The really busy time of the year has flown by and suddenly we are in the new sunlit uplands of the time between Easter and Pentecost!
This Sunday coming ( 5th May ) we have some more exciting stuff happening. A folk Communion at St Mary’s and a Cafe Church at St Peter’s – two very different ways to worship and meet with God both happening at 10:30 so sadly you cant go to both, for the traditionalists there is a our Monthly Evensong at St Mary’s in the evening at 6:30.
I was wondering over Easter why it is that the English word for Resurrection Sunday is unlike nearly all other European languages. For some reason we use the name of a the Saxon spring goddess (Eostre) where are everyone else uses a word like Pasg (welsh) or Pasque (french), which in turn echo the Hebrew for Passover (pesach). I think its a shame in some ways, but in another it speaks of the universal appeal of the festival, Saxon names remain in English for the real things – eg sheep and cow – Norman french gives us the words for Mutton and Beef, the posh expensive things. So perhaps using Easter means that this is for all of us and that the hope and joy of Jesus rising from the dead as the firstborn promise for us all speaks to all humanity.