Saturday, 3 April 2010

Happy Easter Everyone

Photos Copyright: Maggie May

In my last post, I wrote that Harry and I would be going to Church on Good Friday, that is if you waded through my froggy encounter first.
I wrote about collections of miniature crosses and the fact that a friend of mine had made me a lovely model of one, hand crafted out of stained glass and held together with lead and soldering, just like the church windows of old, in a tiny sort of way.

I am writing this after just coming back from The Good Friday Service and our church was decorated with these displays, so it was no surprise to me, to learn that most of the time was spent emphasising The Cross and how Jesus died for me........ and for you too. Forgive me if you are not Christian........ I am not stuffing this down your throat, just telling you of my interpretation of the Good Friday service and the service that will be so different on Easter Sunday.
So during this morning's service, we were invited to come to the front of the church, where there were two baskets of tiny wooden crosses...... each one of them skilfully carved out of a chunk of wood by some one somewhere, unknown to me.
By taking a cross we would have a lasting reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

When I got home, I wondered if I would have enough crosses of my own to illustrate this post (as I like to use my own photos.) My glass cross will still be on display in church until Sunday when I can collect it. So off I went for a little search about the house and I found a suitable Easter card, a couple of crosses on chains, a letter opener in the shape of a sword that is still a cross, an earring, a minute bible with a cross on it, as well as the tiny wooden cross that I was given today.
I also have my celtic cross on the wall in the garden.
So I am constantly reminded of the message from this morning, but I really didn't need the reminders because the message is in my heart.
There are no bodies on our crosses because the whole point of the cross is.......... that Jesus didn't stay on it, but was put in a tomb and on the third day he rose again, so the Easter Sunday service will be a joyous affair.
There folks....... that is the whole point of Easter but we can also celebrate our rabbits and fluffy lambs and chicks and the chocolate eggs as they all are symbolic of new life.
Which leads me to say, I hope you all have a very Happy Easter, whatever your persuasion of faith or belief.
Lets hope the weather is dry and sunny and that we can all enjoy Springtime at its best.
Definitely my favourite time of the year.


Valerie said...

A joyous Easter to you, Maggie. This is a lovely post and I really like your celtic cross in the garden. It is so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Yay for sunshine, yay for Spring and I hope that you have a lovely Easter.

Ps, thanks for letting me know about the roast - I had no idea it was up yet :0) Oooops!!

Akelamalu said...

That's a nice collection of crosses Maggie - now you've mentioned it I had a think and I have a few too!

Happy Easter

cheshire wife said...

That was a lovely cheerful post. I hope that it means that you are feeling better and can enjoy the bank holiday.

Happy Easter!

Ayak said...

Have a very happy Easter Maggie xxx

Eddie Bluelights said...

Lovely post Maggie.
Happy Easter to you and the clan # Luv Eddie x

The Green Stone Woman said...

I think most of the people have forgotten the point of easter and it's just a holiday to eat more food and get dressed up for. There's a lot of pagan symbolism in all the other ingredients of Easter, so we have been celebrating this holiday for quite some time. Nobody thinks of any of it.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Absolutely PERFECT POST, Maggie...beautifully and thoughtfully expressed...and your words truly touched my heart! And your photos worked wonderfully well...I think the last one is especially gorgeous! Have a wonderful Easter Sunday!!! Much love to you! Janine XO

Gail said...

I am so glad that someone writes about the real meaning of Easter for a change.

Wishing you a happy and peaceful Easter.

aims said...

You know that David would have made this Post of the Day!

What a lovely expression of your faith and so well written too.

Happy Easter and I am awarding you Post of the Day!

lakeviewer said...

We are all uplifted this time of the year, Christian or not. It's the promise of rebirth and reincarnation deep in our DNA that we all appreciate.

Those with faith and religious traditions have all of this plus more.

Happy Easter.

Bernie said...

Happy Easter my sweet dear friend, and I love this post.
Your crosses are lovely. I am sending you and Harry much love and many blessing across the miles.
........:-) Hugs

SandyCarlson said...

I wish you a Happy Easter, too, lovely lady. Easter is so full of joy, and it is restful, too, I think. Free of the stress and demands of Christmas.

Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Iota said...

Beautiful post. I love those crosses.

Expat mum said...

Happy easter sweet Maggie.

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

I come from a family that collects rosaries and crosses.
I do find crucifix comforting.

Happy Easter Sunday!

Rose said...

In our church, it has been a tradition that on Good Friday all the decorative symbols near the altar would be taken down at the end of the service and everyone leaves without talking. It's all very somber, and then Easter morning everything is brought back in in a joyous procession. This has always had such an effect on me, reminding me of the real meaning of Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

I do hope you had a wonderful Easter, Maggie! We had the first sunny, warm Easter Sunday in years, and the grandkids hunted Easter eggs in our yard.

Anonymous said...

That's truly beautiful, Maggie. A very happy Easter to you and your family.

CJ xx

Marguerite said...

Lovely post and collection of crosses. A beautiful expression of faith. Hope you had a wonderful Easter with your family. Blessings, Marguerite