The Origin and Meaning of Easter Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise to heaven on the third day. Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way to renew daily hope that we have victory over sin. Read More Posted on Jun 7, 2018 by Loretto Chapel
The Celebration of Palm Sunday Palm Sunday is a Christian celebration that occurs the Sunday before Easter. It commemorates the days before the last supper when Jesus returned to Jerusalem. Palms are a traditional symbol of peace. Because palms are not available in all climates, other branches may be substituted, lending to alternate names such as Yew or Branch Sunday. Read More Posted on May 31, 2018 by Loretto Chapel
Why is Ash Wednesday Important? According to the Gospels of Mathew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ wandered the desert for forty days fasting and resisting temptation. The Gospels of Mathew and Luke recount details of conversations between Jesus and Satan in the desert.
Lent - What You Need to Know Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and exodus into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities. Many practicing Christians today remove a major source of satisfaction from their life for this period as opposed to the entire fast. Some people give up deserts or other indulgences. Read More Posted on May 28, 2018 by Loretto Chapel