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The Easter Bunny And Its Eggs: Where Did They Originate From?

When Easter comes around, no animal becomes more popular than the bunny. We see it in chocolate form, as stuffed animals, on greeting cards, and various Easter themed items. The bunny has no doubt become a symbol for the Christian holiday, and has also become the “Santa Claus” of Easter, as the pointy-eared friend is said to bring chocolate and toys to children. But where did the bunny originate from? Let’s take a quick look.

teutonic goddess of spring and fertility

Hares and bunnies are said to have appeared in motif art in medieval times, with it being believed that the hare was a hermaphrodite since it was thought to have been capable of reproducing without loss of virginity. This thus led the hare to be associated with the Virgin Mary and appearing in manuscripts and forms of art. It is also stated that the hare was associated with the Teutonic deity Eostra, who was the goddess of spring and fertility. Continue reading

The Holy Three: Confirmation Day, Baptism, and Christening

baptismConfirmations, Christenings, and baptisms are all very crucial happenings to Christians. Confirmation and baptism are rites of admission and acknowledgment of bestowment of the Holy Spirit. For infants, their baptism is sometimes referred to as Christening.

In Confirmation, a bishop or pastor bestows the Holy Spirit onto an individual through anointing (smearing of perfumed oil or a similar substance), laying of the hands, and prayer – all three actions allow symbolic and formal introduction of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

Bet You Didn’t Know: St. Patrick’s Day Facts & Ways to Celebrate

We may have come to associate March 17th as a day in which people remember to wear green to avoid being pinched or a day where people celebrate with green beer at the end of the day, but did you know there’s more to this holiday than just shamrocks and alcohol?

Stpatrickhimself To start, St. Patrick himself wasn’t even Irish – he was British. That’s a shocker! Legend also says that wearing green stemmed from 18th century Irish people wearing shamrocks on March 17th because St. Patrick, who worked as a Catholic missionary, used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity between the Father, Spirit, and Son. Continue reading

The “Ordinary” Superheroes: Doctors

We’ve seen the bat, stripes, and ridiculously tight spandex outfits that these guys wear, yet we’ve become accustomed to calling these guys superheroes. Sometimes it makes one wonder if there are any superheroes amongst us everyday people – oh wait, there are. They don’t wear any silly capes or have any heroic taglines, but they do don a white coat and usually greet people with a, “How are you feeling today?” They’re called doctors.

Have you ever had a near-death experience or emergency, only to find yourself racing to the emergency room? Or have you ever been hit with that nasty flu days before your vacation, desperately wanting it to go away? Continue reading

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