Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter

Easter -

The Easter festival is kept in many different ways among Western Christians. The traditional, liturgical observation of Easter, as practised among Roman Catholics, Lutherans, and some Anglicans begins on the night of Holy Saturday with the Easter Vigil. This, the most important liturgy of the year, begins in total darkness with the blessing of the Easter fire, the lighting of the large Paschal candle (symbolic of the Risen Christ) and the chanting of the Exultet or Easter Proclamation attributed to Saint Ambrose of Milan.

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Virgen de Gádor, Berja, Almería, Andalucía, Spain

Virgen de Gádor, Berja, Almería, Andalucía, Spain , 1588 - First Sunday before Easter, September 8

In the fall of 1588, two hermits came to Berja from far away. Dominic of St. John and John of St. Mary gathered alms in town and with them founded a sanctuary on some church ruins in the depopulated site of Pixnela, at the foot of the Gádor range. A...

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Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines , 15th cent. - April 21

In the 1600s, not long after many natives converted to Catholicism, word spread that a Pangasinan man coming home from his farm had seen the Virgin. As night fell, the man saw a light on a hill; drawing nearer, he saw the radiant form of a mother hol...

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Virgen del Sol, Adamuz, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain

Virgen del Sol, Adamuz, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain , 1630 - Third Sunday of April

Some time before 1630, when the Bishop approved the rules of the Confraternity of the Virgin of the Sun, a shepherd found her statue in a holm oak tree on a ranch around five miles from Adamuz. A chapel was built at the site to house the image, which...

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