Archive for April 5th, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Easter 2009 (04/05)

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Easter

April 05 : Palm Sunday
07 days till Easter

Did you know that thousands of Christian pilgrims converge on Jerusalem every year to celebrate the Holy Week of Easter?

On Palm Sunday, pilgrims march through the Holy City, waving palm branches and retracing the steps of Jesus as he made his triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. Then, five days later, pilgrims walk solemnly along the fourteen Stations of the Cross, reenacting Jesus’ procession toward his crucifixion.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, the Crocuses and the Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs!

So join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Easter on April 12th!

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(April 05) Today we're observing . . .  Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 5th, 2009


Palm Sunday (Christian)
As Jesus made his entry into Jerusalem, the crowds lined his path with palm fronds. In churches today, observances include the blessing and distribution of Palm leaves to their congregants.

Today is also the beginning of Holy Week, the countdown to Christ’s crucifixion and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Note: This years extra palm leaves will be used for the ashes on Ash Wednesday 2010.

 
Easter on the Net: Palm Sunday

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Did You Know? Countdown to Passover 2009 (04/05)

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore about the Jewish Holiday of Passover

April 05 : 03 days till 1st night Passover

Did you know that at the Passover seder, the Hagaddah, or story of the Jewish exodus, must be read?

The reading, which is interrupted in the middle for a festive repast, can take several hours. Some families are up reading the Hagaddah well past midnight.

Spring has arrived and with it comes the eight-day Jewish holiday of freedom. It’s time to clean out your chametz, open up a box of matzah and set up for your seder. So join our Passover festivities to learn all about this pinnacle holiday in the Jewish calendar.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the first night of Passover on April 08th (begins at sundown)! So stop by again tomorrow.

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