April 12, 2006 at 12:02 am #1204
Easter Egg(Mary Magdalene)
I was researching the easter egg and i found on wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Magdalene ) this article. I was wondering if it is correct. Easter Egg tradition For centuries, it has been the custom of many Christians to share dyed and painted eggs, particularly on Easter Sunday. The eggs represent new life, and Christ bursting forth from the tomb. Among Eastern Orthodox this sharing is accompanied by the proclamation “Christ is risen!”.
One tradition concerning Mary Magdalene says that following the death and resurrection of Jesus, she used her position to gain an invitation to a banquet given by Emperor Tiberius Caesar. When she met him, she held a plain egg in her hand and exclaimed “Christ is risen!” Caesar laughed, and said that Christ rising from the dead was as likely as the egg in her hand turning red while she held it. Before he finished speaking, the egg in her hand turned a bright red, and she continued proclaiming the Gospel to the entire imperial house.
There is also a supposed tradition that the remnants of Christ’s heart remain inside an egg-like vessel, and that this vessel is the basis for “the Sacred Heart” motif in Catholicism. In some legends the Sacred Heart exists as a guarded sacred object or a metaphysical essence, passed from hand to hand, with Mary Magdalene being listed among noteworthy caretakers.
The part I was wondering if it was correct was mainly the part about mary and the egg(it turning red infront of Ceaser. If the article is not correct i would appreciate it if you could explane why we have the easter bunny and easter eggs on easter.April 12, 2006 at 5:50 am #5989
It is likely not true.
Easter eggs come from pagan spring rituals in Eastern Europe among the Slavs (as well as other sources, I imagine; however, being Polish I know about the Slavic origin). Just as the article states, the egg was a sign of new life in the springtime.
When the Slavs converted to Christianity, the symbol of the egg was adapated to Christian theology. It now represented the new life we have in Christ and the empty shells after the hatching of chicks was seen as a sign of Christ’s empty tomb.
And that is why there are easter eggs (they are dyed to make them pretty).
The easter bunny has a similar origin. The goddess of spring was accompanied by a hare, a symbol of fertility. There was no theological significance to the hare come the advent of Christianity but it remained an easter tradition because little kids love bunnies.
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