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April 5, 2013

Blame it on the moon

First I want to take this time to show my appreciation and thank our Pastor Sandy Cowan for his wonderful Easter Sunday sermon and for those at both Westernport and Barton United Methodist Church in celebration of the Lent season, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday.

All the observances for Easter had the pretty and colorful outfits and flowers, unlike those in the very beginning when pure white was the liturgical color for Easter signifying purity and joy.

I’m happy to say that I was able to survive all the preparations for Easter that always falls on the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox as well as celebrating my daughter Linda’s birthday that fell on Easter, March 31, this year. She had to share her cake with the Easter Bunny as well as all the family who gathered at my home for dinner.

I’m not sure how the bunny came to be part of the celebration of the annual Christian festival commemorating the resurrection of Jesus or the custom of not eating eggs during Lent that the people had to hard boil to preserve them since they couldn’t stop the hens from laying their eggs. And I’m not sure how coloring the eggs came to be.

But when I think about the color white being the liturgical color for Easter, it seems that all the traditional lilies, bunnies and eggs were all white before we began touching them up, as well as the ladies’ hats and gloves. They wouldn’t dare show up at church without mostly white in the old day. Why, my mother thought she couldn’t go to church at all if she didn’t have a hat.

I do understand, and enjoy, the dinners and spring festivals held in honor of Easter that was designed to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, and I looked forward to “The Bible” series on television this year, which I did watch and enjoy most of but that gruesome music and vicious beating of Jesus on Sunday, March 23. I’m sorry but I had to turn it off.

Now all I have to look forward to for the rest of the season is “Dog Days” and more birthdays.

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