How will you celebrate Easter Sunday? Depending on a person’s ethnic tradition, one’s geography, one’s church’s traditions, personal family traditions and make up of one’s household; a person may give a variety of answers to the question. For example, it’s a long-standing practice of a Christian community in Ontario to gather early each Easter morning with members of a neighbouring church, climb a sizeable hill in the center of town, listen to one of the gospels’ Easter story, sing a few Easter hymns and then proceed as a group to one of the churches for a light breakfast of boiled eggs, coffee and fellowship. Then people in that same community may join together for other worship experiences and meaningful family traditions. Many of us may know of the famous Ukrainian Easter tradition of creating intricately decorated Easter eggs known as ‘pysanka’. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”.
How will you mark Easter with joy and meaning? I pray that you will give some fresh thought to how you will celebrate and possibly even begin (or begin again) a worthwhile tradition. What better and more liberating reality is there to recognize? “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead...” (I Corinthians 15:20) - EGN