Blog – Spring into Easter with Blessings, Hope and Joy!

Easter is a time of happy family get togethers, the entertainment of the egg hunt with the children and enjoying a delicious Easter roast (my childhood memories are of roast lamb with lashings of mint sauce), and of course delightful chocolate Easter eggs.

Family is so important, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins meeting, along with family friends (COVID-19 prevents us meeting this year like we would). But do not be disheartened we can still have fun, relax, and make Easter an incredibly special time.

Easter is a Christian festival which is celebrated all over the world and marks a time of rejoicing, it celebrates God raising his son from the dead. Easter Sunday is a culmination of the Holy Week Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is an especially important festival and celebrated with lots of joy and love.

It is important to remember the exact date of Easter changes each year because it depends on the MOON. Easter always occurs on the first Sunday after the first full MOON. It changes because the pascal full moon can fall on varies days, but because Easter falls on Sunday after March 21 Spring Equinox, Easter will always occur on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Easter this year falls on April 4, hopefully bringing beautiful spring sunshine.

The name Easter was derived from “EOSTRE” originally a Saxon word denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honour of whom sacrifices were offered about the time of the Passover.

Ostara (Eostre) by Johannes Geherts 1884. The goddess flies through the heavens surrounded by Roman-inspired putti,beams of light and animals. Germanic people look up at the goddess from the realm below.

Hot cross buns have come a long way since its humble beginning. Many cultures such as the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used to make sweet and spiced breads during the onset of spring to celebrate the end of winter and the start of a new season. However, it is said that the Anglo-Saxons were the ones to create cross buns as an offering to their goddess Eostre so that the year would be bestowed with fertility. The cross was made to indicate the four phases of the moon and the four seasons in the year.

The Egyptians and Greeks also marked the buns with the symbol of ox horns, which over the course of time transformed into a cross. Many regions across Europe too started making cross buns. In Sue Ellen Thompson’s book called Holiday Symbols and Customs, it is mentioned, ‘When archaeologists excavated the ancient city of Herculaneum in southwestern Italy, which had been buried under volcanic ash and lava since 79 C.E., they found two small loaves, each with a cross on it, among the ruins.’

According to another theory, the origin of hot cross buns dates to the 14th century, when an Anglican monk named Father Thomas Rocliffe made small, spiced cakes stamped with the cross to honour the ‘day of the cross.’

Hot cross buns became commemorations of Good Friday, and across Christendom the cross came to represent the crucifixion and the spices symbolised those used to embalm Jesus at his burial. The bun had been blessed.

Easter brings us hope and may it linger in your heart; A pure heart is a channel of God’s all-embracing love: 

On Good Friday Jesus Christ was executed by crucifixion. His body was taken down from the cross and buried in a cave. The tomb was guarded, and an enormous stone was put over the entrance so no one could steal the body.

After three days and three nights Jesus was raised to life: He died and rose again so we might have life.

Words by Paramahansa Yogananda:

‘Oh Christ, beloved son of God! …  In myriad hearts an unseen monument has arisen to the mightiest miracle of love … thy words:

Forgive them, for they no not what they do.’

Paramahansa Yogananda

Easter joy to you and your loved ones, with love and blessings from me, Tricia.