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Remembering Easter

Remember the days of little children dressing up like the disciples while vacant crosses and nativity scenes could be seen all around the city for Christmas and Easter? Remember when people knew more about scriptures than they did about egg hunts, pastel colors, and department store sales? Seems those days are dwindling away with the addition of state laws that prohibit nativity scenes and libraries that ban advertising of Easter plays for fear of upsetting other religious groups.

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, recognized in many states as a holiday. Yet, it’s becoming more and more difficult to share information on why the holiday exists. It seems people can take the day off, but they can’t talk about what the day means. Christians are often confined to church walls and shiny steeples in order to share the gospel message of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Pastors and church members are grateful when infrequent members appear on Easter Sunday especially when city councils won’t allow them to perform a re-enactment on the city green. Current religious freedom at least allows this, more than so many other countries.

This Easter is rare, because it is on April 4th for both the Western and Eastern churches. Western Christianity has split into an array of cultures and traditions while Eastern (Orthodox) Christianity has church communions developed by traditions in Easter Europe. However the traditions and cultures stand, there are always plenty of Easter plays to attend in celebration of new life like these:

Crossroad Community Cathedral ~ Hartford, CT
“Passion of the King” performance
3/30 at 7:00 pm
3/31 at 7:00 pm
4/1 at 7:00 pm
4/2 at 6:00 pm

Temple Emmanuel Apostolic Church ~ Bridgeport, CT
“The Un-passionate Christ...What If?”
4/2 at 6:00 pm

Victory Tabernacle ~ Middlefield, CT
“Many Rooms”
4/2 at 7:00 pm
4/3 at 7:00 pm
4/4 at 10:45 am

Bible Way Church ~ Meriden, CT
“Chains”
4/4 at 1:00 pm

And many more…

 

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