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Feature Article

Traditions of Easter

Celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the joyous occasion of Easter is rich in customs and age-old traditions. Christians all over the world will celebrate the reason that they are Christians, and the fulfillment of God's promise to save them from the sin that came in through Adam. The means was Jesus Christ, whom God sent to live on earth as man, die a criminal's death in atonement for that sin, and rise again, to release mankind from eternal bondage.

Around the world, the onset of Spring is reason enough for people to get up to high jinks. Spring signifies the rebirth-a time when a bright and fresh world awakens, brimming with new life, bringing cheer to every face and a spring in every step.

Since the Resurrection of Jesus happened around the same time, you'll find that the traditions associated with Easter celebrations are remnants of earlier pagan spring festivals. In fact, the very name 'Easter' is said to be derived from the names of the ancient pagan goddesses of spring and fertility, whose festivals were celebrated with the coming of Spring. Traditions associated with these festivals survive in the Easter Rabbit or Easter Bunny, the colored Easter eggs and the Easter bonfires. But the Easter traditions start with Lent with the rest following:

The Lenten Season: 'Lent' is the 46-day period prior to Easter Sunday. It begins with 'Ash Wednesday', which is a day of fasting and prayer and repentance continued throughout the period of Lent.

Fat Tuesday: The somewhat austere observances of Lent led to the creation of 'Fat Tuesday' (Shrove Tuesday), the day before Ash Wednesday. It is on this day, that Carnivals are taken out to make the best of all kinds of celebrations before Lent begins. The most famous one is the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. 'Fat' in Fat Tuesday refers to the ox that traditionally led the procession on Shrove Tuesday in France.

Holy Week: This is the week immediately preceding Easter Sunday and observances and rituals of this week lead to the culmination of Lent in the celebration of Easter Sunday.

It begins with 'Palm Sunday' and commemorates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with crowds placing palms at his feet. Palms are blessed and distributed during church services on Palm Sunday.

This is followed by 'Holy Thursday' which commemorates the Passover meal that Jesus shared with his disciples and where he revealed that he would be betrayed to the Romans who would put him to death. This meal is usually referred to as the 'Last Supper'.

Holy Thursday is followed by 'Good Friday' when Christians commemorate the suffering, crucifixion and death of Jesus. Good Friday is sometimes commemorated by taking out a procession that re-enacts the 14 steps or stations of Jesus' journey from his condemnation to the laying of his body in the tomb.

Passion Plays: In many countries, the dramatization of the story of Jesus' suffering and death dominate Holy Week activities and is a popular tradition of almost all parishes.

Easter Sunday: The Sunday that follows Good Friday brings Christians out in the joyous celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. This is Easter. They commemorate this with church services and feasting, and once more churches will ring out 'Alleluia' !


News ...


Onassis foundation completes restoration of historic Greek cathedral in Egypt

A Greek Orthodox cathedral that has been the center of the Greek community of Alexandria, Egypt, for 150 years will reopen its doors on April 2 after major restoration works, the foundation created by legendary Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis said on Wednesday.
Consecrated in 1856, the Church of the Annunciation in 2002 underwent a two-year restoration process that cost $600,000, Alexander S. Onassis foundation chairman Anthony Papadimitriou told a press conference.

"This church is the seat of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and Africa," Papadimitriou said. "During the Second World War, the Greek army and government conducted their religious services here."
The foundation, which regularly makes bequests to scientists, artists and writers, funded a complete overhaul of the basilica to remedy damage incurred by successive earthquakes, Papadimitriou said.
Home to a once-flourishing Greek community, Alexandria occupies a prominent position in Greek culture and tradition.
Originally founded by Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC, the city was the home of renowned Greek poet Constantine Kavafis, who lived in Alexandria between 1863 and 1933.
Greece and Egypt also have close historical ties thanks to the latter's millions of Coptic Orthodox Christians. In addition, Egypt gave shelter to the Greek government during part of the Second World War, after Greece was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1941.
Around 2,500 people of Greek descent currently reside in Egypt, including about 1,000 in Alexandria, said Papadimitriou, whose father also hailed from the city.
The Church of Annunciation will resume religious services following a ceremony attended by Greek President Karolos Papoulias, Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I and Patriarch of Alexandria and Africa Theodore II.








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Body & Soul

What is depression

The word 'depression' is used to describe everyday feelings of low mood which can affect us all from time to time. Feeling sad or fed up is a normal reaction to experiences that are upsetting, stressful or difficult; those feelings will usually pass.

If you are affected by depression, you are not 'just' sad or upset. You have an illness which means that intense feeling of persistent sadness, helplessness and hopelessness are accompanied by physical effects such as sleeplessness, a loss of energy, or physical aches and pains.

Sometimes people may not realise how depressed they are, especially if they have been feeling the same for a long time, if they have been trying to cope with their depression by keeping themselves busy, or if their depressive symptoms are more physical than emotional.

Here is a list of the most common symptoms of depression. As a general rule, if you have experienced four or more of these symptoms, for most of the day nearly every day, for over two weeks, then you should seek help.

* Tiredness and loss of energy
* Persistent sadness
* Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem
* Difficulty concentrating
* Not being able to enjoy things that are usually pleasurable or interesting
* Undue feelings of guilt or worthlessness
* Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
* Sleeping problems - difficulties in getting off to sleep or waking up much earlier than usual
* Avoiding other people, sometimes even your close friends
* Finding it hard to function at work/college/school
* Loss of appetite
* Loss of sex drive and/ or sexual problems
* Physical aches and pains
* Thinking about suicide and death
* Self-harm







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Parents & Kids

Fluffy Easter Chick

Fluffy chicks are great for Easter basket gifts, placed at each setting for Easter brunch or dinner, or scattered among colored eggs and pretty flowers as a centerpiece. Think of what a nice surprise they would be for a small child to discover on an Easter egg hunt!


  • 2" White Styrofoam egg shape
  • Two orange chenille stems
  • Two 12mm wiggle eyes
  • 10-12 yellow feathers
  • Craft glue
  • 8"-10" length of 1/8" wide ribbon
  • Scissor
If desired, instead of yellow feathers, create your chicks with other bright colored feathers; and don't forget they can be smaller or larger than the size we have made here.

  1. To form legs, cut one chenille stem in half. Bend each piece in half. Bend each end up to form a "u" shape. Glue loose end of each leg into bottom of large end of egg.
  2. For beak, bend 1/4 of second chenille stem to form two loops, the bottom slightly larger than the top. Leave enough chenille stem at end to insert into Styrofoam shape. Glue into place.
  3. For tail, bend 1/4 of chenille stem into two loops and insert at back of egg shape. This will help the chick to sit up.
  4. Glue two eyes in place.
  5. Glue yellow feathers around back side of egg with the "stem" pointing upward. Gently bend the stem of the feather to form to the shape of the egg.
  6. For wings, tail, and topknot, place glue on end of feather and stick into Styrofoam shape so it sticks out. If needed, add extra feathers.
  7. Create small bow out of ribbon and glue to topknot.






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  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) package Neufchatel cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine grated carrots, flour, white sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in eggs, oil, 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, pineapple and 3/4 cup chopped pecans. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  4. To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, Neufchatel cheese, 1/2 cup butter or margarine and 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla. Beat until


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