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Welcome to the first of the Ember months. We’re glad you made it!

May God and man remEMBER you for good this month, in Jesus name.

May you not witness the evil rumored around the EMBER months in Jesus name.

May you bring forth your dreams this 9th month in Jesus name.

The year is coming to an end, may you see the end of it in Jesus name.

Remember also to sincerely ask yourself if you’ve achieved most, if not all your plans for this year. If you haven’t, you have work to do before the year runs out. Don’t carry over.

WHY CELEBRATE EASTER?


In case you’re wondering “What’s Easter about?” and “Why is it celebrated”. Feed your curiosity, read the article below. Enjoy.

Easter,[nb 1] also called Pasch[nb 2] or Resurrection Sunday,[nb 3] is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection ofJesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion byRomans at Calvaryc. 30 AD.[5][6] It is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period offasting, prayer, and penance.

The week before Easter is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper,[7][8] as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.[9] In western Christianity, Eastertide, the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the fiftieth day, Pentecost Sunday. In Orthodoxy, the season of Pascha begins on Pascha and ends with the coming of the fortieth day, the Feast of the Ascension.

Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts which do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Juliancalendars which follow only the cycle of the sun; rather, its date is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established two rules, independence of the Jewish calendar and worldwide uniformity, which were the only rules for Easter explicitly laid down by the council. No details for the computation were specified; these were worked out in practice, a process that took centuries and generated a number of controversies. It has come to be the first Sunday after theecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March,[10] but calculations vary in East and West. Details of this complicated computation are found below in the section Date.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for “Easter” and “Passover” are identical or very similar.[11]Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and includesunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church,[12] and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb.[13][14][15] The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection,[16][17] traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide.[18] Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades.[19][20][21] There are also various traditionalEaster foods that vary regionally.

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This is what’s good about Good Friday


An actor playing Jesus in ‘The Passion of Jesus’ production on Good Friday in Trafalgar
Square on April 3, 2015 in London. (Getty Images)

Ever wondered if wishing people ‘Happy’ Good Friday is appropriate?

Have you ever been in two minds about wishing someone a ‘Happy’ Good Friday? Have you been confused about how a day of suffering and pain can be remotely ‘good’? Here’s a little insight to what gives the day honouring the death of Jesus Christ a less morbid feel to it.

The day humanity was saved

Father Savio De Sales, Parish priest of Mount Carmel Church in Bandra, who is also doing his research in Theology, throws light on why Jesus’s death does have a silver lining to it. “To eradicate sin from the face of the earth, God sent several prophets to show people the right way of life. Inequality, marginalisation, cruelty towards the poor, have been major issues in society since time immemorial. Jesus Christ was sent among the Jews for the same. However, the Bible states how people in power (the Romans) then began to think of him as a threat and decided to crucify him. So, in a way, Jesus made the supreme sacrifice of taking on the sins of all the people and giving up his life to redeem them. He, therefore, saved humanity.”

A day for reflection

Although Good Friday is a day of mourning, it also calls for reflection of sins. Christians focus on forgiveness. Luke 23:34 of the Bible says that after being crucified Jesus uttered the words, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” The last call for forgiveness is in some way hope for his followers to start over on a new note. Hence, a reason to affirm their faith in Christ and hope for pardon on Judgement Day.

Paving way for Easter

All said and done, Good Friday is but a solemn affair. “Different countries have mixed approaches to celebrating the day. Some call it ‘Black Friday’, ‘Bad Friday’, ‘Holy Friday’ or even ‘Easter Friday’. It is the convergence of Jesus’s suffering and the hope for resurrection,” says Father De Sales.

So depending on how you look at it, Good Friday can be depressing but can also mean preparation to receive the joy of Easter. It is thereby, the hope for salvation that brings out the ‘better’ in Good Friday.

Source: dnaindia.com

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