This year Easter will be an extra special for me!
My son, "Little King" (5yr), being sent to Catholic School, has a new understanding on the meaning of Easter and what it represents.
Without being urged, coerced, prodded, etc.... Out of the clear blue, our son told his Mom and I that he was giving up his video games for lent. The important thing was he knew why he should make sacrifice for Lent.
Our little monster then asked what I was giving up for lent. Talk about being one upped by a 5yr old - I was speechless!
For some reason when I think about this, being a Momma's boy, makes me swallow hard!
My Mom, Esther, who passed away about 10 yrs ago, being Italian/Sicilian was named after Easter. Her birth name was Pasqualina, which in Italian means Easter. Buona Pasqual!
I do my best to NOT be like some parents who constantly brag about their children. But I could not be more proud of my "Little King"!
The below story and links on the meaning of Easter was reposted from Answers.Com -
Easter, like the spring season it graces, is associated with birth, renewal and fertility.
Easter marks the Resurrection of Jesus three days after his Crucifixion. Sandwiched between the 40 preparatory days of Lenten penitence and the seven weeks of Eastertide, it is the most important and most joyous holiday on the Christian calendar.
In 2007, Easter falls on April 8 for both the Western Church and the Eastern Church.
The Easter timeline runs as follows:
- Shrove Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras
- Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent...
- Lent — 40 days, excluding Sundays
- Holy Week, the last week of Lent, consisting of:
- Palm Sunday
- Maundy Thursday
- Good Friday
- Holy Saturday
Though the New Testament contains no reference to an annual feast celebrating the Resurrection, the practice was well-established by the second century. Early churchmen were divided on whether to hold a feast on 14 Nisan (the date of the Biblical Pesach, which morphed into the name for Easter in many languages) or on the following Sunday; disputes and excommunications ensued in this Quartodeciman controversy until the Council of Nicea in 325 decided it must fall on a Sunday.
Eventually the date was formulated roughly as "the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or after the vernal equinox." This can range between March 22 and April 25.
According to the eighth-century theologian the Venerable Bede (who came up with the dating system of AD and BC), Easter is named for Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. She is associated with the egg and with the hare, both symbols of procreation that have been enduringly incorporated by the church in the form of Easter eggs and the Easter bunny who brings them.
How to celebrate Easter:
Decorate your home and church in white and gold, the colors of Easter.
Wear new clothes to represent a new beginning, especially an Easter bonnet.
Hide decorated Easter eggs for children to find, to represent coming out of the womb/tomb (i.e., Easter's intertwined themes of fertility and resurrection).