Let’s not forget the true meaning of Easter

This Is Wiltshire: Rev Canon John Cunningham is promoting the true meaning of Easter at Holy Rood Catholic Church Rev Canon John Cunningham is promoting the true meaning of Easter at Holy Rood Catholic Church

FOR some Easter is a time to enjoy an extended break and feast on chocolate but for others it holds far greater significance.

Easter is viewed by Christians as the foundation of their religion. It is commemorated as the time of Jesus Christ’s crucifiction on Good Friday and subsequent resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Rev Canon John Cunningham, from Holy Rood Catholic Church, believes this shouldn’t be forgotten.

He said: “Easter is the most important festival in the Christian church. Like Christmas, both events do tend to get a little removed from people’s actual beliefs.

“If you’re not a Christian the commercialisation of Easter doesn’t matter but if you’re a Christian it ignores the reason it actually exists.”

The church, in Groundwell Road, will be holding services at 8am, 9.30am, 11am and 5pm on Sunday.

Yesterday, the Bible Society, based in Stonehill Green, released results of a survey of British children that shows one in three children don’t know why Good Friday is celebrated.

In response, the group has launched a free app, called Bible Bedtimes, which includes a reworking of the Easter story, and other tales from the bible, by children’s author Martin Coleman, based in Wootton Bassett, as part of its Pass It On campaign.

James Catford, Bible Society group chief executive, said: “The lack of knowledge about Easter should cause us all concern. We want every child to have the opportunity to encounter the greatest story ever told.”

Swindon’s branch of chocolate shop Thorntons, in The Parade, has sold dozens and dozens of Easter eggs this week and manager Howard Chitty believes there is nothing wrong with enjoying a sweet treat this weekend.

He said: “The shop has been manic this week. I think the good school holiday weather has brought people out to the shops.

“I think the fact that we can do personal messages on our eggs makes us a good destination to buy Easter eggs.

“Personally, I’m nuts about chocolate and love Easter for that reason and that it brings families closer together.”

Christ Church Community Centre, in Cricklade Street, is running a children’s hot cross baking class between noon and 3pm today. Visitors to the church’s burial ground will also be given hot cross buns between 10am and 1pm tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Easter Sunday services will take place at the church at 10am and 6.30pm.

Rev Canon Simon Stevenette, based at the church, said: “Easter is a very poignant time – both sad and joyful.

“I think there’s a lot of love that comes through Easter and I’m proud of the way it connects Swindon. I’d like to wish everyone a happy Easter.”

It’s about a lot more than chocolate

 

  • Michelle Betteron, 33, works in procurement, of Coate: I’m a Catholic so Easter means more than just chocolate. The commercialisation of Easter isn’t a problem as everybody has the right to choose what they believe
     
  • David Fisher, 32, unemployed, of east Swindon: Easter is that time of year to chill out over the long Bank Holiday weekend and enjoy a little chocolate. It is like a cheaper version of Christmas
     
  • Louise Oakwell, 50, shop assistant, of Cricklade: I’ve worked in Thorntons for 17 years and I love being part of the Easter buzz. We dress up and have lots of fun. I love having a bit of chocolate too
     
  • Francesca Nightingale, 18, student, of West Swindon: I don’t celebrate Easter as I’m not religious. It is just another day and I’ll be going to bingo rather than having Easter eggs
     
  • John Dunn, 47, preacher, of Moredon: Easter means eternal life to me through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I get angry with the commercialisation of Easter and I believe in passover rather than Easter as it is about eternal life

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11:05am Fri 18 Apr 14

Terence says...

A false prophet (as they all are) may have been executed in a time of superstition and ignorance. That is the message of Easter. There was no resurrection and Christianity is ridiculous, as are Islam, Judaism, and all the rest of them.

Religion is on the retreat and that's a good thing, don't let these maniacs spread their infantile nonsense!
A false prophet (as they all are) may have been executed in a time of superstition and ignorance. That is the message of Easter. There was no resurrection and Christianity is ridiculous, as are Islam, Judaism, and all the rest of them. Religion is on the retreat and that's a good thing, don't let these maniacs spread their infantile nonsense! Terence
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11:51am Fri 18 Apr 14

King Doink says...

What an ignorant c**** you are!! That's my opinion. You WILL be in the fires of hell. I suppose at least you read the article which means there is a little bit of hope in you!!!
What an ignorant c**** you are!! That's my opinion. You WILL be in the fires of hell. I suppose at least you read the article which means there is a little bit of hope in you!!! King Doink
  • Score: -8

1:53pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Hmmmf says...

King Doink wrote:
What an ignorant c**** you are!! That's my opinion. You WILL be in the fires of hell. I suppose at least you read the article which means there is a little bit of hope in you!!!
So much for 'love thy neighbour', the 'mote of dust', 'turn the other cheek' and the peace of god.
[quote][p][bold]King Doink[/bold] wrote: What an ignorant c**** you are!! That's my opinion. You WILL be in the fires of hell. I suppose at least you read the article which means there is a little bit of hope in you!!![/p][/quote]So much for 'love thy neighbour', the 'mote of dust', 'turn the other cheek' and the peace of god. Hmmmf
  • Score: 12

4:54pm Fri 18 Apr 14

adsinibiza says...

King Doink wrote:
What an ignorant c**** you are!! That's my opinion. You WILL be in the fires of hell. I suppose at least you read the article which means there is a little bit of hope in you!!!
so much for tolerance - this is one of several reasons that I find religion objectionable. Just because someone does not believe in the same God as you does not make them any less of a person or justify any form of criticism against them.

People of religion need to learn to keep their religious beliefs to themselves and not try to force it onto the rest of us
[quote][p][bold]King Doink[/bold] wrote: What an ignorant c**** you are!! That's my opinion. You WILL be in the fires of hell. I suppose at least you read the article which means there is a little bit of hope in you!!![/p][/quote]so much for tolerance - this is one of several reasons that I find religion objectionable. Just because someone does not believe in the same God as you does not make them any less of a person or justify any form of criticism against them. People of religion need to learn to keep their religious beliefs to themselves and not try to force it onto the rest of us adsinibiza
  • Score: 6

5:43pm Fri 18 Apr 14

King Doink says...

adsinibiza wrote:
King Doink wrote:
What an ignorant c**** you are!! That's my opinion. You WILL be in the fires of hell. I suppose at least you read the article which means there is a little bit of hope in you!!!
so much for tolerance - this is one of several reasons that I find religion objectionable. Just because someone does not believe in the same God as you does not make them any less of a person or justify any form of criticism against them.

People of religion need to learn to keep their religious beliefs to themselves and not try to force it onto the rest of us
I see!! So it's ok for you lot to mouth off then, I was having my opinion just like Terence was, even if I didn't agree with it!! Chill
[quote][p][bold]adsinibiza[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King Doink[/bold] wrote: What an ignorant c**** you are!! That's my opinion. You WILL be in the fires of hell. I suppose at least you read the article which means there is a little bit of hope in you!!![/p][/quote]so much for tolerance - this is one of several reasons that I find religion objectionable. Just because someone does not believe in the same God as you does not make them any less of a person or justify any form of criticism against them. People of religion need to learn to keep their religious beliefs to themselves and not try to force it onto the rest of us[/p][/quote]I see!! So it's ok for you lot to mouth off then, I was having my opinion just like Terence was, even if I didn't agree with it!! Chill King Doink
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12:22pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Terence says...

King Doink wrote:
What an ignorant c**** you are!! That's my opinion. You WILL be in the fires of hell. I suppose at least you read the article which means there is a little bit of hope in you!!!
Keep digging!

I'm tempted to conjure up some voodoo magic that would shrink your brain to half the size of that of a normal adult, but we both know that voodoo is nonsense... and in your particular case unnecessary because nature appears to have done a satisfactory job of limiting your intellect all by itself.

Happy holidays!
[quote][p][bold]King Doink[/bold] wrote: What an ignorant c**** you are!! That's my opinion. You WILL be in the fires of hell. I suppose at least you read the article which means there is a little bit of hope in you!!![/p][/quote]Keep digging! I'm tempted to conjure up some voodoo magic that would shrink your brain to half the size of that of a normal adult, but we both know that voodoo is nonsense... and in your particular case unnecessary because nature appears to have done a satisfactory job of limiting your intellect all by itself. Happy holidays! Terence
  • Score: 6

8:50am Sun 20 Apr 14

semitonic says...

King Doink wrote:
What an ignorant c**** you are!! That's my opinion. You WILL be in the fires of hell. I suppose at least you read the article which means there is a little bit of hope in you!!!
KD, where exactly ARE the "fires of hell", or 'heaven' for that matter?

Everyone knows that Jesus died so we could have two days off at Easter, that's the true meaning, he's the king of DIY!
[quote][p][bold]King Doink[/bold] wrote: What an ignorant c**** you are!! That's my opinion. You WILL be in the fires of hell. I suppose at least you read the article which means there is a little bit of hope in you!!![/p][/quote]KD, where exactly ARE the "fires of hell", or 'heaven' for that matter? Everyone knows that Jesus died so we could have two days off at Easter, that's the true meaning, he's the king of DIY! semitonic
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1:00pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Chrisg46 says...

It occurs to me that the rabid atheists are as bad as the fundamental religious types with trying to force their viewpoint down everyone elses throats.
I cant say i have an opinion either way other than what you worship is your own personal business. You should be free to believe or dis-believe as you choose.
It occurs to me that the rabid atheists are as bad as the fundamental religious types with trying to force their viewpoint down everyone elses throats. I cant say i have an opinion either way other than what you worship is your own personal business. You should be free to believe or dis-believe as you choose. Chrisg46
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8:08pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Terence says...

Chrisg46 wrote:
It occurs to me that the rabid atheists are as bad as the fundamental religious types with trying to force their viewpoint down everyone elses throats.
I cant say i have an opinion either way other than what you worship is your own personal business. You should be free to believe or dis-believe as you choose.
Oh Chrisg46, don't be so naive. If religion were purely a private matter we wouldn't be having this discussion, the fact is that religion will not stay out of public space and that is why this article is in our local newspaper. They are even advertising a bakery session for kids (give me the child and I'll give you the man, or something like that). As for worship being a matter of 'personal business', I wonder if you would hold to this laudable position if the subject were devil worship? Possibly not.

As for the freedom to believe or disbelieve, if only it were that simple! Can you think of any non-religious club that says that ending your membership will result in an afterlife of eternal agony? Even the small print of gym membership contracts doesn't go that far. Psychological blackmail is what it is, pure and simple.

I know religious people don't like hearing atheists questioning their beliefs, explaining that the emporer has no clothes, but don't worry, the very same second that religious people stop forcing their nonsense 'down everyone else's throats' you will have also heard the last words from an atheist viewpoint, because it cease to exist.
[quote][p][bold]Chrisg46[/bold] wrote: It occurs to me that the rabid atheists are as bad as the fundamental religious types with trying to force their viewpoint down everyone elses throats. I cant say i have an opinion either way other than what you worship is your own personal business. You should be free to believe or dis-believe as you choose.[/p][/quote]Oh Chrisg46, don't be so naive. If religion were purely a private matter we wouldn't be having this discussion, the fact is that religion will not stay out of public space and that is why this article is in our local newspaper. They are even advertising a bakery session for kids (give me the child and I'll give you the man, or something like that). As for worship being a matter of 'personal business', I wonder if you would hold to this laudable position if the subject were devil worship? Possibly not. As for the freedom to believe or disbelieve, if only it were that simple! Can you think of any non-religious club that says that ending your membership will result in an afterlife of eternal agony? Even the small print of gym membership contracts doesn't go that far. Psychological blackmail is what it is, pure and simple. I know religious people don't like hearing atheists questioning their beliefs, explaining that the emporer has no clothes, but don't worry, the very same second that religious people stop forcing their nonsense 'down everyone else's throats' you will have also heard the last words from an atheist viewpoint, because it cease to exist. Terence
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10:04pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Chrisg46 says...

its not naivete at all, read what i said - it SHOULD be. As someone who genuinely does not care one way or another, i just get fed up with facebook posts questioning religious belief, or similar on news stories related to religion. Atheism is rammed far further down my throat than Christianity or Islam or whatever is.
If someone chooses to believe in the afterlife, good for them. If they choose to believe in hell & damnation, thats their choice. If they want to worship the Devil, fair enough. Its only psychological blackmail if you let it be.
As long as what they believe does not hurt another being in any way, its all cool with me. If everyone just let everyone else get on with it and respected others views, the world would be a better place.
its not naivete at all, read what i said - it SHOULD be. As someone who genuinely does not care one way or another, i just get fed up with facebook posts questioning religious belief, or similar on news stories related to religion. Atheism is rammed far further down my throat than Christianity or Islam or whatever is. If someone chooses to believe in the afterlife, good for them. If they choose to believe in hell & damnation, thats their choice. If they want to worship the Devil, fair enough. Its only psychological blackmail if you let it be. As long as what they believe does not hurt another being in any way, its all cool with me. If everyone just let everyone else get on with it and respected others views, the world would be a better place. Chrisg46
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