Saturday, April 15, 2006

From Conversi ad Dominum

Happy Easter!

Slavic Easter customs
The blessed basket with the babka and candle, the pascha cheese and the red egg, as shown by Fr Thomas and Shelly Janikowski of Zion Episcopal Church in Illinois

The Polish custom (święconka) is for the priest to come round to your house and bless the basket, the Russian to gather at the church to do it.

At right is a pysanka (писанка, Ukrainian for ‘little written thing’), one of the famous Slavic decorated eggs.

Some English church bells
An example of the art of change-ringing

Eastern churches
Why is Orthodox Easter a week later this year?
This year the Jewish Passover ends the 20th April

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