Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter talk

Ash Wednesday - This marks the beginning of Lent* (a period of fasting and sacrifice, that symbolises the 40 days Jesus Christ spent in the desert, fasting and praying for the sins of mankind); church-goers receive a symbolic cross mark of ash on their foreheads.

Palm Sunday - It is the Sunday before Easter and the day that Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem (after fasting on the mountain for 40 days). Locals welcomed him by laying down their cloaks and waving palm fronds.

Maundy Thursday - The Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar was insecure that everyone was following Jesus Christ and his teachings. The Jewish high priests felt he had blasphemed traditional laws and so they conspired to crucify Jesus Christ.

Good Friday - This is the most solemn day observed by Christians all over. On this day. Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross.

Easter Sunday - It is said that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead on the third day after he was crucified (to show mankind that death has no power over good). This miracle is celebrated by attending a special service in church and is followed by feasting.

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