Greetings, folks – I am hoping my Internet connection continues long enough to reprise the following post from three years ago. I want to thank dear KenoshaMarge for keeping the blog going while we continue to deal with an unexpected problem as a result of our move. Never did I think that in this day and age we would be struggling so to have internet, cable, phone, and cell phone service, but almost 1 1/2 months later, we are still without all of the above. Whew. At least the booster is doing its job for the moment so I can get this post up for the Weekend Open Thread, celebrating Holy Saturday and Easter.
I am adding a couple more Easter hymns at the end of the post I am reprising because it is such a glorious event, and time of year. I invite you to do the same, if you wish.
Happy Easter to you all!
Sunday is the most important day for Christians worldwide – the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The entire religion hinges on this one day. Without the Resurrection, there would be no celebration. Of course, this day was preceded by great sadness as reflected on Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified. Jesus was betrayed, crucified, and had a spear thrust into his side, yet Christians believe that three days later, the stone to the tomb was rolled away, and Jesus appeared in his resurrected form to Mary Magdalene first (Mark 16:9-11). That he chose to appear to a woman first, at that time, in that culture, is significant, I think. I will spare you an entire exegesis on this, but to say that it seems appropriate given the previous recent discussions of women and girls here. In any event, this is a big, big day for Christians.
Recently, my partner had the following video via a friend on Facebook. It seems to be incredibly appropriate for this day, the near death, and restoration to wholeness of this incredible creature. But it doesn’t end there. Oh, no – watch to the end:
The sheer joy, the joie de vivre, of this magnificent mammal, hurling herself up into the air over and over and over again, a difficult feat to be carried out repeatedly, the thankfulness, the sheer excitement of it, literally brings tears to my eyes. It seems most appropriate to me on this day.
And so, as Christians around the world rejoice with the refrain, “Hallelujah! The Lord is risen! The Lord is risen indeed, Hallelujah!”, I would be remiss in not including a classic piece to mark this day:
To those of you who celebrate Easter, a very happy Easter to you. I hope it is one filled with joy, celebration, and music.
And for those of you who may not celebrate Easter, I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!
Happy Easter, Happy Sunday, Happy Day! This is an Open Thread.
As promised, here are a few more Easter songs to celebrate this day:
And this one:
I know I had this one up recently, but it is just too perfect not to repeat. Hey, this is a reprisal post, after all, so what better time to reprise this fantastic version of “Oh Happy Day” by Reba McEntire:
Happy Easter, all! This is the Weekend Open Thread.
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