Friday, April 3, 2015

Passover and Good Friday, both observed, April 3, 2015

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Seder menu changed to Mediterranean
 "Passover 2015: The Seder, the story and the food explained." "Passover, or Pesach, begins April 3 this year. Here's the basics of the Jewish holiday. What is Passover? Passover is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the Torah's account of the Israelites' escape from slavery, which is also in the Bible's Book of Exodus. How to you celebrate it? Like all Jewish holidays, Passover is based on the lunar calendar and therefore starts at sundown. During the seven-day period of the holiday, Jews are forbidden to eat any leavened bread, which is why the flat cracker-like Matzo is associated with this holiday.
At the heart of Passover celebrations in many Jewish families is a festive meal mixed with ritual that takes place on the first night called a Seder."  Pen Live/Julia Hatmaker, 4/1/15. "Passover 2015: The Seder, the story and the food explained."   Reference: Wikipedia/Passover.

Note graphic/photograph.  "Happy Passover" from DZ Sokol blog. Seder meal by Mike Davis from Oregon Live/Deena Prichep, 3/2011.

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"He ascends into heaven"
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Prayers for the world, you, and me
Good Friday
"Good Friday is a Christian religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of  Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday,[1] or Easter Friday, though the last term properly refers to the Friday in Easter week. .... The etymology of the term "good" in the context of Good Friday is contested. Some sources claim it is from the senses pious, holy of the word "good", while others contend that it is a corruption of "God Friday".[11] The Oxford English Dictionary supports the first etymology, giving "of a day or season observed as holy by the church" as an archaic sense of good (good, adj. 8c), and providing examples of good tide meaning "Christmas" or "Shrove Tuesday", and Good Wednesday meaning the Wednesday in Holy Week." Wikipedia/Good Friday.

Note photograph of woman praying from  Asia News/Sri Lanka. Graphic by Doug Savage from Savage Chickens/Cartoons on Sticky Notes. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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