As it’s Easter Sunday and I haven’t posted anything for a while and I couldn’t get into the garden centre cafe because everywhere’s closed, I’ve resurrected my post from two years ago about Easter…
What is it about Easter that gets the planners in such a fuss? Every year it chops and changes: this year it’s the 5th April, last year it was the 20th, the year before that it was in August!
I know it’s something to do with the phases of the moon. The first Sunday after a Paschal moon, the first full moon after the spring equinox, but it doesn’t have to be so complicated. Find the date when Jesus was crucified and choose the Friday and the Sunday nearest to that date. All the stations of the cross still fall on the correct weekday and everyone knows when they can start booking their caravan holidays.
But with the current system the date floats around the calendar like a Pagan festival.
And while we’re on the subject why did the Church choose the name Easter knowing it sounds so much like Eostre, a name derived from a Germanic fertility goddess Oestr. Did no one at the time think to themselves, hang on if we call it Easter it’s just going to sound like a Pagan festival?
And is it a British thing or do people from other parts of the world exchange Easter eggs and Easter bunnies at this time of year (or more accurately, from February 15th onwards when the commercial orgy of Valentine’s Day has been and gone)? Eggs, rabbits, symbols of life, rebirth. I know Jesus was resurrected on the Sunday, but all these blatant symbols of fertility being passed around makes the whole event look like a Pagan festival.
Get a grip. Fix the date, change the name, and get rid of all those overpriced chocolate eggs. Easter is an important Christian event, not a bloody Pagan festival.
Hang on a minute, someone here wants to tell me something. . . .