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EASTER - ITS JEWISH AND
 CHRISTIAN ORIGINS


JEWISH EASTER

The word “Easter” is derived from the  Jewish term  “Pesach” which means “Passover”.
It was the yearly festival commemorating the miraculous Red Sea crossing
when Moses set free the Jews from Egyptian slavery lasted 430 years.
Today Jews still celebrate this festival.





Moses led Israel through the desert towards the Palestine, “ The Promised Hand”,
for 40 years and with many difficulties caused by the frequent rebellious acts
of the owners of the grounds crossed by the big Jewish caravan.
For that reason Moses chose the hard way of the desert.

In order to commemorate this historical voyage through the desert,
the Easter feast was celebrated in each Jewish family
by eating foods and drinking beverages
with a strong symbolic meaning.





Members of the family were standing with a stick,
eating a roasted leg of lamb  and unleavened bread (because Jews left Egypt in haste
 and so they didn’t have enough time to let the bread rise).
The vegetables were three kind of bitter species: celery, lettuce and endive
in order to commemorate the  suffering that Jews endured in Egypt.

They also drank vinegar, salty water or lemon juice
 and ate the “haroseth” that is a fruit mixture  commemorating the mortar
 that the Israelite slaves had to make by themselves for the brickworks.
Finally they ate a boiled egg as a symbol of the eternal life
due to fact that its particular surface is
 without beginning and end.






CHRISTIAN EASTER

Easter is a festival celebrated by Christians 
to commemorate the Resurrection of  the Lord, Jesus Christ,
on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary
as described in the New Testament.

 Easter Sunday is a moveable feast,
 meaning it’s not fixed in relation to the civil calendar.
The first Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday
after the full moon following the March equinox (March 21)
and it falls between March 22 and April 25 inclusive.

Easter is preceded by “Lent”, a forty day period of prayer, fasting and penance
which starts on  “Ash Wednesday” and ends on “Holy Thursday”,  the day
on which Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his apostles.







The last week of Lent is called “Holy Week”
which begins with “Palm Sunday” and includes Holy Thursday and “Holy Friday”,
commemorating the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross for the sins of the world.
 “Easter Sunday” commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from death,
    event of salvation for the whole human race.   

By celebrating the Last Supper with his apostles in the course of the Passover meal,
Jesus gave the Jewish Passover its definitive meaning.
Jesus’ passing over to his Father by death and Resurrection, the new Passover,
is anticipated in the Supper and celebrated in the Eucharist,
which fulfills the Jewish Passover and anticipate the final Passover of the Church
in the glory of the kingdom (Catechism of the Catholic Church – The Sacrament of the Eucharist:1340).



It’s interesting to observe that in the Christian Easter meal
there are some foods of the Jewish Passover,
but with a different and new meaning.
the lamb represents Jesus Christ sacrified on the cross
for the redemption of human sins on the behalf of all humanity;
the egg is the symbol of the Resurrection: Christ rose from the grave on Easter Sunday morning;
as a chick breaks the shell when it is hatched and begins life,
so Our Lord comes forth living from the tomb.

SARA GIUDIZI


AS VIAS DO ESPIRITO

Imitação......3.47 COMO SE DEVEM SUPORTAR TODOS OS TRABALHOS PELA VIDA ETERNA.

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Imitação......3.47

 
COMO SE DEVEM SUPORTAR TODOS
 OS TRABALHOS PELA VIDA ETERNA.

 
 
Filho, não esmoreças nos trabalhos empreendidos por amor de mim, nem te desalentes nas tribulações: mas em todos os acontecimentos a minha promessa te forteleça e console.
Posso recompensar-te acima de todas as medidas e limites.
Não trabalharás aqui muito tempo, nem estarás sempre acabrunhado de dores.
Espera um pouco, verás o término dos teus males.
Virá uma hora em que cessarão as tuas penas e angustias todas.


THE WAYS OF THE SPIRIT

DEVOTION TO HTE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

Devotion to htr faithful departed

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH

DEDICATED TO THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

Codice shinistaT <

Non of the convinced catholic doubts of the legitimacy of the power of prayers and good dids addressed to God for the Souls of the faithful departed. Sometimes also we catholics are doubtful about the value of the prayers and good dids.We need to make it clear and try to remember what was said about the etymological meaning of the ward " SUFRAGE " In our days it has the unmistaka ble meaning of prayers for the dead ones. Really the latin meaning of " Sufrage "means simply " HELP " In recent times we have the real meaning when we talk about electoral suffrage for candidates,a support for a vote.

LOS CAMINOS DEL ESPIRITU

HA LLEGADO EL TIEMPO FAVORABLE, HA LLEGADO EL DÍA DE LA SALVACIÓN.

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HA LLEGADO EL TIEMPO FAVORABLE,
HA LLEGADO EL DÍA DE LA SALVACIÓN.


Amadísimos:  Aunque no haya época del año que no esté colmada de dones divinos, y se nos conceda en todo tiempo la gracia de acercarnos a la misericordia de Dios, conviene, sin embargo, que se dispongan ahora las almas de todos con mayor diligencia a un mejor aprovechamiento espiritual y se animen con mayor confianza, ya que la proximidad del día en que fuimos redimidos nos invita a los ejercicios de piedad para celebrar de este modo con pureza de alma y de cuerpo el misterio, sobre todos excelente, de la pasión del Señor.


WEGE DES GEISTES

Il Volto di Gesù brillò come il sole

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Il volto di Gesù brillò come il sole

Ci inoltriamo nella Quaresima e quella di oggi viene chiamata la Domenica della Trasfigurazione. Per scoprire il vero volto di Cristo, non possiamo  essere attaccati alle cose superflue.
Dopo i fatti di Cesarea di Filippo, con la proclamazione della Divinità di Gesù e con il preannuncio della Sua Passione, il Cristo prosegue a intensificare  la illuminazione e la formazione dei suoi Apostoli, mentre oramai siamo nell’estate del secondo anno della vita pubblica.
Prende con sé Pietro, Giacomo e Giovanni. Sono i tre che già aveva ammesso privilegiatamente a presenziare alla risurrezione della figlia di Giairo e che ammetterà all’agonia  dell’Orto del Getsemani.

Preghiere

Taccuino riservato

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Taccuino riservato
NOTES 2

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