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Friday, March 29, 2013
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Every Easter, the full moon shines bright in the early Spring skies. The Church designed it that way. In some ways the “Paschal Moon” custom for setting the date of Easter relates to the lunar cycles that determined the Passover celebration for early Judaism; in some ways it helped ancient pilgrims going to holy sites for Holy Week by making their journeys a bit safer; and in some ways there is spiritual significance, e.g. Christ’s resurrection reflecting the turning of winter into spring and the light of God shining in the darkness.

That all may well be. For now, though, I’ll just take the Zen view and simply enjoy the bright moon shining through the clouds on a cool but no longer freezing night.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 1:44 pm      
 
 


  1. Jim, Somehow I’d not like to dismiss the Christian significance(s)–the connection to the Jews (I have always liked that very much), the thought that the moon aided the journeys of the ancient pilgrims, and the significance of the resurrection. I have always liked the Christian liturgy; it’s beautiful.

    But then too, I agree, let us not forget the Zen approach of enjoying the bright moon on a less cold night, which “less cold” nights are supposed to be soon gone again where I am. (At least it’s “less cold” here in the Midwest.)

    So, much to enjoy this Easter. Many blessings to you and yours. MCS

    Comment by MCS — March 29, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

  2. Jim, And a very lovely picture once again. MCS

    Comment by MCS — March 29, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

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