Hallelujah! According to Leonard Cohen (songwriter), “Hallelujah is a Hebrew word which means ‘Glory to the Lord.’ The song explains that many kinds of Hallelujahs do exist. I say: All the perfect and broken Hallelujahs have an equal value. It’s a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way but with enthusiasm, with emotion.” Here are a few versions (one instrumental, two vocal [one acapella]) — on this Easter Sunday, let’s give “Glory to the Lord!”
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Did you know that . . .
Easter is one of the biggest holidays for consuming candy (second only to Halloween). Here are some fun facts for you to ponder.
- 120 million pounds of candy purchased.
- 90 million chocolate bunnies.
- 76% of people eat the ears first.
- 5% eat the feet first.
- 4% eat the tail first.
- 700 million peeps.
- 16 billion jelly beans (just in America).
- 70% of all Easter candy purchased is chocolate.
- Annual spending on Easter candy: $120 billion.
Source: Internet Retailer, Barna Group, National Retail Federation, National Confectioner’s Association
I Feel It In The Air (by Edna Reed)
I know it’s Easter time again,
I feel it in the air.
The breath of spring with woodsy tang,
And new life everywhere.
And spring glides on with magic touch
O’er mountain side and glen;
And wakens all the sleeping plants
For Easter time again.
The brooklets leap from rock to rock,
As if in joyful play;
The flowers peep from darkened tombs
To welcome Easter Day.
The birds are swinging on the boughs,
And trill in ecstasy;
They seem to show the world’s great joy
Of Easter mystery.
Why should we dread
the thing called death?
It’s just an open door,
Where all within is love and peace
And joy forever more.
“Because I live, you too shall live,”
We hear the Savior say.
Let’s consecrate our lives anew,
On this glad Easter Day.
For those of you wishing to plan for future years, here is a listing of the dates for Easter up until 2099 . . . and following the Lenten Season, what better way to enjoy Easter than with the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah? This rendition: “from Andre Rieu’s ‘Live From Radio City Music Hall’ in New York City 2004, with the Johann Strauss Orchestra and the Harlem Gospel Choir.” Simply marvelous!
So, why Easter? How exactly did we come up with the word “Easter” to celebrate this religious holiday? (As opposed to Wester, or Norther, or Souther? Ha, just kidding.)
One explanation has it origins in Northern Europe — Eostre (aka Eastre) was the name of the pagan “goddess of the dawn” of the Saxon people. Similarly, the Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility was known via several variations: Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos — her name was derived from the ancient name for Spring: Eastre.
An alternative explanation involves a Latin translation into German. The Latin word “alba” has two meanings: “white,” and “sunrise.” When the name of the Resurrection festival (which included the word “alba”) was translated into German, the “sunrise” meaning was selected in error. This became “ostern” in German. Ostern has been proposed as the origin of the word “Easter.”
Did you know that today is Twentieth Day? Norway celebrates Tyvendedagen, the 20th Day of Christmas. It is the official end of the holiday season in Norway. The day is known as St. Knut’s Day in Sweden.
However, depending on which “tradition” or religious calendar you follow, the end of the holiday season often coincides with the Epiphany (January 6th) which represents the climax of the Advent/Christmas Season and the Twelve Days of Christmas (counted from the evening of December 25th until the morning of January 6th, which is the Twelfth Day). The Greek Orthodox Church and others (for example, Russian and Serbian Orthodox) still follow the older calendar and celebrate Epiphany as the Theophany on January 19th.
For me, the Christmas season officially ended last week (on the Epiphany). It won’t be long now before we enter the forty days of Lent as we prepare for the Easter Season (which begins at sundown the evening before Easter Sunday [the Easter Vigil] and lasts for six more Sundays until Pentecost Sunday).