The history of Easter: A basketful of illuminating articles

Belarusian Easter Eggs

Belarusian Easter eggs

Next time a friend or family member asks you (because you clearly are an erudite person, since you read this blog!), “Was Easter originally a pagan holiday?” or “Why eggs and bunnies?” or any other question about the history of Easter and Holy Week, you can point them toward these articles written by the editors of Christian History magazine:

How the Fast of Lent Gave Us Easter Eggs
Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Simon of Cyrene all appear in legends about eggs turning red.

Was Easter Borrowed from a Pagan Holiday?
The historical evidence contradicts this popular notion.

Why “Easter”?
One of the advantages of my job is that I get paid to look up stuff I always wanted to know. Like now that it’s Holy Week, I’ve often wondered why we call Resurrection Sunday “Easter.” . . .

Fire, Water, and a Risen Savior
From the early centuries of the church, the Easter Vigil has been a vivid way of celebrating Christ’s resurrection and our own redemption.

The Most Celebrated Easter Sermon
Every Easter Orthodox churches around the world read this sermon by John Chrysostom (349-407), the early church’s famed preacher and archbishop of Constantinople at the great Church of Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia).

When Is Easter This Year?
The question of the proper date for Easter—the most important festival on the Christian calendar—is another of those fascinating and complicated odysseys in the history of Christianity.

‘Hymn for Easter Day’
Charles Wesley’sChrist the Lord Is Risen Today‘ brings alleluia’s historical significance to modern audiences.

Easter Eloquence
The holiday has inspired great words from some of history’s greatest preachers.

Why does Easter’s date wander?
Our first stop on this tour of the wandering Easter is a quick study of lunar calendar that was the chart and compass of 2,000 years of Jewish history. . . .

Ashes to Ashes
An early tradition of pre-Lenten repentance developed into our modern practice of Ash Wednesday.

The Other Holy Day
In the rush toward Good Friday and Easter, don’t forget Maundy Thursday.

Food for the Soul?
Though Lent is supposed to be about the heart, not the stomach, the season is famous for provoking culinary creativity.

For good measure, here‘s a brief article of mine on Good Friday.

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  1. Pingback: (E) is for Easter (a-z challenge) | jeanne's blog

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