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“There is now widespread consensus that the word derives from the Christian designation of Easter week as in albis, a Latin phrase that was understood as the plural of alba (“dawn”) and became eostarum in Old High German, the precursor of the modern German and English term. The Latin and Greek Pascha (“Passover”) provides the root for Pâques, the French word for Easter.”
The biblical promise of new life corresponds beautifully with the Northern Hemisphere’s awakening from winter into spring. Sunrise church services evoke the transition from darkness and death to God’s brilliant light.
It’s different south of the Equator, however, where 10% to 12% of the world’s population dwells. They just had their own autumnal equinox in late March, with their vernal equinox ahead in September. Bear Camping God Is Great Beer Is Good And People Are Crazy Shirt, hoodie, tank top
But the weather is immaterial. As with Jews observing Passover and the High Holy Days around the world, Christians celebrate Easter in Buenos Aires, Capetown, Sydney and Auckland on the same day as their brothers and sisters in the faith in New York, Paris, Rome and Mexico City. Following the Western Gregorian Calendar, the Eastern Orthodox observe it later, this year on May 2. But it’s still all about Jesus as the Passover Lamb.
Easter proclaims that Jesus is Lord of all. And Who is He?
A stunning answer can be found in a tour de force entitled “That’s My King,” by the late Rev. Shadrach Meshach Lockridge, who pastored from 1953 to 1993 a large Black church in San Diego. He once did a six-and-a-half-minute description. You can find several edited versions of his powerful address online.
The whole thing is well worth a listen, but here’s a snippet:
“He’s enduringly strong. He’s entirely sincere. He’s eternally steadfast. He’s immortally graceful. He’s imperially powerful. He’s impartially merciful. That’s my King!