Easter Day: Symbolic items for Easter

Church would most probably be one of the visting sites during the Easter long weekend. These are some of the commonly seen items used for a traditional Easter mass.

Easter Bells: In France and Italy, Easter Bells are rung throughout the year except on the Thursday before Good Friday. This is a way to remember the death of Jesus, which will then be rung on Easter Sunday as a form of representing the re-birth of Jesus.

Easter Lily:  It represents the spiritual essence of Easter – purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life, often called the “white-robed apostles of hope”. Tradition has it that the beautiful white lilies sprung up where drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of sorrow and deep distress. Churches continue this tradition at Easter time by banking their altars and surrounding their crosses with masses of Easter Lilies, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope of life everlasting.

Pussy Willows for Easter: In England and Russia, people would tap each other on the shoulders with a branch of the pussy willow for good luck.

Candles: Candles are lit during the Easter celebrations, especially the vigil and midnight services before Easter Sunday. Many churches kindle candles on their altars on Good Friday, to show that Jesus’s light has gone out. In Roman Catholic churches, the special Paschal Candle is lit on Easter Sunday, next to the main altar.

Palm Branches: These are used as a symbol of peace. In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves (often tied into crosses) to the assembled worshipers. The difficulty of procuring palms for that day’s ceremonies in unfavorable climates for palms led to the substitution of yew, willow or other native trees. The Sunday was often designated by the names of these trees, as Yew Sunday or by the general term Branch Sunday

Bread: Traditionally, there are two kinds of Easter Breads to remember Jesus sacrifice. One contained two points, and an egg covered with a cross. The second bread was designed to have no overall shape, but was baked to encircle an egg, with the initials “BP” put on it. The initials BP stand for Buona Pasqua or Happy Easter.

Wine: Red wine is drank to remember Jesus shedding his blood for humans during Easter. It also symbolizes the commitment to life needs to be completed and up to the brim. When an individual has this total commitment and help others (the drawing out), the ordinary water miraculously becomes wine.

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