Sunday, April 12, 2009
Dear Noah............Easter 2009..........
We traditionally color our eggs Good Friday or the Saturday before Easter at least....we had the 10 Commandments movie on in the background......
Some Easter Egg History:
The egg is seen as symbolic of the grave and life renewed or resurrected by breaking out of it. The red supposedly symbolizes the blood of Christ redeeming the world and human redemption through the blood shed in the sacrifice of the crucifixion. The egg itself is a symbol of resurrection: while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.
Traditionally, Orthodox Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed Tomb of Christ—the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead.
While the origin of Easter eggs can be explained in the symbolic terms described above, a pious legend among followers of Eastern Christianity says that Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket miraculously turned brilliant red when she saw the risen Christ.
A different, but not necessarily conflicting, legend concerns Mary Magdalene's efforts to spread the Gospel. According to this tradition, after the Ascension of Jesus, Mary went to the Emperor of Rome and greeted him with Christ has risen, whereupon he pointed to an egg on his table and stated, Christ has no more risen than that egg is red. After making this statement it is said the egg immediately turned blood red.
(this morning at 5:30 a.m. I went outside to get the paper and there were 2 large bunnies in our front yard......the moon was full......I wish you could have seen them. I did take some pictures but they were pretty dark Noah and the bunnies did not want to hang around too when they saw me snapping away!)
I love you Noah! Today we go to grandma C's for dinner.