Easter

Easter

Did you know … Easter celebrates Jesus’ resurrection (rising from the dead) on Sunday morning after dying on a cross. Christians love this day because it reminds us that Jesus died to save us from our sins. The stone is rolled away Mary Magdalene and two other women went to Jesus’ tomb after sunrise on Sunday morning to anoint His body. They didn’t know how they were going to roll the heavy stone away from his tomb. To their surprise, the stone was rolled away. Jesus’ body was missing, but an angel told them Jesus had risen and to tell the disciples. Mary Magdalene is the first to talk to Jesus Mary ran to tell the disciples. Peter and John searched the empty tomb and then went home. Mary was very upset and started to cry. Then Jesus...

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Good Friday

Good Friday

Did you know …   Most schools close for Good Friday, which comes the same weekend as Easter Sunday for a great reason. Good Friday is the day Jesus, God’s Son, died on a cross. He rose from the dead three days later on Easter Sunday. Lord’s Supper Jesus ate his last supper Thursday evening. All twelve of the disciples ate this special meal with Him, including Peter, James, and John. Judas Iscariot was also there but left early to betray Jesus.   Garden of Gethsemane Jesus took Peter, James, and John to pray at the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas betrayed Jesus there and soldiers arrested Him. Pilate does not think Jesus is guilty After the chief priests and elders decided Jesus deserved to die for claiming to be God’s Son, they took...

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St. Patrick was not Irish

St. Patrick was not Irish

Did you know … In 387 AD, Maewyn Succat, who later became known as St. Patrick, was born to Roman parents in Kilpatrick, Scotland. Ireland was called Hibernia in those days. Kidnapped Raiders from Hibernia kidnapped Maewyn when he turned sixteen. Miliuc bought him as a slave to tend his sheep. For six years, Maewyn lived a difficult life as a shepherd. He learned to speak Gaelic, the Irish language. He prayed to God many times. Sometimes he prayed all night. He became a strong Christian. Maewyn escapes One day a voice told him that he would soon return home. He walked 200 miles to the sea and boarded a ship. Eventually he went to France and became a priest. After he became a bishop, the pope gave him a new name, Patricius, Latin for Patrick. Go back to...

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Historic Meaning of Flowers

Historic Meaning of Flowers

Did you know …   Flowers used to contain symbolic meanings. For example, when a man sent a yellow tulip to a lady, she knew it meant he was hopelessly in love with her. Certain flowers had different meanings A secret admirer might send yellow chrysanthemums. Forget-me-nots were a reminder to always remember the one sending them. Pink carnations were a symbol of a mother’s undying love. Different colors of the same flower could mean different things. Red roses were for love while pink roses meant friendship or appreciation. Gardenias, yellow roses, and yellow carnations brought thoughts of joy or cheerfulness. Specific colors have meaning Even the color of flowers took on a specific meaning. A bouquet of purple flowers might celebrate success. Blue...

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Mother of the American Valentine

Did you know … In 1848, Esther Howland’s family owned a large book and stationery story in Worcester, Massachusetts. She asked her father to order lace paper and other supplies. She used paper flowers with the lace paper and colored paper to create beautiful designs for valentines. Her brother, a salesman, took a dozen sample valentines on his next sales trip. People loved the designs It shocked Esther when he returned with advance orders over $5,000. She recruited help from her friends to fill the orders in a kind of all-girl assembly line. Esther designed the cards. One lady cut pictures while another created the background. Someone else added more decorations. More cards ordered More orders came. Esther hired more assistants to help fill them. It...

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Did you know …   Groundhog Day falls on February 2nd, the same day as Candlemas Day, a Christian holiday also called “Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.” Candlemas After Jesus was born, Mary waited forty days to present Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem, the time required by the Law of Moses in Leviticus 12. To remember Jesus’ presentation, for centuries Christians attended services where candles were lit and blessed on February 2nd. As this day is about halfway between the beginning of winter and the beginning of spring, folks began to search for signs of spring on this day. Germans watched for a badger to cast a shadow. If it did, there would be six more weeks of winter. Old English saying: If Candlemas be fair and...

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