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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Eggs at Easter

Have you ever wondered why there are Easter Eggs during Easter Sunday? As a kid, I know it is something related to Easter but I never think about its connection to the special event. As I grow up, I have begun to wonder what Easter eggs are.

In Christian tradition, the Easter egg has become a symbol of the resurrection of the Lord. The egg resembles a form of new life inside its shell.

In an article from Wikipedia, it says, In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed Tomb of Christ — the cracking of which symbolized His resurrection from the dead. Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal Vigil (which is equivalent to Holy Saturday), and distributed to the faithful. Each household also brings an Easter basket to church, filled not only with Easter eggs but also with other Paschal foods such as paskha, kulich or Easter breads, and these are blessed by the priest as well.

Perhaps, some people question the scriptural foundation of Easter eggs but I guess it can be a good way to teach little children the value of the most important Event in the history of man, the resurrection of the Lord. In a sense, the use of eggs might not have direct scriptural basis but the use of symbolism in this case has no scriptural restriction. As long as the teaching leads to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, I believe there is no error.

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1 comment:

  1. The sad thing is Easter is so commercialized that a lot of people don't even know why it's celebrated and they think it's about bunnies and eggs :-)
    Oh, I wrote an article about this a year ago--here's the link to my blog post with the same subject-->


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