Easter is one of the most important Christian festivals as it celebrates the miracle of a divine being overcoming death. After the spring equinox on march 21, the sun precedes the moon victoriously and, as the days begin to lengthen, on the Sunday following the first spring full moon, we celebrate the Easter Festival.
This season speaks to our hearts with its vivid images of new beginnings and new births. We await the melting of the snows and the emergence of the first flowers. The earth is emerging from a deep sleep similar to death, and in its experience of new beginnings and rebirth are contained the memories of death, of all that came before the new beginning.
As nature teaches in many ways, the germ for new life is already contained within every death. After buds have already been formed in the fall in order to provide for new leaves, the old leaves are dropped and the life forces withdraw. In the same way, the transformation of the caterpillar in order to become a butterfly.
The actual Easter theme is “death and resurrection”. On a deeper level, Easter involves two great themes of life: the sacrifice of spirit incarnating into matter, and the triumph of the spirit over the influence of matter. It is said that it is always darkest before the dawn, and thus, before Easter comes Lent and Good Friday, when Christ was sacrificed, and on Easter he resurrected.
Lent is the quiet proclamation of winter’s end and spring’s beginning. These forty days begin with Ash Wednesday commemorating the days for fasting and temptation spent in the desert by Jesus Christ. Lent is the time of preparation for Easter and the renewal of Spring. We gather the last of winter inside of us, carrying the cold and starkness of nature and then receiving the first wonders of spring. It is a time of fasting, reflection, prayer and almsgiving engaging our whole being, our physical selves, our thoughts and our feelings.
On Good Friday, Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. On this day, the table might include an empty bowl. This empty bowl will be filled Easter morning with found eggs. A quiet walk in the afternoon of Good Friday allow us to notice how nature receives this wonder of a day. Follow this with tea and traditional cross buns.
Holy Saturday is always filled with preparations to make the house ready for Easter morning. Making our house ready is to also prepare the house of our soul for Easter. Children may help with decorative arrangements, cooking an Easter Brunch and cleaning.
They prepare their prayer candle area with a special care. Also this is the time to finish and get ready the basket for collecting the eggs the next day.
On Easter Sunday founded eggs can be delivered by children to the family, to neighbors, including the greater community in simply ways. We celebrate the renewal of life and the eternal life in all the world and for all peoples.