Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

Holy water shortage. Easter congregations swell

Thursday, April 21st, 2022
Easter congregations swell

“We’re back,” was the reaction of one parish priest to the swelling congregations at Easter services. The priest with four churches in the parish told CathNews that all the main services at prime times were full. “I always knew people would come back”, he said in an uplifted tone. “I nearly had to erect a Read more

Passover, exile and the vitality of Jewish myths

Monday, April 11th, 2022

To be raised among the ancient biblical myths was to live in a world that melded the material, spiritual, and imaginative. Rich with poetic metaphor, these stories have stimulated the imaginations and moral consciousness of the Jewish people for thousands of years. In traditional Jewish culture, myth once served many functions. The rituals commemorating the Read more

In search of the immortal soul in a modern world

Monday, April 12th, 2021
immortal soul

Immortality has become the great question mark. The answer used to be provided at Easter, with the Christian climax in death by crucifixion, followed by resurrection. The Jesus story wrestled with death not being merely death. Today, however, the sacred meaning of Easter is little more than a dusty relic. For the secular modern age, Read more

Pope visits deserted Rome, and prays

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Pope Francis visited a deserted Rome on Sunday to pray at two shrines for the end of COVID-19. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was his first stop. Then he walked along one of Rome’s usually busy main streets to visit St. Marcello church. There he prayed before a crucifix used in a procession when Read more

Glistening Taranaki greeted Māori gathered at Hui Aranga

Monday, April 29th, 2019
hui aranga

About 1,800 people gathered at the TSB Hub in Hawera for the Hui Aranga over Easter. ‘Hui Aranga’ means ‘Gathering around the Rising of Jesus’. It is the Māori Catholic celebration of the Easter message. The Hui Aranga began at Ōtaki at Pukekaraka in 1946. This year the hosts were Taranaki, Ngā Pekanga (Waitara) and Read more

Seriously Surprising Story “a lovely little book”

Thursday, March 7th, 2019
Seriously Surprising Story

The Seriously Surprising Story draws children into the biblical story of Easter as they walk in the footsteps of Jesus’ followers on the road to Emmaus. Acclaimed New Zealand Children’s author Joy Cowley described it as “a lovely little book”. “It’s warm, it’s happy, it’s the Good News! “The positive message with the rhythmic text Read more

Chris is risen. Really?

Monday, April 16th, 2018

A church in the UK ordered some signs ahead of Easter, presumably meant to read ‘Christ is risen’. But they almost got a different message – ‘Chris is risen’. The pastor at the Baptist Church is actually called Chris. Curate Ned Lunn said Chris did indeed have to get up for a sunrise service at Read more

Another mountain-top Easter Cross disappears

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

A cross the combined churches of Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore have been putting up Takarunga/Mt Victoria since 1992 was this year destroyed. They usually take the cross up the hill at 10 am on Good Friday, tie it into place, say prayers and sing hymns, and leave it there until 3 pm when some Read more

US seminarian who carried cross at Pope’s Easter Mass dies

Monday, April 9th, 2018

The seminarian who carried the cross at Pope Francis’s Easter Mass died unexpectedly the following day. Legionary of Christ Brother Anthony Freeman of Houston was 29. Read more Related Posts:Rome diocese bans traditional Latin Mass for Easter TriduumThey’re butchering the innocent in UkrainePope Francis kisses battered Ukraine flag from BuchaPope brushes off ‘hurricane’ of resignation Read more

700 gather in Ohakune for 72nd Hui Aranga

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
hui aranga

About 700 people gathered In Ohakune for this year’s Hui Aranga. Three-quarters of them were youth. The Hui Aranga, or Maori Easter Gathering, is a Maori Catholic celebration of Holy Week and Easter. Groups come to it from all over the North Island. This year they included Clubs from Tauranga (Tauranga Moana), Wairoa (Tawhiti a Read more