Sunday, April 5, 2009

Palm Sunday and the "Hunt"

I was really looking forward to Palm Sunday this year. It had more meaning. I recently read my friend, Carol's blog about the palms. It seems she cuts them from her own yard for the choir and clergy---every year! I had never realized her act of generosity and love. And, these are not your ordinary Palm Sunday branches. The one I had was at least 3 1/2 feet long. What fun to wave something that big for Jesus!

The service this year also took a turn. Typically, the music this Sunday is full of Hosannas and "happy parade"hymns. But our service was shaped to reflect what happened in the crowd over the course of the week and to prepare for Holy Week. After the sermon, the music turned toward a more somber attitude. Very effective.

Afterward, we raced to get the boys and stopped by the car to pick up the baskets, just in time for the 2 minutes "hunt" on the field. Cavett enjoyed it, but Kendrick was more interested in kicking the eggs watching them roll or justs pulling them apart and then throwing them down. We have also made a decision on the Easter Bunny. He doesn't exist and we have told Cavett so, but he doesn't want to believe us. I just can't get into the Easter Bunny. I mean, at least with Santa Claus there is historical significance and he did help and give to the poor, needy children. But, the Easter Bunny is really just silly--Eggs? I just don't get it. Anyway, it's amazing how indoctrinated they can become at such a young age. We'll still give them small treats in their baskets, but it will be from Mom and Dad. We'll still hunt and hide eggs. I just want to focus more on the real reason for Easter.

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven!" Luke 20:38


Falcone Family said...

I am right there with you!
EAster is such a sacred holiday. No room for an Easter Bunny!

Candace Chaney said...

I forgot to comment. I loved this post.

And yes, the Easter bunny comes from a pagan goddess who's symbol was a rabbit. Also the actual word Easter is pagan in and of itself. I think the Catholic Church picked it up to coincide with a Pagan spring festival in an attempt to be relevant, but I find that kind of lame. It should totally be Resurrection Day or at least Holy Pasca (which is what the Orthodox church calls it in reference to Passover).

Don't get me started... ;)

El Comodoro said...

Wow - you put the kibosh on the Bunny, huh?! The other poster is correct, the rabbit has roots in ancient fertility rituals.

The egg was originally pagan, too, but the early Christians picked it up as a symbol for the resurrection.

How they got joined together is beyond me. Makes me think of the commercials with the llama wearing bunny ears...

Still KILLING me that you guys are blowing town. It was me, I just know it.

davis family said...

With you on the bunny stuff. Growing up, I always knew the bunny was make believe and that my family really hid the eggs - we still loved hunting them. Walker seems to know the truth already, he saw a bunny in our neighborhood the other day and asked if it was the Easter bunny. I said no, and he replied - "of course not, and anyway rabbits don't lay eggs momma" Smart boy!