Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Symbols
I love Easter. It's like a fresh start. It's a reminder that life goes on. That this isn't all there is. That Jesus made eternity a possibility for all who repent and believe. It gives meaning and purpose to each day, to each struggle, to each joy. Easter is the hope of Christianity. 
Enjoy this little history lesson and the goodies that go along with it! 

The Cross
 Since the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325, the cross has been the official symbol of Christianity. The cross itself, is symbolic of our Good Friday faith--that Jesus died by way of crucifixion and rose again to save us from sin. 

 The Easter Lily has long been a symbol of the new of life of Jesus. By itself, it stands as a Resurrection symbol and is often depicted in works of art as such. The Lily reminds us that all the events of Jesus' life point to His death and resurrection.
Flowers such as daffodils, narcissus' and the tulip are symbols of Easter because they bloom in the Spring - usually during the Easter season.

 A lamb is also a symbol of Easter because Christians view Jesus Christ as "The Lamb of God" because He was sent as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. Also, Christians refer to the Lord as "The Good Shepherd" who watches over them. Among Eastern Rite Christians, especially the Greek Orthodox, lamb was considered the primary Easter symbol. Jesus was seen as the sacrificial lamb (1 Peter 1:18-21). This lamb, known as the Pascal lamb, was borrowed from the Jewish feast of Passover, also a spring feast. 

Rabbits and Bunnies
 Rabbits are popular during Easter time because they are a reminder of spring and the new life that is abundant during springtime. They were the favorite animal of the spring goddess Eastre. The Easter bunny has its origin in pre-Christian fertility lore. The Hare and the Rabbit were the most fertile animals known and they served as symbols of the new life during the spring season.
The bunny as an Easter symbol seems to have its origins in Germany, where it was first mentioned in German writings in the 1500s. The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s. These were made of pastry and sugar.

 For many years people have used eggs to symbolize rebirth and abundant life. Throughout Europe it has been customary to give colored eggs to friends and family at Easter. Christians were forbidden to eat eggs during Lent. They were brought out in splendor on Easter Sunday. They had, in the early centuries of Christianity, been associated with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Patty from Catcalls


SassySashadoxie said...

Very imformative. Always wondered where the bunnies and eggs came into the whole Easter concept. :)

Pauline said...

What an inspiring and wonderful description of Easter.....makes a person so grateful for Jesus and causes us to remember all that He went through for us on the we can have eternal life with Him.

What a marvelous gift. Praises be to God, the Father for giving us His Son so that we can be free !!!! :) and so that we can enjoy life here on earth knowing that we have an eternal home that He has prepared for us.

Loved this Patty - bless you for sharing this.

Giupetto and Gianna Tails said...

This was just wonderful Patty. Thank you so much. You have also found just the perfect items and pictures to go with your writing.
I love those eggs.
Thanks for the great information and for the reminder of what Easter is all about.

Unknown said...

Thank you. This is a beautiful reminder of the glory of Easter. You found such lovely Etsy items to illustrate your words. Those beautiful eggs remind me of the time I spent as a child making them with my Grandmom.

Three Wishes Collective said...

wow! That was so great and such a wonderful reminder of the importance of this very sacred holiday.