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Easter: A Festival of Joy and Hope

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  • Jose Kurian Puliyeril
    Easter: A Festival of Joy and Hope. by Jose Kurian Puliyeril The Easter, the great feast day of joy and hope, is the most important festival for the Eastern
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      Easter: A Festival of Joy and Hope.
      by Jose Kurian Puliyeril

      The Easter, the great feast day of joy and hope, is the most
      important festival for the Eastern Christians in general and for the
      Orthodox Christians in particular, than any other festivals
      connected with the life and mission of Lord Jesus. The Resurrection
      of our Lord and Savior, which took place on the third day of His
      crucifixion, is celebrated as Easter.

      The origin of the English name 'Easter' is unknown. In Latin and in
      Greek it is Pascha. The term 'Easter' is another form of the non-
      Christian word 'Astarte' which was used for the Chaldean Goddess as
      a title to denote her as the queen of Heaven. It is also advocated
      by few that the name 'Easter' was used by the Anglo Saxon Priest
      Venerable Bede in the 8th century accepted from the Anglo-Saxon
      spring goddess Eostre. There is no doubt about the celebration of
      Easter is the principal festival of the Christian Church year, and
      it is the celebration of the Resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ on
      the third day of his crucifixion and burial. In the Acts of the
      Apostles (chapter12:4) the term Passover is used instead of Easter.
      The phrase 'Passover' signifies after the whole festival was at an
      end. In the post apostolic times the Christians observed the
      Passover as a continuation of the Jewish feast, but were not
      instituted by Lord Jesus Christ or it was not connected with the
      Lent.

      To read more, please visit
      http://www.socdigest.org/articles/05mar08.html
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