LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear EASTER TRADITIONSIn western Christianity, including Roman Catholicism and Protestant denominations, the period prior to Easter holds special significance.This period of fasting and penitence is called Lent. It begins on Ash Wednesday, and lasts for 40 days (not including Sundays).The Sunday immediately prior to Easter is called Palm Sunday, and it commemorates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, when followers laid palm leaves across the road to greet him.Many churches begin the Easter observance in the late hours of the day before (Holy Saturday) in a religious service called the Easter Vigil.In Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Easter rituals start with the Great Lent, which begins on Clean Monday (40 days prior to Easter, not including Sundays). The last week of Great Lent is referred to as Palm Week, and it ends with Lazarus Saturday, the day before Palm Sunday.Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, which ends on Easter. RELIGIOUS TRADITION OF EASTERThe resurrection of Jesus, as described in the New Testament of the Bible, is essentially the foundation upon which the Christian religions are built. Hence, Easter is a very significant date on the Christian calendar.According to the New Testament, Jesus was arrested by the Roman authorities, essentially because he claimed to be the “Son of God,” although historians question this motive, with some saying that the Romans may have viewed him as a threat to the empire.He was sentenced to death by Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect in the province of Judea from 26 to 36 A.D. Jesus’ death by crucifixion, marked by the Christian holiday Good Friday (the Friday before Easter), and subsequent resurrection three days later is said, by the authors of the gospels, to prove that he was the living son of God.In varying ways, all four of the gospels in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) state that those who believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection are given “the gift of eternal life,” meaning that those of faith will be welcomed into the “Kingdom of Heaven” upon their earthly death. EASTER EGGSIrrespective of denomination, there are many Easter-time traditions with roots that can be traced to non-Christian and even pagan or non-religious celebrations. Many non-Christians choose to observe these traditions while essentially ignoring the religious aspects of the celebration.Examples of non-religious Easter traditions include Easter eggs, and related games such as egg rolling and egg decorating.It’s believed that eggs represented fertility and birth in certain pagan traditions that pre-date Christianity. Egg decorating may have become part of the Easter celebration in a nod to the religious significance of Easter, i.e., Jesus’ resurrection or re-birth.Many people—mostly children—also participate in Easter egg “hunts,” in which decorated eggs are hidden. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. From the History ChannelEaster, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Instead, Christian churches in the West celebrate it on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar to calculate when it will occur and typically celebrate the holiday a week or two after the Western churches, which follow the Gregorian calendar.The exact origins of this religious feast day’s name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace it to the Latin term hebdomadal alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time. Through a translation error, the term later appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English. In Spanish, it is known as Pascua; in French, Paques. These words are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew), the Jewish festival commemorating the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. Pascha eventually came to mean Easter.Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year, as opposed to a single-day observance. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil. The day before Lent, known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is the last hurrah of food and fun before the fasting begins. The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven.The Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem takes place on Holy Saturday at the Holy Sepulcher Church. The ceremony is held in the rotunda of the Church around the Tomb of Christ.In addition to Easter’s religious significance, it also has a commercial side, as evidenced by the mounds of jelly beans and marshmallow chicks that appear in stores each spring. As with Christmas, over the centuries various folk customs and pagan traditions, including Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets and candy, have become a standard part of this holy holiday. Easter 2018 occurs on Sunday, April 1. However, Easter falls on a different date each year.Easter Sunday and related celebrations, such as Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday, are considered “moveable feasts,” although, in western Christianity, which follows the Gregorian calendar, Easter always falls on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th.In Eastern Orthodox Christianity, which adheres to the Julian calendar, Easter falls on a Sunday between April 4th and May 8th each year.In some denominations of Protestant Christianity, Easter Sunday marks the beginning of Eastertide, or the Easter Season. Eastertide ends on the 50th day after Easter, which is known as Pentecost Sunday.In Eastern Orthodox branches of Christianity, Easter Sunday serves as the start of the season of Pascha (Greek for “Easter”), which ends 40 days later with the holiday known as the Feast of the Ascension.Despite its significance as a Christian holy day, many of the traditions and symbols that play a key role in Easter observances actually have roots in pagan celebrations—particularly the pagan goddess Eostre (or Ostara), the ancient Germanic goddess of spring—and in the Jewish holiday of Passover. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSEaster Previous articleOrange County’s 911: Call if you can, Text if you can’tNext article3 Ways basketball fandom is good for your health Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR PASSOVER AND EASTERNotably, Easter is also associated with the Jewish holiday of Passover, as well as the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, as described in the Old Testament. These links are clearly seen in the Last Supper, which occurred the night before Jesus’ arrest and the sufferings Jesus endured following his arrest.The Last Supper was essentially a Passover feast. However, the New Testament describes it as being given new significance by Jesus: He identified the matzah (or bread) he shared with his 12 apostles as his “body” and the cup of wine they drank as his “blood.”These rituals would come to symbolize the sacrifice he was about to make in death, and became the basis for the Christian ritual of Holy Communion, which remains a fundamental part of Christian religious services.As Jesus’ arrest and execution were said to have occurred during the Jewish observance of Passover, the Easter holiday is often close to the former celebration on the Judeo-Christian calendar. Please enter your comment! EASTER BUNNYIn some households, a character known as the Easter Bunny delivers candy and chocolate eggs to children on Easter Sunday morning. These candies often arrive in an Easter basket.The exact origins of the Easter Bunny tradition are unknown, although some historians believe it arrived in America with German immigrants in the 1700s. Rabbits are, in many cultures, known as enthusiastic procreators, so the arrival of baby bunnies in springtime meadows became associated with birth and renewal.Notably, several Protestant Christian denominations, including Lutherans and Quakers, have opted to formally abandon many Easter traditions, deeming them too pagan. However, many religious observers of Easter also include them in their celebrations.An Easter dinner of lamb also has historical roots, since a lamb was often used as a sacrificial animal in Jewish traditions, and lamb is frequently served during Passover. The phrase “lamb of God” is sometimes used to refer to Jesus and the sacrificial nature of his death.Today, Easter is a commercial event as well as a religious holiday, marked by high sales for greeting cards, candies (such as Peeps, chocolate eggs and chocolate Easter bunnies) and other gifts. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here read more
Share Save Previous: Senator Seeks Shakeup at CFPB Next: Deutsche Bank Posts Q4 Loss After Hard Year About Author: Phil Banker An independent monitor reported Wednesday Goldman Sachs has earned conditional approval of more than $100 million worth of credit towards meeting its $1.8 billion consumer relief obligation.The obligation stems from its April 11, 2016 mortgage-related settlement agreements between the U.S. Department of Justice and three states.Eric D. Green, a professional mediator and retired Boston University law professor, was named by the settling parties as independent monitor with responsibility for determining whether Goldman Sachs fulfills its consumer-relief obligations.Green’s report details the consumer-relief activity Goldman Sachs conducted since his initial report on September 16, 2016.The consumer-relief activity included the forgiveness of balances due on 132 second-lien mortgages, for total principal forgiveness of $7,758,855 and average forgiveness of $58,779 on individual loans. Total credit claimed and conditionally approved for those loan modifications was $3,655,290. Under the formulas set out in the settlements, certain kinds of consumer relief earn less credit than the actual dollar amount of loan forgiveness, for example, while other kinds of relief earn more.The extinguished second-lien loans were spread across four states, with about 55 percent located in the settling states of Illinois and New York. 56 percent of the credit is for forgiveness of loans located in census tracts identified by HUD as “Hardest Hit Areas,” which contain large concentrations of distressed properties and foreclosure activities.Another category of consumer-relief activity included in the report was the forgiveness of unsecured debt and other debt more junior than second liens in connection with 4,988 loans. The total principal forgiveness on those loans was $240,252,022, with average principal forgiveness of $48,166 per loan, and total credit of $107,924,047. Those loans were located in 34 states and the District of Columbia, with more than 16 percent of the associated credit in Illinois and New York and 56 percent in Hardest Hit Areas.Total credit sought by Goldman Sachs and conditionally approved by Green during the period was $111,579,337.”Goldman Sachs is off to a good start,” Green said.The April 11, 2016, agreements settled potential and filed legal claims against Goldman Sachs regarding the marketing, structuring, arrangement, underwriting, issuance and sale of mortgage-based securities. Besides Goldman Sachs and the Department of Justice, the settling parties were California, Illinois, New York, the National Credit Union Administration Board and the Federal Home Loan Banks of Chicago and Des Moines. Goldman Sachs agreed to provide a total of $5.06 billion under the agreements, including consumer relief valued at $1.8 billion, to be distributed by the end of January 2021.Including credit for a small “test sample” of 100 loan modifications considered in the Monitor’s initial report, Goldman Sachs to date has received conditional approval for $113,698,926 worth of credit.To read Green’s full report, click here. February 2, 2017 1,098 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News 2017-02-02 Phil Banker Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Setting it Right: Goldman Sachs Works Toward Agreement Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Phil Banker began his career in journalism after graduating from the University of North Texas. He has covered a number of communities across Texas and southern Oklahoma, writing news and sports for publications including the Ardmoreite, Ennis Daily News and the Plano Star-Courier. He is currently a contributor to DS News and The MReport. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Setting it Right: Goldman Sachs Works Toward Agreement Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago read more
IndianaLocalNews Man arrested after drug-and-booze fueled crash in Porter County WhatsApp (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) A Northern Indiana man is facing drug charges after he took pills, smoked marijuana and drank alcohol before going out for a drive Saturday night.Indiana State Police say Michael Gaskin, 31, of Hobart, Indiana, was speeding erratically through Portage, when he suddenly hit a dead end, turned around and hit another car in the process. He then drove away.Police eventually caught up to Gaskin nearby. When stopped, Gaskin told the officers he had taken two Xanax pills, smoked half a joint and drank six shots of alcohol before driving that night.Inside his car, police found several open containers of marijuana.Gaskin faces charges of driving while intoxicated, dealing in marijuana and leaving the scene of an accident. Facebook Pinterest Previous articleRecord number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Elkhart CountyNext articleIU Law Prof: President Trump could have tough court battle Network Indiana By Network Indiana – November 9, 2020 0 456 Twitter Pinterest Facebook Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Twitter read more
RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Capital rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid played out a tense goalless draw in their La Liga meeting at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night.Both teams had chances to make the breakthrough in the derby game but neither could find the back of the net as the points were shared in Week Seven.Five of the last six La Liga meetings between the two teams have now finished level, and the result keeps Real Madrid top of the table on 15 points – one point clear of third-placed Atletico.The first half-chance of the match came for Atletico in the ninth minute when Diego Costa released Joao Felix in a dangerous position, but the attacker just missed the far post with his low strike.Gareth Bale then sent one wide of the goal down the other end as the visitors started to make their mark in a forward position with Eden Hazard also finding room down the left.Bale again came close in the 18th minute as he headed over the crossbar from inside the Atletico box, and the Welshman, like Hazard, was finding a lot of space when the ball was turned over in midfield.Atletico had a golden chance to take the lead on the 30-minute mark when Thomas Partey combined with Kieran Trippier in a wide area before delivering a dangerous low cross towards Costa, but the Brazilian-born Spain international could not make contact at the far post.Real Madrid’s next attempt came in the 37th minute when Toni Kroos found some space outside the box before releasing a strike, but the Germany international’s effort was impressively saved by Jan Oblak between the home side’s sticks.Felix then came close down the other end as the summer arrival worked some space outside the Los Blancos box before firing a low attempt just wide of Thibaut Courtois’s goal.The final chance of the first period also came for Atletico when Trippier found all sorts of space inside the away team’s penalty box, but the Englishman’s low cross was expertly palmed clear by Courtois.Real Madrid had more possession and one shots in the opening 45 minutes of action, although neither team really did enough to deserve to take a lead into the half-time interval.Atletico had a big chance to take the lead early in the second period when Costa delivered a dangerous cross onto the head of half-time substitute Angel Correa, but the Argentine could only lift his effort over the crossbar.Bale then struck high of the target down the other end as both teams continued to have their moments, although it was still an incredibly even contest at the Wanda Metropolitano.Real Madrid’s Welsh attacker had an even better opportunity just before the hour when he raced onto a pass from Nacho, but once again the 30-year-old could not test Oblak.Thomas Lemar was the second player off the Atletico bench just past the hour, before Luka Modric – back from a thigh problem – became Real Madrid’s first substitute of the night.Saul Niguez flicked a corner just over the Real Madrid crossbar in the 72nd minute – moments after Modric had fired an attempt wide of the post after breaking into the penalty box.The visitors had another big chance in the 76th minute when Benzema met a brilliant cross from Nacho, but the Frenchman’s header was kept out by the diving Oblak.Koke then turned a Trippier cross over Courtois’s goal down the other end with both teams having chances to make the breakthrough in the latter stages.Three additional minutes were signalled at the end of the 90 but neither threatened to score a winner in the final exchanges as the points were shared on the evening.Both teams will now switch their attention to the Champions League as Real Madrid prepare to host Club Brugge on Tuesday while Atletico will travel to Lokomotiv Moscow on the same night. Tags: Real Madrid read more
By Ras WadadaTHE Guyana Defence Force etched its name into Guyana’s football history when they were crowned the first-ever male and female national champions of football last Sunday night.The unprecedented achievement, simultaneously, was fittingly completed on home turf at Camp Ayanganna before a disappointingly poor turnout of fans amid persistent showers.The Army yet again proved their superiority over Fruta Conquerors with a third consecutive victory to capture the inaugural GFF/STAG Elite League Leaders’ prize of $1.5M, while the women turned back the challenge of Paiwomak Warriors of Region Nine to win the first National Women’s Development League title.Women’s Development League Champions celebrate with captain Odessa Romeo and Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe holding the winners’ trophy alongside GFF boss Wayne Forde and team members. (Pics courtesy: Matthew Falloon)The Macushi lasses from the village of Annai in North Rupununi only have themselves to blame, as they squandered numerous opportunities, including a penalty. The 70-minute final was played on wet and slippery conditions that both sides adapted to well on a much smaller pitch.The Army took the lead in the 7th minute when Kendra Thomas cannoned a left- booter, from the vertex of the area on the attacking left, that ended up in the ‘V’ at the far post. Pint-size Aboscie Heywood doubled the score 21 minutes later with a right-footed effort that had more placement than power as it ricocheted off the keeper’s post to her right.Immediately the Warriors went on a sustained attack to reduce the deficit but it remained 2-0 at the halfway mark.Five minutes after the resumption the visitors had a golden chance to narrow the lead, but muffed a penalty kick awarded. Undaunted, they continued to pressure the Army’s defence but met stout and calculative resistance, led by captain Odessa Romeo who was outstanding.Samantha Roberts who displayed sound technical skills had a number of near misses after skilfully making her way into the Army’s box, with her attempts going agonisingly close to the upright or wide. Midfielder Jackie Williams eventually breached Ronette Cort’s citadel in the 56th minute with a well-placed shot from the top of the box.Despite their spirited efforts, Paiwomak had to settle for the runners-up position as captain Romeo defended stubbornly to hold on to a 2-1 win.Earlier, St Ignatius took 3rd place after putting away Fruta Conquerors 3-1, led by a brace from Amanda Cabral (21st and 46th) and one by Sonia Griffith (60th). For the losers Natalie Nedd was on target in the 24th minute.The main event started out at a blistering pace on the wet surface and mistakes were frequently made on both sides as Fruta Conquerors tried to unlock the Army’s defence by being the aggressor in the opening minutes of play...Joined together…Army’s ‘Sheroes’ and Heroes (L to R).Aboscie Heywood and Kendra Thomas (Ladies and Olvis Mitchell and Delroy Fraser (Men)The evergreen Anthony ‘Awo’ Abrams looked threatening, as he made several lateral runs in the area that opened up opportunities which the Tucville-based unit could not make use of, as the Army’s defence soaked up the early pressure. Neither side gave much room in midfield during an evenly contested first half.After the break the search for the go-ahead goal continued then Technical Director Bilaal Nantambu made a double substitution in the 62nd minute. Striker Jeffrey Perreira and midfielder Delroy Ferdinand were replaced by Sherwyn Caesar and Delroy Fraser and the home team looked reenergised as they launched attack after attack.The relentless attacks eventually brought the reward that broke the deadlock with four minutes remaining in regulation time. Captain Eusi Phillips’ pass to Olivis ‘Jim Reeves’ Mitchell in the area was buried by a low right-booter to the far post that left goalkeeper Derek Carter flat-footed at the near post.Substitute Fraser then sealed the victory, one minute into injury time with a beautiful solo effort from the left side that was punctuated with a powerfully struck right-footed shot which curled into the ‘V’ at the far post.The result was no surprise to the smiling Army coach Nantambu who gave credit to Conquerors in his post-game comment: “It ended as was planned. Keep it close and finish it off in the second half, but I must admit they are experienced and seasoned players and so we expected a hard-fought game. I think having played last Friday left them a bit tired, but it was a good game and they were worthy opponents.”The 6-pack Elite teams will next take to the pitch on Sunday with the start of the second round of the STAG Elite League.The unbeaten leaders GDF will take on third-placed Devcon Victoria Kings and bottom side Topp XX tackle 2nd-placed Fruta Conquerors in the opening double-header. read more
The Irish Sports Council had agreed a deal with the Irish Amateur Boxing Association to keep the Wexford man at home, but an I-A-B-A board meeting has reportedly shot that proposal down.During his time with the High Performance Unit, Walsh has helped deliver seven of the last eight Irish Olympic medals.