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★ WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A “CHRISTIAN” ?★WHO DOES CHRIST CALL A “CHRISTIAN”?

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★ WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A “CHRISTIAN” ?
★WHO DOES CHRIST CALL A “CHRISTIAN”?

* Is a Christian someone who believes in the existence of Christ?

* And if so, what is it that the Christian believes about Christ?…that he was the Messiah?

* Does it also mean you have to follow the traditions of the church in order to truly be a Christian?

* If so, then which organised religious denomination do you follow? Which one is the “true” church that Jesus is the Messiah of? They are all so different in their traditions, there are so many divisions of the church???

* Catholic? Orthodox? Protestant? Evangelic? Lutheran? Mormon Latter-Day Saints? Baptist?  Methodist? Presbyterian? Pentecostal? Episcopalian? Anglican? Jehovah’s Witness? Seventh-Day Adventist? Quaker? Dutch Reform?   …..which?

* Well 90% of the time we automatically follow the church we were born into, without questioning, we follow that which our parents were

* And what if you do not follow any particular religious institution?

* What if you consider yourself spiritual – Believing, but indepentantly of church dogma i.e. not religious, believing in a universal Christ.  What then, are you then not a Christian?

★ SO, WHO WOULD CHRIST CALL A  “CHRISTIAN”?

* Would it be the person who belongs to a particular church and follows the traditions of that particular Christian church?
*And off course, I go back to – if so, then which church ?

* Afterall wasn’t Jesus a radical who rebelled against the political & religious establishments of His time, and was crucified for it?

* What of the other children of God? All of us are children of God, so God tells us, so what about the Jew? the Muslim? the Hindu? the Buddhist? the Sikh?, to name a few, and even the Athiest? What about them?

* Or would The “True follower” be the one who lives their life by following the VALUES of Jesus Christ regardless of their religion?

* Since the values of all religions are PEACE AND LOVE
what then truly makes us a Child of God made in the image of God?

* If a person truly upholds the religious beliefs, traditions, dogma of their religious institution, be it Catholism or  Greek Orthodox or Judiasm or Islam or Buddhism or any of the zillion religious organisations – if this devout follower
hurts another may it be physicalsly, mentally or emotionally, is that person the “True Christian”?

* OR is it the person whose values are of one….

~ who offers help to another when it is needed?
~ who speaks their truth without malice or condemnation?
~ who has pure intention and does not demeen another?
~ who gives support to another when they need it?
~ who does not judge another because of their beliefs, skin colour, sexual orientation, financial status?
~ who does not hold grudges and wishes the best for those who hurt them?
~ who believes in the brotherhood of man?
~ who sees another as an extension of self?
~ who forgives?
~ who bdlieves in peace?
~ who Loves unconditionally?
~ who does their best to follow the values of Jesus Christ, of Moses, of Allah, of Buddah, of the creator, of God?
(which when religious dogma is removed, at their core, they are all actually the same)

★SO, WHO IS THE “CHRISTIAN”???

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Jewish Passover ~ Exodus 12

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( , , )( , , ) {Jewish Passover ~ Exodus 12} 
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“Passover has a message for the conscience and the heart of all mankind. For what does it commemorate? It commemorates the deliverance of a people from degrading slavery, from most foul and cruel tyranny. And so, it is Israel’s, nay, God’s protest against unrighteousness, whether individual or national.
Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being”.
{Morris Joseph}

~ Chag Sameach, blessed Pesach ~

PASSOVER
Begins sunset of  Monday, April 14, 2014
Ends nightfall of  Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Passover commemorate the liberation from slavery and the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. These events are said to have taken place some 3000 years ago.

★Seder Plate – Passover Platter★
During the seder, a Seder Plate is a main part of the dinner.  Most seder plates have six dishes for the six symbols of the Passover seder. These are:

~Zeroa
Roasted shank bone of poultry called a “Zeroa” (Which means Arm in Hebrew). The Zeroa represents God’s mighty arm when he freed the jews from slavery in Egypt. The Zeroa is also symbolic of the Paschal lamb offered as the Passover sacrifice in the Jerusalem Temple.

~Baytzah
Hard-boiled egg called a “Beitzah” which represents the Second offerings given at the temple in Jerusalem on Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot.

~Karpas (vegetable)
There is a green, leafy vegetable (celery/parsley/lettuce) called “Karpas” which reminds the participants that Passover corresponds with Spring and the harvest. Karpas is dipped in salt water to represent tears.

~Charoset
The Charoset is a sweet, dark-colored, lumpy paste made of chopped apples, nuts, wine and spices, which represents the mortar with which the Israelites bonded bricks when they were enslaved in Ancient Egypt. The word Charoset comes from the Hebrew word cheres which means clay.

~Maror
The word Maror comes from the Hebrew word Mar, which means bitter. The Seder Plate usually contains two places for Maror (bitter herbs) which represent the bitterness of slavery. The two places are called Maror and Chazeret.

~Chazeret
The real Chazeret is made of grated fresh horseradish. The Chazeret is eaten between two Matzot to follow the practice of Hillel, from the time when the Temple stood.

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Greek Orthodox Easter (Pascha)

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Considered the most important holiday on the Greek calendar, the celebration of Orthodox Easter (Pascha, Greek: Πάσχα) is unique in almost every corner of Greece. Special traditions mark not only the mourning of Christ’s Crucifixion and the celebration of Resurrection, but also the passage from winter to spring.

The word “Pascha” derives from the Jewish “Pasah” which means “Passover”. Jewish people celebrated “Pasah” to commemorate their liberation from the Egyptians and the passage of the Red sea.While in the ancient Greek years, Easter time coincided with the month of Anthesterion (the flowering month), a celebration of spring and the rebirth of vegetation.

The uniqueness in celebrating Easter the traditional Greek way lies more in the week leading up to the event (Holy Week) rather than the actual religious holiday.

Orthodox Easter is based on the Julian calendar, and the Catholic Easter on the Gregorian calender so the dates vary.

★ Clean Monday (Kathari Dheftera)
This is the beginning of Lent (Saracosti). Religious tradition requires abstinence and self-discipline in this period.

★Lent (Saracosti)
Begins 40 days before Palm Sunday. The devout follow a diet of vegetables, bread, wheat products, legumes, shellfish and fruit. All animal products are prohibited.

★Palm Sunday
The last week of Lent, or Holy Week, begins with Palm Sunday. Commemorating Christ’s return to Jerusalem, it is the most significant aspect of Easter. Greeks attend a special church service where everyone receives a cross made of palms.

★Holy Week (Megali Evdomatha)
Evening church services focus on specific themes:

☆Holy Monday ~ charity
☆Holy Tuesday) ~ forgiveness and repentance 
☆Holy Wednesday ~compassion and mercy .

☆Holy Thursday ~ a special morning church service commemorates the Last Supper and Holy Communion may be taken before the service. The evening church service commemorates Christ’s final hours before the Crucifixion.

Easter bread (tsoureki) and Red Easter eggs are traditionally dyed on Holy Thursday. The red is for the red cloak the Roman soldiers put on Jesus Christ, as King of the Jews, and the blood He shed.  Also the egg is a symbol of life. From the tomb life came out, the Risen Lord.

☆Good Friday (Megali Paraskevi)
Is the most solemn day of the year and is a time of strict mourning and fasting.  In the evening Epitaphios Service (The Lamentations) a flower-decorated funeral bier holding the Epitaphios (an icon of Christ’s burial embroidered on cloth) is venerated. Worshippers kiss the bier and hold their crosses up to it.

☆Holy Saturday
Holy Communion is taken before the morning service. Holy Saturday is spent preparing meals to be shared after midnight mass. Many people also deliver gifts to their godchildren – clothing, or the traditional items of a long white candle and dyed eggs.

The midnight service (the Anastasi or resurrection service) is the climax of the Orthodox year. At the evening service, a few minutes before midnight all lights are switched off, the priest appears at the altar holding a lit candle, and he invites everyone to receive the light to glorify Christ, who has risen from the dead.

The light is passes among the congregation to light their candle until the entire church is aglow. Then the priest reads about the Resurrection from the Gospel and the Christos Anesti is sung. As they leave the church people greet each other saying Christos Anesti (Christ has risen) and reply Alithos Anesti (He has truly risen). This greeting is used for up to 40 days after Easter.

People return home, keeping their candles alight. Traditionally, families use the Anastasi candle to make a cross of smoke over the front door and to light the kandili in front of the family icon. The Anastasi meal follows with the cracking of the dyed eggs and traditional Easter foods, including Easter bread (tsoureki) and mayeritsa or lamb soup.

☆Easter Sunday (Pascha or Lambri)
Is a day of feasting. Lamb is typically cooked on a spit and a variety of other Greek dishes are eaten.

“tsougrisma”
The game played with Red Eggs at Greek Easteris called “tsougrisma” meaning “clinking together” or “clashing.”  It involves two players and red eggs.
Each player holds a red egg, and one taps the end of their egg lightly against the end of the other player’s egg. The goal is to crack the opponent’s egg. When one end is cracked, the winner uses the same end of their egg to try to crack the other end of the opponent’s egg.
The player who successfully cracks the eggs of the other players is declared the winner and, it is said, will have good luck during the year.

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