Easter’s Been and Gone !

The really busy  time of the year has  flown by  and suddenly  we  are in  the new sunlit uplands  of the time between Easter and  Pentecost!

This  Sunday coming  ( 5th May )  we have some more exciting stuff happening.  A  folk  Communion at St Mary’s and  a Cafe Church at St Peter’s – two very different ways to worship and  meet with God both happening at 10:30 so sadly you cant go to both, for the traditionalists there is a our Monthly Evensong at St Mary’s in the evening at 6:30.

I was wondering over Easter why  it is that the English word  for  Resurrection  Sunday is unlike nearly all other European languages. For some reason we use the name of a the Saxon spring goddess (Eostre)  where are everyone else  uses a word  like  Pasg (welsh) or Pasque (french), which in turn echo the Hebrew for Passover (pesach).      I think its a shame in some ways,  but in another it speaks of the universal appeal  of the festival,  Saxon names remain in  English  for  the  real things  – eg  sheep and cow  – Norman french  gives us the words for  Mutton and Beef,  the posh expensive  things.   So perhaps  using Easter means that this is  for all of us and that the hope and joy  of Jesus rising from the dead as the firstborn promise  for us all speaks to all humanity.





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