Easter is the most sacred day in most Christian religions because it is a celebration of resurrection from the dead. This lent is before a 40 day preparatory period where many followers fast and give alms in preparation. The week is known as Holy Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and then, Easter Sunday to take the week to Easter. Easter does not fall on a fixed day, but it is a floating ceremony. Traditional traditions include Easter Bunny, Easter basket and eggs, and parades
inspirational easter quotes
Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals. ~Charles M. Crowe
My soul’s a belfry full of bells,
With warbling birds behind its bars!
I see the softly mirrored stars
That tremble in the glassy wells…
My soul is full of Archangéls,
And full of star-y pointing flight!
I hear the flail of Fates that smite
The hoarded grain with secret spells…
~Stuart Merrill (1863–1915), “Easter Song”
God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress. ~Robert South, Sermons
“Easter,” all her birds are singing,
Easter, and the souls of men,
Lying long in strife and shadow,
Take the light of heaven again.
~J.J. Britton (1832–1913), “Easter”
Q: How do bunnies stay healthy?
Well pleaseth me the sweet time of Easter
That maketh the leaf and the flower come out.
~Bertran de Born
Angels, roll the rock away;
Death, yield up thy mighty prey:
See, He rises from the tomb,
Glowing with immortal bloom.
~Thomas Scott, “Easter Angels”
Unfortunately, there is nothing more inane than an Easter carol. It is a religious perversion of the activity of Spring in our blood. ~Wallace Stevens, 1916
And as He was resurrected
On that day, so very fair,
Let our thoughts be resurrected
From wrong thinking to God’s care…
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Easter” (1940s
Richest raiment, many-hued,
Spring-enwoven now she throws,
Smiling, round her throbbing bosom,
And her face with gladness glows… ⁂
So she springs from dust and ashes,
With a glad victorious smile,
And the merry March winds echo
Down the budding green defile.
~J.J. Britton (1832–1913), “Easter”
Ye sleeping buds, break
Open your green cerements, and wake
To fragrant blossoming for His sweet sake.
~Margaret French Patton
The story of Easter is the story of God’s wonderful window of divine surprise. ~Carl Knudsen
Once more to new creation Awake,
and death gainsay,
For death is swallowed up of life,
And Christ is risen today!
~George Newell Lovejoy
Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. ~Floyd W. Tomkins
There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou – Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed.
And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here. ~St Augustine
Awake, thou wintry earth –
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~Thomas Blackburn, “An Easter Hymn”
Those have a short Lent, who owe money to be paid at Easter. ~Benjamin Franklin
See the land, her Easter keeping,
Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,
Burst at last from winter snows.
Earth with heaven above rejoices…
‘Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Spanish Student
Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing. ~Albert Laighton
Bunnies are cuddly
The large and the small
But I like chocolate ones
The best of them all.
The fasts are done; the Aves said;
The moon has filled her horn
And in the solemn night I watch
Before the Easter morn.
So pure, so still the starry heaven,
So hushed the brooding air,
I could hear the sweep of an angel’s wings
If one should earthward fare.
~Edna Dean Proctor, “Easter Morning”
But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust.
He takes men out of time and makes them feel eternity. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson