Monday, April 18, 2011

Candy and Easter

Some thoughts on Candy, the Catholic Faith and Easter
Today is Holy Thursday in the Catholic Church and many other Christian Traditions. Today we remember Christ in the Last Supper, His betrayal by Judas, and His arrest. We will have special masses in all the Catholic churches today. Most diocese will have a mass of chrism where all of the oils are blessed for the coming year, and then this evening we will have the Supper of the Lord. All of this is very, very scriptural.

Tomorrow we will commemorate the Lord's Passion and Death on the Cross with Good Friday. We will have the Blessing of the Food on Holy Saturday and then the Great Vigil mass that evening with masses of celebration on Easter Sunday. Again all of this is very scriptural.

Candy goes to great lengths to try to portray the Catholic church as a counterfeit or false Christian church but she has yet to make any comment at all about these holy days on her blog. I find that curious.

Interestingly, she will also make a big deal about celebrating Resurrection Sunday this weekend instead of Easter Sunday. Apparently it's all about whatever type of dinner they have that day and reading the scriptures. And that will be it. Easter, much like Christmas, in the Candy household, is a one day thing instead of a Season as it is for many other Christians.

What puzzles me however is why Candy will choose this particular Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. After all, she refuses to call it "Easter" because she says that isn't scriptural and because she thinks the term smacks of Paganism. However, the date for choosing Easter (which is a movable Feast) also has Pagan and Catholic roots!

Pagans after all had celebrations in association with the Spring equinox! The Council of Nicaea decreed that Easter should be celebrated the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon. It is always between March 22 and April 25. But if Candy doesn't hold to any of that, how come that's when she celebrates Easter... er Resurrection Sunday?

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