Question of the Week Summary
This week I asked "Do you seek to make Christ the center of Easter or Ressurection Sunday? And what special traditions do you have that you involve your children in?
The responses were great and very insightful. For instance...
Rebecca shared with us her family's faith and tradition as Orthodox Christians...
"We are Orthodox Christians, so we celebrate Pascha. It is sometimes on the same date as Western Easter, but this year it's a week later. So while you guys are done celebrating that particular holiday, and the stores are putting away their bunny decorations, we are heading down the home stretch! We have a last week before Pascha called Holy Week. It is somewhat similar to Roman Catholics celebration I suppose. While Orthodox fast physically and spiritually in the many days before Pascha, we look towards our own behaviors and thoughts and lives. A cleaning out period, in a way. There are many services during Holy Week.
Then, in the night before Resurrection morning, we have a midnight candlelit service. It's a very intense rememberance of the Resurrection. We greet one another with the words "Christ is Risen!" and the person responds "He is risen indeed!" Here in the burg, it's said in Greek.
AS shared that he "grew up as a pseudo-catholic" and from his perspective ..."Easter was basically egg-hunts, lets eat chocolate and go to my grandparents house day" But now as a "born-again" Christian, he says that "Christ's resurrection is on my mind everyday..."
thebluesbutteryfly expressed her need "to talk about it more...to openly be thankful on this day.
Good point bluesbutterfly.
I personally believe as Christians it is a great benefit to all when we talk about it (Christ's sacrafice) and share our hope with others while adorning an attitude of thanksgiving for His grace bestowed upon us this and everyday.
Melissa stated ... "Growing up, Easter was the day of the bunny"... I remember ... the big basket of goodies, new clothes and a special meal. Only in the last couple of years have I focused more on Easter for the amazing day it is."
As a child, my Easter experience was similar to both AS and Melissa. I grew up in church, but when it came to Easter, it was perdominately about all of the tangible goodies children awaited on this day. There was little depth or substance. I had head knowledge but lacked heart knowledge or relationship when it came to celebrating this very special occassion. However over the years my relationship with Christ has developed more and enhanced my appreciation of His unmerited favor. Now as a parent I am aware of the importance of sharing my faith as a lifestyle and not just as something we discuss on holidays.
Relationship is important and essential to our faith. Regardless of our upbringing, and traditions I believe what matters most is that we celebrate the life and work of Christ by allowing His love and character to radiate from us each day. All the while seeking to remain mindful of our heritage established in hope by sharing this hope with the next generation.
AS sums it up very nicely by saying..."Because of this day...I think... every day about what He has done for me and everyone else who is willing to embrace Him."
I wish everyone a tremendously joyous Resurrection Sunday and may you bask in the understanding of His love for you!