Cross Tracks Church Sunrise service via Zoom. Ella and I drove to the east end of the apartment parking lot to watch the sun rise while participating in the Zoom call.
Ella wearing the bib that “Mom” Florence Barrett made for her. She wore it to make sure that her breakfast burrito didn’t drop onto her Sunday-go-to-meeting-clothes.
WHY I DON’T CALL THIS DAY “EASTER”
The naming of the celebration as “Easter” seems to go back to the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at beginning of spring.
Some early Christians chose to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on the same date as the Jewish Passover, which fell around day 14 of the month of Nisan, in March or April
Some others instead preferred to hold the festival on a Sunday, since that was when Jesus’s (empty) tomb was believed to have been found. (Information from ‘Why Easter is called Easter’)
Personally, I try to avoid the use off the name Easter and prefer instead to call it Resurrection Sunday. I want there to be no confusion about what I’m celebrating. I’m not celebrating the vernal equinox. I am celebrating Jesus the Christ’s triumph of life over death. And godliness over evil, redemption over condemnation.
We arrived at 9:00 AM to practice for the choir. We performed one of my favourite songs, “If you’re happy, say amen.”
After church we returned home for a short rest before loading our bread and cobbler into the truck. And going to Adam and Leigha’s for a celebration dinner. Everyone else, that was invited, bowed out, except Leigha’s parents who came for breakfast. They had left before Ella and I arrived. It was a nice day of visiting. We returned home about 5:30.
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