Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Signs and Symbols

The Easter egg is a symbol that refers to the tomb from which Jesus arose on Easter Sunday. Other symbols of the risen Lord include the resurrected Lamb from the Book of Revelation. 

In the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Fairfield, Connecticut, the Lamb is shown in the center of a beautiful Rose window at the back of the Church. The Lamb reclines on the Book of the Seven Seals with a triumphal cross and banner. Click on the image to enlarge.*

The word "Easter" comes from a Germanic goddess of spring. Latin peoples use the word pasqua from the Jewish pasch or passover. When the Germanic peoples were converted, the Church wisely associated the word for Springtime with the feast of the Risen Lord. All around us new life is springing from the dead of winter. As the last traces of snow disappear, the crocus miraculously pushes its way up through its winter tomb.

The Easter Parade is no longer the fixture it once was but tomorrow night Turner Classic Movies will feature the wonderful movie with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. Here is a link to a clip of Judy singing "In Your Easter Bonnet" to Fred. He's a little old but still dapper, and she never looked or sang better. Or, if your device permits, click on the video below.

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