Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

Coptic pope proposes one Easter date for all Christian churches Comments 0

Friday, May 16th, 2014

In a letter to Pope Francis, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Tawadros II has proposed making one date for Easter celebrations for all Christian Churches. Differences in Easter dates are based on differences between the Julian calendar, which eastern churches follow, and the Gregorian calendar of western churches. Finding one Easter date for Read more

The Aussies’ Easter bunny is small with a long nose Comments 0

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Australians may be among the largest consumers of Easter eggs in the world, with Cadbury Australia alone producing more than 270 million Easter eggs each year, which equates to about 12 eggs a person, but the Easter bunny is falling out of favour. But in recent years the Bilby has been put forward as a replacement Read more

Easter laws outdated Comments 0

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

New Zealand is now a secular, pluralist country with citizens who hold all kinds of views. Many people worship Jesus Christ, and practise restraint at Easter time as part of their beliefs. Many more do not. Christianity still has a powerful place in the culture – it underpins our ethics and our judicial system, much of Read more

‘Let him Easter in us’ Comments 0

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

We have reached our celebration of Easter, the centre of the Church’s liturgical year and the source of Christian life and faith. Yet Easter often appears as the poor relation of Christmas. Whether you believe or not, there is something about Christmas that manages to touch everyone. But without Easter there would be no Christmas. Read more

At Easter Pope Francis prays for suffering people around world Comments 0

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Pope 2014 Easter Urbi et Orbi resized

In his traditional Easter message, Pope Francis has prayed for people suffering from war, violence, abandonment and disease around the world. An estimated 150,000 people were gathered on Easter Sunday in St Peter’s Square. The Pope delivered his traditional blessing and address Urbi et Orbi, “to the city and to the world” from the balcony Read more

Video from Hui Aranga in Upper Hutt Comments 0

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The  Hui Aranga, the annual Maori Catholic gathering, took place in in Upper Hutt near Wellington this year. The Hui Aranga celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and involves kapa haka and sports competitions as well as a religious procession. The chairperson of a Palmerston North Maori Catholic club, Rawiri Tinirau, says many non-religious Read more

30 Auckland Christian leaders publish joint Easter message Comments 0

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Thirty Christian leaders in Auckland New Zealand have published a joint Easter message. The message reminds people that the resurrection is not just a Bible story from long ago. “It is a present reality and the Gospel of peace has been an intrinsic part of Aotearoa since the message was first preached here 200 years Read more

Parents behaving badly at Good Friday Easter egg scramble Comments 0

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The Equippers church, the organisers of a public Easter egg drop, have apologised after children were injured during the event – by parents desperate to get their share of the chocolate treats. The Egg Day Out was held across three locations in Auckland on Good Friday. It was organised by the Equippers church and sponsored Read more

Labour, Greens and Unions support Easter trading ban Comments 0

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

This Easter the Greens and Labour parties and a 11,00 strong union  have called for businesses to respect Easter trading laws. FIRST Union  retail secretary Maxine Gay said retailers who opened on Good Friday were being “greedy”, with little regard for workers’ and families’ need. “Retail workers have among the fewest rights in the country Read more

Rejoice, Jerusalem! Comments 0

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
brian flanagan

The fourth Sunday in Lent, Laetare Sunday, is my favourite Sunday in Lent, and not just because of the pink vestments that insecure clergy sometimes attempt to convince you are “rose.” So many of the rich images, words, and themes that will recur at the Easter Vigil are hinted in the day’s readings and prayers — the Read more