5 Things No One Has Ever Told You About Easter
The celebration of Easter will climax on Sunday as Christians around the world will mark the end of the Lenten period – a 40-day fasting period that started since Ash Wednesday.
This week is known as Holy Week and is very special in the Christian tradition.
Last Sunday, which was the Sunday before Easter, was Palm Sunday. Christians use palm Sunday to mark Christ’s journey of ‘no-return’ to Jerusalem.
The bulk of Easter’s significant celebration started since Thursday this week, which marked the beginning of the last three days before Easter.
They are called Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
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Those last three days are sometimes referred to as the Easter Triduum by the church.
However, here are 5 things about Easter that no one has told you before.
1. Catholics Were Not The First To Celebrate Easter
It is true that many people look up to Catholic Church to lead the way in terms of feasts like Easter.
Some others readily assume it must have been started by the Catholic church.
But it is important to note that Easter, unlike Christmas did not start within the Catholic Church.
In fact, Easter had been celebrated by early Christians since about 200 years after Christ’s death, before the catholic church earned global dominance.
History notes that it was the first Christians, who were mostly Jews, that were the first to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
2. Easter Is More Important Than Christmas
While Christmas provides opportunity for louder celebrations than Easter. The early year celebration is actually considered important than Christmas.
The reason is simple. If Christ had not resurrected, there wouldn’t have been Christianity let alone Christmas or Easter celebrations.
The new testament of the Bible notes that the resurrection of Jesus, which Easter celebrates, is a foundation of the Christian faith.
The resurrection established Jesus as the powerful Son of God and is cited as proof that God has overcome death.
Who would have loved to worship a god that is also powerless in the face of death?
3. Easter Can Never Occur Before March 22 Or Later Than April 25
Easter is one of the Christendom’s moveable feasts, meaning it is not celebrated on a fixed date.
In fact, the church’s authorities rely on a special Calendar to determine the dates.
According to the church’s rules, Easter can never occur before March 22 or later than April 25.
4. Easter Is Not Celebrated By All Christian Churches
As you may already expect, not every Christian group observes Easter celebration.
For instance, groups like the Baptists, Puritans, Jehovah’s Witnesses see Easter celebration as sin.
Their rejection, stems partly from the general belief that, if a religious practice or celebration is not actually written in the Christian Bible, then that practice/celebration cannot be considered an authentic part of Christian practice or belief—so at best simply unnecessary, at worst actually sinful.
5. Roman Catholics & Anglicans Only Administer Baptism During Easter
From the beginning when the first Christians celebrated Easter, it was considered the ideal time for converts to receive baptism.
This practice continues within Roman Catholicism and the Anglican Communion till today, administering adult baptism only during Easter vigil.
In addition, whether there are baptisms at this point or not, it is traditional for the congregation of the Catholic Church and Anglican Communion to renew the vows of their baptismal faith.
This act is often sealed by the sprinkling of the congregation with holy water from the font. The Catholic sacrament of Confirmation is also celebrated at the Vigil.
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