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Festivals Coursework:Lent, Holy Week and Easter

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Festivals Coursework: Lent, Holy Week and Easter Lent Christians like to make use of the week leading up to Holy Week and Easter so that they can spend that time thinking about Jesus in the desert and how he had to face the many temptations that got in his way. They use this example to think about and prepare themselves so that they can grow in to more loyal and unselfish people by both prayer and self-discipline. Christians use Lent to go into 'training'. The idea of lent is to become more alert and spiritually alive and to deepen prayer life. Christians use the example of Jesus in the desert to try and identify what things in their lives aren't quite right because this would allow them to be able to give up bad attitudes and habits and start a-fresh. Christians traditionally like to think of Lent as the season to give up something for example a certain type of food like chocolate. Lent has been known to be linked with fasting but this usually means a little more than giving up certain foods. Fasting can be very good for your health, but this usually depends on your normal diet plan. In the West, it has been typical for Christians to give up meat during Lent but the tradition for Orthodox churches has been to give up meat or fish completely and also milk, butter, cheese, eggs and all fat. So during the whole of Lent, the standard food was to eat mainly bread and olives or other fruits. In many languages, the name for Lent means fasting, eating less or giving up thus the name for it so. But the name for Lent is actually non-Christian and it means that the days are getting 'lengthening'. During the period of lent, Christians like to be reminded of the time that Jesus went into the desert to prepare himself for his ministry in Judaea and Galilee. ...read more.


After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" Jesus replied, "You do not realise now what I am doing but later you will understand." "No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me." "Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!" Jesus answered," A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you." For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not everyone was clean. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord', and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. In the days when people mostly travelled by foot, their feet got both extremely dirty and tired. Strangely, it was a sign of welcome if you were able to take off your sandals and rest your feet and better still if a slave washed them for you in warm water. This is the significance that is believed of why Jesus did that one the evening. ...read more.


"Who is going to roll away the stone for us from the door of the grave?" they asked one another; it was very large. But when they looked up, they saw the stone had been rolled back. As they went into the grave, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting at the right. And they were amazed. "Don't be amazed," he told them. "You're looking for Jesus from Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen. He is not here. See the place where He was laid. But go and tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see Him, as He told you.'" (Mark 16:2-7) After talking with [the disciples], the Lord was taken up to heaven and sat down at the right of God. They went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed the Word by the wonderful proofs that went with it. (Mark 16:19-20) Celebrating Easter: Easter Saturday The Roman Catholics, Orthodox and many other Anglican churches keep an Easter Vigil on the evening of Easter Saturday. This is a service of prayer in preparation or expectation of a greater service the following day. The congregation gathers outside the church where a bonfire is burning and the Paschal Candle is brought out. The candle has a large cross on it and the Greek letters, alpha and omega. The priest will then place five grains of incense on it, in memory of the five wounds Jesus received on the cross when nails were hammered into both his wrists and his feet and a spear was pierced through his side. The Paschal candle is then lit and the priest leads a procession into the church, holding the candle up high, and saying, 'Christ our Light'. The people will then answer in return, 'Thanks be to God!' they then each carry a candle which would be lit from the Paschal candle and hold them during the Eucharist. Easter Sunday ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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