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Easter Day

Christ is alive!  Let Christians sing!

Easter morning at Two Saints is just plain fun. It has its solemnity, of course, but it is also holy play.  How could it be otherwise?  It has been
revealed to us yet again that death does not have the last word.

At 8 am we add hymns to the Service for the only time during the year.  There is a children's time, and an Egg Hunt after the Service.  At 10 am we pull out all the stops. Again, there is a children's time, including the "un-burying" of the Alleluia, and an Egg Hunt after the Service.  The readings for the day are here.

Easter is not one Sunday, but 50 days of rejoicing, including eight Sundays through the Day of Pentecost.

Ever wonder how the date for Easter is figured?  It's simple, really. Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.  The date is, therefore, sometime between March 22 and April 25.  This formula was set at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.  In The Book of Common Prayer you can find a table to find the date of Easter through 2089.

Every wonder why Orthodox Easter and our Easter are sometimes different?  It's because the Orthodox churches still use the Julian calendar
(rather than our Gregorian Calendar).  In the Julian calendar, Easter occurs sometime between April 4 and May 8.

The word "Easter" comes from the Old English word Eastre or Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess whose name was attached to a spring month roughly equivalent to our April.  In Latin Easter is called Pascha and languages derivative from Latin use some form of this term, such as the Spanish Pascua.

Here's a poem by Christina Rosetti, a 19th century Anglican poet, "Easter Carol."

The icon to the left is of Mary Magdalene, holding an egg. The legend is that she used an egg to prove to the Emperor Tiberius that Jesus had indeed rose from the dead.  The egg turned blood red in her hand.  This legend is where the Easter egg tradition comes from.