Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spy Wednesday

Judas sold Jesus out for thirty pieces of silver on the Wednesday before Good Friday according to Matthew 26:14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.  This is why today is Spy Wednesday of Holy Week. What value do you put on your relationships with people and your relationship with the Lord? For what rewards or pleasures are we willing to betray each other and the Lord? In what ways do we betray each other and betray God?

Holy Week

Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter or Resurrection Sunday. It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate and enact the suffering (Passion) and death of Jesus through various observances and services of worship. Holy Week begins on Sunday, March 29 and ends on Saturday, April 4.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Why We Call Easter Resurrection Sunday

The eggs,bunnies and even the word Easter are pagan in origin and have nothing to do with Jesus Christ, his life, death or his ministry while on earth. The tradition of wearing new clothes to church on Resurrection Sunday is Biblically based however, because Jesus was wearing a new White robe when he appears to both Marys and the disciples after his resurrection. The time we celebrate the resurrection and the holy week that precedes it coincides with Passover. The events of Jesus' Crucifixion, death and resurrection actually occurred during and after Passover. The Spring Equinox - the Wiccan Eostre or Ostara Sabbat - this month's seasonal witchcraft Sabbat celebrated by modern Wiccans and pagans just happens to be during this same time of year.The holiday is a celebration of spring and growth, the renewal of life that appears on the earth after the winter. In mythology it is often characterized by the rejoining of the goddess and her lover-brother-son, who spent the winter months in death. This is an interesting parallel
to the Biblical story in which Jesus is resurrected (the reason Christians celebrate Easter), pointing to another appropriation of pre-Christian religious figures, symbols and myths by early Christianity.

The Easter Bunny is German in origin. He first appears in literature in 16th century as a deliverer of eggs. All rabbits and hares were thought to lay eggs on Easter Day, but the Easter Bunny specifically sought out and rewarded well-behaved children with colored eggs in a manner reminiscent of Yule customs. The movements of the hare, leaping and zig-zagging across the fields, were thought to hold clues to the coming year.

Eggs themselves are obvious symbols of resurrection and continuing life, as well as fertility. Early humans thought the return of the sun from winter darkness was an annual miracle, and saw the egg as a natural wonder and proof of the renewal of life. As Christianity spread the egg was adopted as a symbol of Jesus' resurrection from the tomb.

So, observant Christians who are aware of the origins and folklore surrounding bunnies and eggs celebrate Resurrection Sunday in keeping with Biblical teachings. Others celebrate Easter.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Seventh and Final Day of Kwanzaa is January 1st, New Year's Day and Imani (Faith) is the Principle for Kwanzaa's Final Day

On this day, everyone pledges to focus their minds and hearts on the greater good for the entire community in the following year. After the last candle is lit and the period of discussion and reflection is complete, families enjoy a meal, open presents, and celebrate the new year together.

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The sixth day of Kwanzaa is December 31 and the Sixth Principle of Kwanzaa is Kuumba

Kuumba means creativity and sets the tone for the sixth day of Kwanzaa. This day occurs on New Year’s Eve and considered special. There is often a celebration or feast that accompanies the ritual lighting of the candles (for this day, the last of the red ones). The eldest member present will also read the Tamishi La Tutaonana, a farewell statement to the old year.

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The Fifth Day of Kwanzaa is December 30th

On the fifth day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, the farthest right green, the next red and then the next green candle. This represents the 5th principle of Kwanzaa -  Nia (NEE-ah). :  Purpose . The fifth principle is discussed. The family shares the Unity cup and the candles are extinguished.

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