Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Happy Orthodox Easter! What is Easter about?
Easter is a Christian festival that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Bible says that Christ died on the cross on Good Friday. He resurrected and came back to life on Easter Sunday. This is the most important day for Christians around the world.
Easter is on different dates each year, between March 21st and April 25th. This year, for Orthodox Christians, it fell on the 8th of April.
Today, many Orthodox Christians went to church for the Easter liturgy and got together with their friends and family.
Modern Easter traditions include Easter eggs, Easter bunny, and chocolate.
Did you color Easter eggs this year? Do you know where this tradition comes from?
Actually, there are several versions.
- According to one of the most common legends, after Jesus rose from the dead, Mary Magdalene went to speak to the Roman Emperor Tiberius. She greeted the emperor by saying “Christ is Risen.” Tiberius replied, “Christ has no more risen than that egg is red.” As soon as the emperor said this – yes – the egg turned red.
- Another version involves Mary Magdalene’s trip to Jesus’ tomb three days after his crucifixion. She carried a basket of cooked eggs with her. When she arrived and found the tomb empty, the eggs in her basket turned a brilliant shade of red.
- Some Eastern European legends credit not Mary Magdalene, but Jesus’ mother Mary, as the source of the egg-dying tradition. Mary was present at her son’s crucifixion on Good Friday and brought eggs with her. In one version, blood from Jesus’ wounds dropped on the eggs, coloring them red. In another version, Mary was weeping, begging the soldiers at the cross to be merciful to her son. She gave soldiers the eggs and, as her tears fell on them, they were spotted with brilliant color.
And what about the Easter Bunny?
Well, as we know, rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies. That’s why they became a symbol of new life.
According to a legend, the Easter bunny decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life. This is why many children, especially in Europe, go on Easter egg hunts.
Dear friends, may Peace, Hope, Love, and Joy fill your hearts and homes!
Christ is Risen!