems to come from the German "Oster," and that would imply something from the East. This doesn't make sense.

Also not making much sense is Easter bunnies and eggs. Bunnies I read as a symbol of fertility and part of the rites of spring, but rabbits don't lay eggs. Eggs are another form of fertility, but are closely associated with reptiles and snakes, which weren't portrayed too fairly in the scriptures.

Is Easter a pagan holiday that the Romans took over?

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Posted: Apr 17, 2006 - 8:17am

I hope everyone had a great Easter. Those of us in the mid-Atlantic region could not have asked for better weather.
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