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Mass Gathering Report Sample
The Mass Gathering application that you presented to the Town of Cumberland meets our
requirements. In addition you must provide a certificate of Insurance naming Cumberland Farmers
Club additional insured. The $3000 dollar fee was approved with the following: You will be
required to forward a check for 50% or $1500 dollars 60 days prior to the event. The remainder
$1500 will be due on May 18, 2017 payable to Cumberland Farmers Club. This fee holds the days
for your event and ensures security you have the facility for your event as described in the Mass
gathering application this fee is not refundable. You will be responsible to clean up and have the
trash removed by Monday May 21, 2018. During the meeting you agreed that you would be willing
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If you open the gates at 8 a.m. no one can enter with a motorized vehicle or drive through guests,
children or participants. We discussed use of electrical lights and cords other than food vendors. The
parking attendents know where the handicap parking is located on the grounds. The parking across
Blanchard Road will not be allowed unless Police/or Parking attendents are directing traffic.
(includes times when people are entering and departing.) This must be enforced by you. The item in
the Mass Gathering regarding use of Alcohol must be strictly enforced you stated no and the
Farmers Club says no alcohol. No alterations to pens, removal of participations with out permision .
This final issues was not discussed but an administrative fee of $250 dollars, cost of table set up.
(This is a two man job)trash cans, set up and removal. Overseeing and providing you with help if
issues arise during the event. Individual will be available by cell phone. Any accident or individual
requiring rescue must be documented and reported to Cumberland Farmers Club as soon as
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Ready Player One Themes
In the novel, "Ready Player One", the author Ernest Cline describes a world that is filled with
technology. Everywhere you look, it is technology due to the fact that it is virtual reality. This game
has taken over people's lives to the point where their life is now the game, and the line between
virtual and reality is gone. The game has brought joy to people's live, for instance, the main
protagonist of the story Wade Watts. However, the game has become so fundamental to how society
functions, that without the game, it would collapse. This type of conflict is the main theme for the
novel and the author uses the description of settings, the characterization of certain characters, and
the conflict both between different characters, and in themselves, in order to explore the theme of
humanities dependence on technology and how it affects them. Throughout the story, Wade Watts
gives vivid descriptions of the locations that he is at. It is the conflicting syntax used in them that
show his true views about the different worlds. When he describes his non–virtual reality, he uses
terms that make it seem mundane, unlikable and hostile. He describes his home as the "top unit of a
stack twenty–two mobile homes high" (20) and uses "recycled pipes, girders, support beams, and
footbridges" (21). He goes on to describe the surrounding area as "a crumbling highway pass" (22)
and has a "grim skyline" (22). These descriptions are in completely opposite of how the protagonist
describes the
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Church Visit Response Essay
Church Visit Response Essay I grew up going to Catholic Church my whole life. I have completed
all my sacraments and attended 11 years of catechism. I am very comfortable in a Catholic Church
and feel very at ease with the atmosphere and rituals performed in a Catholic church. The only time
I have ever stepped foot in a church that was not Catholic has only been for a wake or a wedding. So
when it comes to experiencing different kinds of cultural and religious practices, I am very naïve.
Catholic mass is very quiet and serene. We sing the same hymns and keep the decibels very low.
Mass always follows the same pattern and it is very structured. Although I feel connected to the
Catholic Church, I have stopped attending on a regular basis as I have gotten older. I feel that I have
stopped attending because I would often leave church not feeling fulfilled. I have a friend who has
been inviting to her church for a few years. I took this essay as an opportunity to finally attend. I
visited Celebration Church on Easter Sunday 2016. Given that it was a special Christian holiday, the
church was incredibly crowded. They had numerous children activities taking place in the parking
lot. The church volunteers that helped me find a parking and greeted me as I walked through the
door were extremely friendly. I am not trying to sound cynical, but they were almost too friendly.
This was the first thing I noticed that set this church apart from what I have previously experienced.
In fact
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The Importance Of Tradition In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
Following Tradition
When one thinks of the word tradition, the thought that often comes to mind is a positive one, such
as the thought of Christmas dinner at grandma's house or church on Easter Sunday. Most of these
traditions we follow blindly, meaning that it is just something we do even if we do not remember
why. According to the Merriam–Webster Dictionary, a tradition is "an inherited, established, or
customary pattern of thought or action" (757). Since it is inherited, we do not really have a say in
receiving it or not. It is expected that we continue the tradition because that's what our ancestors
have done. While following a long line of tradition can be truly great, when the reason for the
tradition becomes blurred it can become harmful. In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," blindness can
be undesirable when following a tradition and can make that tradition dangerous.
My family has many traditions that we practice. As I mentioned before we go to Church on Easter
Sunday. Many little details make this tradition the tradition that it is. The whole family gets dressed
up in their very best and as a family we go to mass and praise Jesus. After mass, we stay dressed up
and meet our relatives at Café 422 for a giant Italian meal. Once we all are too stuffed to take in
anymore, we retreat to my aunt's house where we can finally get into comfortable clothing and hang
out in the living room usually playing some type of game or watching a movie. For me, I follow this
tradition
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Observation Report #4. The Easter Vigil: Holy Family Catholic
Observation Report #4
The Easter Vigil: Holy Family Catholic Church
The Easter Triduum takes place during Holy Week, which commemorates step by step the last
events in the life of Jesus. It is a very symbolic ritual because it reenacts His passion, death and
resurrection. The Easter Triduum, which lasts three days, includes the Easter Vigil, the most
important of all Christian celebrations. The celebration, which takes place on the night of Holy
Saturday, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Although this is a very long service, I
think that every year is a different and beautiful experience. I always attend the Holy Week services,
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The Paschal Candle reminds us of the resurrection of Christ, the light a symbol of life, Christ as the
light of the world that comes to illuminate our lives with his Resurrection. This was followed by the
procession, the congregation followed the priests and ministers, a deacon carried the Paschal
Candle. I would say that at this point, the catechumens had the most important role in the
celebration because they were about to be welcomed into the life of the Church.
Another important part of the celebration took place inside the temple, the Exultet or Easter
Proclamation was sung by a member of the choir. In the past, a priest or a deacon has sung the
Exultet, so this was new to me. The Exultet is a song of hope and triumph, because Christ has
overcome death. The Exultet is followed by the Liturgy of the Word, which consisted in readings
from the Old Testament, the epistle and the Gospel. The readings summarize the history of
Salvation. For example, the reading from Genesis described creation, the reading from the Exodus
the liberation of Egypt and the Gospel proclaimed the Resurrection of Christ. After each reading
psalms were sung. However, during this celebration there were only 4 readings. During the reading
of the Gospel, candles were relit to remind us the resurrection of Christ. The priest gave a very short
homily and continued with the Liturgy of Baptism, the
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La Befana, Carnevale, And Easter
Italy shares many holidays with many cultures around the world. Three of those holidays iare La
Befana, Carnevale, and Easter. They are among the most important to the Italian people and all tied
together. They each have roots in Christianity and Catholicism, but are considered public holidays.
La Befana, or Epiphany, always celebrated on January 6th. Considered the end of the Christmas
season. A woman carrying a broomstick marks La Befana. She originates from a legend about the
three wise men whom were searching for the baby Jesus. La Befana missed a chance to find the
baby with the wise man and went out on her own to search for him. As legend states, every child she
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Good Friday, "is the day that commemorates Jesus ' crucifixion, Saturday is spent in mourning with
no festivities or fancy food allowed, and Sunday is the day for the celebration of the resurrection.
Bells resound throughout Italy on Easter Sunday to mark the event. Easter Monday (Angel 's
Monday, or Pasquetta, Little Easter) is also an official holiday," (Life In Italy). Many cities have
parades in which statues of Jesus or Mary carried thru the streets. Knowing the meaning of and dates
for the country's holidays and how to properly host or partake in the festivals will only strengthen
the bonds that the military might have with the host nation.
Customs and courtesies are a big part of the Italian way of life, as is religion. When introduced you
should say "good day," followed by a shake of the hands (no more than one) if any, a simple grasp
will suffice. This is for both greetings and partings. It is wise to address others by introducing
yourself first and apologizing if you do not already know the person. Another courtesy that is
recommended is during siestas, or naps, you should not bother people from 1400–1600, which is
when they return to work. It is customary if you are to meet with some one that you are five or ten
minutes early, however they allow being a bit late for it is their time you are asking for. It is of great
importance for the military to understand these customs and courtesies in order to not offend
anyone.
Religious beliefs are
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Religious Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery Essay
Religious Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery
While 'The Lottery' is a fictitious story it can be argued that it mirrors the attitude of American
culture in how it addresses religious tradition in its major holidays and celebrations.
Two of the biggest holidays in the United States are Christmas and Easter. Both of which are derived
from Christian beliefs. Even though 'The Lottery' is apparently a pagan ritual, violent and horrific, it
is appropriate, only by the fact that the participants no longer remember, or seem to care, what the
original intent of the ritual or the significance of its traditions.
When we are introduced to the lottery, we see the traditions that are currently observed. These
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Only when we are introduced to Old Man Warner, the only man in the village old enough to
remember some of the traditions, do we get an idea of the purpose of the lottery. It seems to be a
pagan harvest ritual, as expressed by his old saying: ??Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon??
(Jackson 369). By participating in the lottery the villages crops will prove to be bountiful. He
justifies the use of the lottery simply by stating ?There?s always been a lottery? (Jackson 369).
Furthermore, Old Man Warner is horrified at the thought of ever stopping the lottery. When another
villager speaks of other towns that have done away with the lottery he says, ?Pack of crazy fools?
(Jackson 369),and ?Nothing but trouble in that? (Jackson 369)
Only two traditions survive from the original ritual: the drawing of lots by the head of the
households and subsequent drawing of the chosen family, and the use of stones for the dastardly
deed.
By using the heads of households in the initial round of the lottery, the blame could be passed off to
him. The eldest men, and only the men were supposed to draw from the first round as expressed by ?
Don?t you have a grown boy to do it for you, Janey?? (Jackson 368) and ?Glad to see your mother?s
got a man to do it.? (Jackson 368) were responsible for their families and the man who drew the
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Passover v. Easter Essay
Passover v. Easter
Today, millions of people celebrate Easter as an important religious holiday, while Passover is
almost universally ignored. Many people will be surprised to find that the day God commanded us
as believers to observe in the Bible is the Day being ignored. In this essay, I will compare this
observance (holiday) with the instructions about worship found in the Bible regarding His "Holy
Day" of Passover.
The word Easter is the English word for "Ishtar" it is found only once in the King James Version
Bible, (Acts 12:4) and there, it was mistranslated from the Greek work Pascha, which literally
means Passover. In 325AD through a ruling council of the Roman Catholic Church, Emperor
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(Deuteronomy 16:3)
"And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, this month shall be unto
you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the
congregation of Israel, saying, in the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a
lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house.... And ye shall keep it up until the
fourteenth day of the same month.... And they shall eat the flesh in the night.... And thus shall ye eat
it; with your loins girded, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S
PASSOVER". (Exodus 12: 1–11)
Apostle Paul admonished the Church of Corinth with these words," Christ our Passover has been
sacrificed for us" and then he urged Christians to "Keep the Feast" both metaphorically and literally.
(1 Corinthians 5: 7–8)
Passover was to be a calendar marker for Gods people. The Gospels make it quite clear that the
events at the end of the earthly ministry of Christ were not coincidentally related to the Feast of the
Lord but that they were by God's design a picture of events of the ministry of Christ Jesus.
At the Last Supper Jesus instituted a new way for his disciples to commemorate the "PASSOVER".
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples,
saying, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave
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Ready Player One By Ernest Cline
Technology and the economy of today is growing and getting more advanced than ever, yet the
world can go completely upside down in 29 years from today. In the book Ready Player One, Ernest
Cline states that the world is in the year 2045, the future is absolutely corrupt and everyone is living
in a dystopian world. Almost everyone uses OASIS, an online gaming program, and is ultimately
many people 's escape from their reality. The creator, James Halliday, sent out an alarming
announcement interrupting everyone's day addressing a mission about a hidden easter egg in the
game. If someone can find the easter egg , they will inherit Halliday's entire fortune. Wade Watts,
the main character, was set and determined to find the egg and made it his greatest goal when he
heard about the announcement. This goal Wade headed towards turned into a new life for him,
creating a new persona which led him to becoming whoever he wanted in the virtual world. Wade is
alone in the real world, however in OASIS Wade formed friendships. Wade knew if he got too close
with the others in the game it jeopardizes his chances of winning in the game.
Wade's sole purpose in OASIS was to find the easter egg and didn't intend on forming any
relationships on there. Wade was completely alone in the real world and resorted to a virtual reality.
During his journey in OASIS, he stumbled upon a few characters on there and felt a deep connection
with them and felt that he never wanted lose that bond. The character
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The Egg Drop Experiment
An egg is a fragile object that breaks when a small amount of force acts upon it, but many people
have tried to prevent it from breaking when it falls by building contraptions for it. The egg drop
experiment is generally used as an experiment to teach students about the concepts of physics. There
are many ways to prevent an egg from breaking when it falls. One example is to use a parachute to
slow down the descent of the egg. Another example is to wrap the egg in bubble wrap to cushion the
egg's landing. The technique you decide to use determines the results that you get. I have always
been interested in doing an egg drop experiment because it involves building and dropping things.
For my first MOS project, I decided to build different contraptions
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Good Friday and Lent
All About Lent
Q: What is Lent?
A:Historically, Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, it began on Ash
Wednesday and ended on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). In recent years, this has
been modified so that it now ends with evening Mass on Holy Thursday, to prepare the way for
Triduum.
Q: Why are Sundays excluded from the reckoning of the forty days?
A: Because Sunday is the day on which Christ arose, making it an inappropriate day to fast and
mourn our sins. On Sunday we must celebrate Christ's resurrection for our salvation. It is Friday on
which we commemorate his death for our sins. The Sundays of the year are days of celebration and
the Fridays of the year are days of penance.
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During the rest of the year Catholics in this country are permitted to use a different act of penance
on Friday in place of abstinence, though all Fridays are days of penance on which we are required to
do something expressing sorrow for our sins, just as Sundays are holy days on which we are
required to worship and celebrate God's great gift of salvation.
Q: Why are acts of repentance appropriate at this time of year?
A: Because it is the time leading up to the commemoration of Our Lord's death for our sins and the
commemoration of his resurrection for our salvation. It is thus especially appropriate to mourn the
sins for which he died. Human have an innate psychological need to mourn tragedies, and our sins
are tragedies of the greatest sort. Due to our fallen nature humans also have a need to have set times
in which to engage in behavior (which is why we have Sundays as a set time to rest and worship,
since we would otherwise be likely to forget to devote sufficient time to rest and worship), it is
appropriate to have set times of repentance. Lent is one of those set times.
Q: What are appropriate activities for ordinary days during Lent?
A: Giving up something we enjoy for Lent, doing of physical or spiritual acts of mercy for others,
prayer, fasting, abstinence, going to confession, and other acts expressing repentance in general.
Q: Is the custom of giving up something for Lent mandatory?
A: No. However, it is a salutary custom, and
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Analysis Of Ready Player One By Ernest Cline
Kayla Kaster
Downes
Eng 1302–1035
11/8/17
When taking any English class starting in high school, it is expected that the student will have to
read at least one novel. I was somewhat excited that Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was the
required novel for the class because it seemed interesting and I was already expecting a book to
read. The story takes place in 2044, in a post–apocalyptic world due to an energy crisis. The main
character, Wade Watts, escapes into the virtual reality created in the OASIS. When the game's
creator, James Halliday, dies, a contest to inherit his fortune comes about, prompting many users to
try and find the Easter egg that contains it. After years of the contest hype going down, Wade
becomes the first person to make any real progress, and the contest becomes relevant again.
Throughout the book, the varying plot points, character developments, and themes made the reading
process more interesting. In the first section known as Level One, Wade is shown to be obsessively
studying every aspect of James Halliday's life in order to win the Hunt, all while attending school.
When talking about his Advanced OASIS Studies class, it was mentioned that "I'd devoted all of my
free time to learning as much as I possibly could about James Halliday. I'd exhaustively studied his
life, accomplishments, and interests" (Cline 52). Due to his perseverance, Wade was able to be the
first to obtain a copy of the Copper Key. Once his score was posted on the scoreboard
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The Importance Of The Symbol System Of The Msm Liturgy On...
1.0 Introduction Ritual can be defined as a religious or solemn ceremony which is made up of a
sequence of actions performed in order to achieve a particular outcome. The purpose of this
ethnographic report is to examine the effectiveness of the symbol system of the MSM liturgy in
terms of the ritual purpose and the extent of the reflection on Christian stories and beliefs of the
Easter Triduum. This case study aims to analyse the level of engagement and understanding in the
community of the symbol system represented in the MSM liturgy in terms of the Easter Triduum by
surveying students and conducting an interview. The symbol system of the MSM liturgy on Holy
Thursday was highly effective in engaging the community in a reflection on the Easter Story when
the participants came with prior knowledge, as this offered a better understanding and insight to the
liturgy which made it easier to follow. The contemporary symbols were engaging and effectively
communicated the Easter Story to the whole community, whereas the traditional elements were
ineffective in engaging the majority of the members. 2.0 Method of Inquiry 2.1 Primary Data
Primary data was data collected and is evident throughout the report in the form of student surveys
(Refer to appendix 1), teacher interviews (Refer to appendix 2), Ms Terrey's address as well as
photos and the order of service which was gathered from the liturgy and booklet. All the primary
sources provided insider perspective into the liturgy
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My Grandmother
One summer morning, the aroma of breakfast sausages lured me into the cabin's kitchen, the place
of great food and even greater messes.
"Hey, Mary, turn around and stick out your tongue."
I stopped in my tracks as I watched my aunt, Maggie, grab her older sister's tongue with the cooking
tong. After a painful cry, Mary quickly swatted Maggie with a dish towel.
"Hey, you're the one that always says to grab life by the tongue!" Maggie retorted.
With a quick giggle, I ran to Mary's waist and gave her a squeeze.
"You saw that didn't you Gator? You see what she does to me?"
"She just loves you," I replied, "but not as much as me."
And with that, she embraced me or, rather, used me as a shield as the battle of sisterhood
commenced.
My aunt Mary, aside from my grandmother, was the best cook I knew. Not only that, she possessed
an incessant desire to feed everyone. Knowing that our family simply adored the delicacy of smoked
salmon from Lake Superior's North Shore, Mary ordered us the largest fillet possible and shipped it
to our home. Much of the excitement that accompanied every Easter Sunday morning was owed to
the deviled eggs that rarely found their way to the table. Mary's Rice Krispie bars never lasted more
than a sitting, and her Special Mary Kay bars followed suit. One evening I discovered a container of
coconut cookies on the counter. Upon contact, the thin, sugary crisp melted on my tongue.
Convinced that I would never taste anything like that again, I vowed
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The Importance Of Easter In Spain
People around the world have many cultures and holidays. Everyone celebrates their holidays with
traditions that appeal to them. With cultural difference added, diversity is created and is part of the
festivities throughout the world. Spain, for example, is just like any other country with its own
holidays, traditions, and activities. This Spanish–speaking country has those that contrast to the ones
here in the United States.
To begin with, Spain has a holiday called Semana Santa, or Holy Week, that lasts for a week. The
week before Easter, the regions of the Spanish–speaking country celebrate the resurrection of Jesus
with their own styles and customs. However, according to Miruna Corneanu, the author of the
article "Easter in Spain", "Semana Santa celebrations are nowhere else as elaborate and spectacular
as they are in Andalusia...." In this southern region of the country, the Catholic holiday is honored
by with religious fervor, extravagant processions, color, and art. Motley parades and complex
religious displays of biblical scenes take over the streets in Seville and Malaga. In the town of
Calanda, people celebrate Good Friday by playing drums for twenty–four hours. On the contrary,
Easter is a holiday those in the United States celebrate. While it may not last for an entire week but
only a day, Easter is not held on an official date, but instead on the first Sunday after the first Full
Moon has happened or after the March equinox. This holiday is honored by Christians,
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Analysis Of Ready Player One By Ernest Cline
In Ready Player One, Ernest Cline's style can be described as descriptive due to his use of being
able to help yous visualize the world, being able to make you feel the tension, and being able to
relate and understand characters. Being able to visualize the world is very important to a novel as
you can put yourself into the world and the situations that the characters go through. "The stacks
explanation" (20 Cline). This explanation of the stacks displays how Ernest Cline is able to guide
you to create a picture in your mind of how vast and horrible this world is. This description also
helps to backup the fact why everyone hides in the oasis instead of living outside in the real world. A
story that is able to captivate a reader and make them feel the tension in a stressful situation is
incredible and truly add to the emersion and power of a novel. "6ixers blow up the stacks"(145
Cline). This part of the novel makes you feel the suspense and terror going on through in Wades
head as he is unaware if Sorrento was bluffing or not. Then once the explosions go off he has a look
of terror on his face yet he is also kind of relieved that he was able to live and thankful that he was
in his hideout. The tension that you feel is very serious and takes your breath away as you along
with Wade are waiting for something to happen. Along with tension being able to relate to characters
. "I wish someone had just told me the truth right up front, as soon as I was old enough to
understand."(Cline 16). This sentence at the beginning of the novel shows a lot about Wade's
character. Wade doesn't like people sugar coating things for him he wants to always know exactly
what is going on just like most of society. Since the story follows Wade on his journey most of the
relatability comes from him such as his living situation and how he was spending so much time
working on finding the easter egg and finally finding the first gate after years of research. Yet we
can tell the personalities of other characters like Aech as a strong, funny and supportive friend.
Ernest Cline is very descriptive in the way how he tells the story of Wade Watts and the world of
Ready Player One.
My first impression of Ready Player One, is exceptional. This
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Reflection Paper
I never thought that I would be considered a disappointment to my family until the summer of 2017.
As a black child you are raised and expected to have a certain religion and abide by it, but as I got
older I became open minded and realized that this "idea" of religion is a hoax and is not real. This
one belief and idea that I came across changed how my family will view me for ever , as I walked
my journey to a non Christian lifestyle.
The beginning of my religious journey or my journey to the truth as I should call it started from my
anxious and impatient brother begging me to go to his room to watch a "special video about
Christianity. At first I didn't want to go because every time my brother wants to show me something
it's usually something dumb and uninteresting to me, but I gave it a try. As soon as I went into the
room a young black man appeared on the screen with a black background playing emotionally
depressing music. He immediately started asking questions like " Who told you/taught you to
believe in Christianity? Why do you ? Why do you put a tree up in your home during the holidays
and dye eggs on easter ? My attention immediately drew to him as if he were the ice cream man and
I was a hungry five year old child. I was appalled by his opinions and views that Christianity was
created by the Europeans to divide people and make another seem inferior. It was used to denigrate
and dehumanize people if they didn't believe in that faith, and most importantly
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The Bombing Of Lahore, Pakistan
On Easter Sunday, Lahore, Pakistan was next in a growing list of countries attacked on a large by a
suicide bomber in the past six months. The bombing, later claimed by Taliban affiliate Jamaat–ul–
Ahrar, targeted a park populated with Christian women and children celebrating the holiday. Photos
of bloody victims and rescuers soon surfaced as well as first–hand accounts of the explosion. The
sheer horror and violent nature of the story and the photos as well as the constant international
attention on terrorism makes the story impactful and fits with the unfortunately familiar narrative
that has developed in the post–9/11 world. The story broke on Easter morning all over the world,
and therefore, it fits four of the five criteria that Doris Graber and Johanna Dunaway set in Mass
Media and American Politics for how stories are deemed newsworthy (113–114). However, the final
criterion, proximity, is the significant in regards to how the Lahore bombing was and continues to be
covered in mainstream media. Both National Public Radio (NPR) and Al Jazeera posted articles on
Easter Sunday after the bombing, and while many aspects of the articles are the same, there exist
key differences. NPR's status as a semi–publically owned American media company and Al
Jazeera's status as a government owned Qatari media accompany account for those difference in
their coverage the Lahore, Pakistan attacks. The revolution of the new news accounts for their
similarities. NPR posted its story,
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Catholic Palm Sunday Service
The performance I observed and participated in is the Catholic Palm Sunday service. The service
began outside and away from the church, allowing for the procession with the palms to the church,
where the rest of the service takes place. The physical context of the performance/service is a
Catholic church. However, the context of the service within the Catholic liturgical year is of greater
importance. Palm Sunday service occurs annually and takes place during the Lenten period (a
season of preparation before Easter, 40 days before Easter). Palm Sunday takes place the Sunday
before Easter Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent. I chose to
observe this space because I was interested in experiencing it as a performance and viewing it
through a different lens and was also interested to see how different my experience would be this
year in a different church.
I had attended the Palm Sunday service many times before and prior to attending the service I wrote
down all the themes within the service I could recall. I planned to attend the service with these
themes in mind while trying to see how this year's service differed from the services I had attended
before and what other themes I observed in this particular performance of Palm Sunday. I both
observed and participated in the service while mentally noting themes during the service. The
service lasted an hour and a half and I observed the entire service. I found it difficult to view the
service as a
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A Bethlehem Experience : Joseph And Mary
A Bethlehem Experience Joseph and Mary did not know they were going to be in the Bible. Shirley
and I did not expect to walk in their shoes as we anticipated the birth of our first child. During my
first year in theological training, we were able to find lodging with a senior gentleman who lived
within walking distance of the College. We had an upstairs bedroom of our own and a respectful use
of the house with due care given to our landlord's needs. While I worked on my Master of Divinity
(M.Div.), Shirley worked equally hard on her P.T.H (Putting Hubby Through) by helping me with
research and typing essay upon essay. She was as well versed in the disciplines of theology as
anyone enrolled in the formal courses. Since she was expecting our first child and experiencing the
accompanying morning sickness, she chose to stay at home assisting in this way as long as I could
support the both of us by means of summer employment at the local Golf Course, preaching on
weekends, and scholarships and bursaries. When we took up residence with our kindly landlord, it
was with his full knowledge that we were expecting an addition, and we were fully prepared to find
other accommodations once we were more familiar with the city. He would not hear of such a thing
and assured us that a baby in the house would in no way be an unwanted invasion of his privacy or
personal
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Paschal Mystery : Central And Catholic Faith
Paschal Mystery is central to Catholic faith and fundamental to salvation theology. The Paschal
Mystery is most directly associated with the passion, death, resurrection, and glorification of Jesus
Christ. This research paper explores the meaning, effect, and working of the Paschal Mystery and
how the faithful actively participates in the Paschal Mystery today. Other Paschal Mystery themes
will be explored within the context of the New Testament to include: (1) life is greater than death,
(2) forgiveness is greater than sin and (3) light is greater than darkness.
Etymology of Paschal Mystery
"The word Paschal is the English adjectival of the Greek word pascha, which is derived from the
Hebrew word pesah (or pesach), which means passover" (St. Mary's Press, 1) see the pdf to get
footnote info. Paschal pertains to the Jewish feast of Passover, when the Exodus as the path from
slavery to freedom is celebrated and the Passover lamb is slain and eaten" (Harrington, 30).
Harrington, Daniel J. "Celebrating the Paschal Mystery." America Mar 2008: 30–1. ProQuest. 15
Nov. 2014 The Passover foreshadows God's plan for salvation and there are numerous parallels
between the Passover and the saving work of Christ as listed below:
People dominated by foreign entities – Egyptian and Roman
Savior to lead them to freedom – Moses and Jesus
New Code of Life – Ten Commandments and Beatitudes
Save by shedding of innocent blood – Paschal Lamb and Christ
Let to different state – No
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The Important Beliefs Celebrated at Easter and How They...
The Important Beliefs Celebrated at Easter and How They are Celebrated
Easter Sunday comes at the end of holy week which consists of many days which have a significant
meaning. The six weeks leading up to easter is called lent and this is celebrated by many people
giving up one of their luxuries, for example, chocolates and sweets. They do this because they are
remembering when jesus was in the desert and was tempted by the devil and how jesus rejected his
offer. During the time of lent, comes a day called ash Wednesday which certain churches have the
ceremony of putting ash on to the foreheads of people as a symbol of receieving forgiveness.
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Good Friday remembers how jesus was crucified which is a serious and sombre occasion. It is called
Good Friday because people remember how jesus sacrificed his own life to save mankind. The
anglican, Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches are stripped of all colourful decorations, crosses,
candles and hangings. This is to remind the worshipers of the fact that jesus felt deserted and
desolate on the cross. On Good Friday, when people attend the church, the story of The Passion is
read, and in some churches the priest will enveil a crucifix and say 'this is the wood of the cross on
which the saviour of the world died.' The people will then walk up to the alter to kiss the feet of the
carved christ as a mark of respect. Free churches will not have the same ritual, but they will have a
service in which the Passion story is read and thanks will be given to Jesus for going on the cross
and saving humanity from their sins.
Easter Saturday is when Roman Catholic, Orthodox and many Anglican churches keep an easter
vigil on the Saturday evening. The congregation gather outside the church where a bonfire is
burning. A large candle is brought out, called the Paschal candle. It has a cross on it and the greek
letters alpha and omega. The priest places five
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Personal Narrative: A Career In Christianity
Someone's religious affiliations and backgrounds can be fairly diverse and complicated. My own
religious background in Christianity, however, is fairly simple. My parents only played a minor role
in my religious practices, but the biggest influence on that would actually be the friends that I have
made while here at Iowa State University. In order to fully explain my background in Christianity
and the reasons to why I practice this religion today, I feel like it is necessary to explain what
brought me to Christ in the first place. My parents are kind of strange, but are part of the reason to
why I began gaining an interest in Christ. My dad is an Atheist while my mom is a Christian, but
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One of the main areas that I am currently struggling to understand at the moment, however, deals
with the plan that God has for me. For example, everywhere I look, I see friends getting into
relationships and getting married. This makes me wonder when, if ever, I will be blessed with a
girlfriend and then a wife. Another example of this is that it bugs me that I still have absolutely no
idea what I am going to do after I graduate with my degree in psychology. I figured that I would
have had everything all figured out by now, but the reality is that I don't have anything figured out at
all. I have tried numerous times to try and figure out a reason to why I haven't found a girlfriend yet
or to why I am still unsure of my future career, but I have come up empty handed for the most part.
The conclusions that I have come up with all revolve around the idea that I am not quite ready for
that stage of my life yet. So, for the time–being, I guess the only thing that I can do is to continue
my walk with Christ and continue to grow closer to Him and trust that He has the best plan for me.
In conclusion, my start in Christianity was a bit later than some, but a bit earlier than others. I have
learned, and continue to learn so much about God, myself, and the world around me from the bible,
my family, and my peers. I will always have many questions that are unanswered, but I know that
God has the best plan for me, which is why I keep believing in Christ's name and strive to live my
life in a way that glorifies
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Christianity the most Universal Religion
Christianity
Christianity is the most universal religious belief in the world. Christians are divided into three
different groups Orthodox (Eastern Countries), Roman Catholics and protestants (Europe, America,
Australia). Also, there are hundreds of smaller groups called denominations. All the different groups
don't follow the same teachings but they all share the same beliefs. Christianity originated in
Palestine, a Jewish province of the Roman Empire.The religion that is now known as christian has
now spread all over the world. As converts to Christianity increased, the religion spread. The first
century of the era was a time of suffering, revolution, and instability.
Jesus of Nazareth was a phenomenal person who changed the lives of many. Jesus is the messiah,
who brings death on the cross for our salvation sins. Jesus was born to the mother of Mary in the
first century in Palestine. Mary was told by an angel that she would have a son of god. Peter one of
the leaders of the early christians had a vision that a huge piece of cloth was getting let down by the
god. The cloth was filled with animals, reptiles, and birds. Peter went with the messengers to
Cornelius house to preach about god. The time period that Moses was born the hebrews in egypt
were slaves. Pharoh demanded that all young baby boys must be killed so they don't fight against
him . The mother had a plan and sent him in a basket across the nile river. Moses grew up as an
egyptian prince because he was
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The Importance Of Violence In Sunday Bloody Sunday
Evil is extremely apparent in the world today, but for how long will people stand idly by as it
continues to worsen? The song "Sunday Bloody Sunday," written by U2, suggests that the only valid
response to the violence that occurred in Northern Ireland in the 1970s is condemnation. The writers
not only condemn the brutality of that time, but, in a broader sense, condemn violence as a whole,
showing that there are no positive outcomes to violence, only more violence. Therefore, people must
rise up, united against the violence that exists in this world today.
An important aspect that is important to understand, regarding the theme of "Sunday Bloody
Sunday," is the historical context around which it was written. Although U2 wrote the song
specifically about an event that took place on January 30, 1972, or "Bloody Sunday," the violence
was a part of a more complicated and long–running issue between Ireland and England. This
violence also took place as a result of a civil rights movement in Ireland that occurred from 1968 to
1969. Many of these activists looked up to people like Martin Luther King, Jr. for inspiration about
peaceful protest. Nonetheless, in 1969, after multiple occasions of violence at protests, the "British
troops assumed riot duty" (Pringle and Larson). This event became one of the inciting incidents that
led to the violence that happened on Bloody Sunday, only a few years later.
The issues with protesting, despite the presence of British troops, did not
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Ready Player One Is Made By Ernest Cline
Ready Player One is made by Ernest Cline is his first novel made in 2011. Ernest Cline says that he
is a "screenwriter, spoken–word artist, and full–time geek" and he currently lives in Austin, Texas
with his wife and his daughter. Throughout the book 's journey, he had many different variations of
the story. Speaking of the story, in the year 2044 the world isn 't a great place to live. The energy
crisis is a large threat, people are starving, and many people are in poverty. Even though the world
isn 't in the best place in the world, there is one thing that people enjoy. It 's called OASIS,: it stands
for Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation. This device is used as a multi–
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These guys are called Gunters; these guys are going after Halliday 's Easter Egg which is a contest
to win the company the owns the OASIS. Like in every story, there has to be an antagonist or
business rather. Meet IOI or Interactive Online Industries, which is hated by most everyone in the
OASIS community. They want to control the free OASIS and charge people for usages. Like every
company, there are different divisions, like the Oology division. This division was created to hunt
after Halliday 's Easter Egg to win over the OASIS, the Oology division's head and is the main
antagonist of the story. I didn 't even tell about James Halliday; he is the owner of GSS, Gregarious
Simulation Systems (Originally Gregarious Games before OASIS was released). Halliday was the
introverted genius that created many award winning and astounding games. Halliday and Ogden
Morrow founded GSS, Og was the business end of GSS and was the social one of the duo. He ran
the publishing, advertising, and most of the interviews. Og had many different meetings when
Halliday died, at the beginning of the book the creator of OASIS died and a video was released
about Halliday 's Easter Egg. This contest was used to find the new heir to the throne of GSS and
OASIS. Halliday 's Easter Egg also came with a large sum of cash to sweeten the pot. Naturally, this
contest is widely popular, and everyone is looking to find the first of the three gates to finish the
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Sonoran Desert Research Paper
The cultural group that I am researching is the Yaqui (Sonoran Desert, U.S. and Mexico). The topic I
have chosen to research is the different rituals the Yaqui perform. The reason I chose to research the
Yaqui is because they're indigenous to the same region as I am. The Yaqui, "people of Sonora
[Mexico] settled along the Yaqui river... many Yaqui emigrated to Arizona to escape subjugation"
("Yaqui." Columbia 2016). Growing up I never realized how much history took place in Southern
Arizona, so it's interesting to be able to learn about the people who made Arizona the state it is
today. It's very important for me to learn about the Yaqui, since the Pascua Yaqui tribe is based right
here in Tucson, Arizona. Knowing the history of your state, country, culture, etc. is important so that
you understand the present times and how the future could be formed. As for choosing to research
the rituals of the Yaqui, I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn about the different rituals
that take place in their everyday lives and how these ceremonies differ from events that take place in
my own life.
The Yaqui have evolved themselves into having a blended religion, with the use of syncretism.
Syncretism is, "the mixing/blending of elements from two or more cultural sources to produce a new
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Matachin dancers perform during Yaqui Easter ceremonies or any other festivities. The Matachin,
"represents the forces of good" (Yaqui Easter Ceremony 2009). The dancers wear bright colored
clothing and have headdresses decorated with red desert flowers. These desert flowers have great
symbol to the Yaqui, and "symbolize the Virgin Mary" (Yaqui Easter Ceremony 2009). Both the
Matachin dancers and roses combined represent the spirit of the Virgin Mary, whom "looks
favorable on the Yaqui people" (Yaqui Easter Ceremony 2009). Having these dancers brings about
the good, and forces out evil within the Yaquis
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Reflection On Reflection Of Jesus
Jesus' tells a parable about a man who was going away on a journey. This man was rich and before
he left on this trip, he very generously gave and entrusted some of his property to 3 of his servants.
What he had given to them was no small amount! Yet, the master was also very wise in his giving.
He knew each of these people well and he gave to each of them according to their ability. He didn't
give any servant more than that which he could handle.
For us, who have the entirety of Scripture to look at, it's not difficult to understand what Jesus is
teaching His disciples. He was their master and He was about to leave them on a journey – a journey
to the cross – where He would rise from the dead and be seated at the right hand of the Father
Almighty! Quite a journey indeed!!!
"Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the
Helper will not come to you." (John 16:7) Even though Christ was leaving the disciples that did not
mean that his work would come to an end. He promises to give his servants everything they need to
carry on in His work. The Helper – the Spirit of Truth – was to come, and come it did, as a gift given
on the day of Pentecost.
Like the master in the parable, Christ Jesus shows this generosity to all His servants. Just take a
moment and think about all the spiritual blessings that He has poured into your life. You are a
member of his own household – His Chruch. By His blood, He has rescued you from the slavery of
sin, death and the devil. In the waters of Holy Baptism, He has made you a royal servant in His
kingdom that has no end. He gives you the Gospel in Word and Sacrament, to strengthen, grow and
mature the gift of faith that He created in you. He has given you many brothers and sisters – a
congregation of like–minded Christians – to admonish, support and encourage you. What we have
been given and entrusted by our Master, Christ Jesus, is likewise – no small amount!
What about our Master's generosity in other areas? To each one of us he has given a unique set of
talents and abilities. Some have skills in carpentry, woodworking or construction. Some in cooking
or providing. Some are gifted in music. Some have abilities in teaching,
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A New Day Of A New Year's Day
New Year's Day/ New Year's Eve Happy New Year Everyone! As we go into 2018, we look to new
horizons and opportunities. The best time to start a new beginning is now. Here in the U.S. we pop
the champagne and watch the ball drop; whereas, in England, the first guest after the New Year
brings good fortune. "The English custom for welcoming New Year is full of hospitality and
warmth. They believe that the first guest for the year would bring fortune for them. He should be a
male, should enter through the front door and bear some traditional gifts like loaf for the kitchen,
drink for the head of the family and coal to light the fire, otherwise, he is not allowed. They believe
that these bring good luck throughout the year." Martyr's Day–Panama Today is a day of grieving
for our fellow co–workers in Panama. The Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training defines
Martyr's Day as "On January 9,1964, grievances between native Panamanians and "Zonians", or
Americans residing within the U.S.–controlled Canal Zone, boiled over into a series of anti–
American riots which resulted in an evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Panama City, widespread
looting, and dozens of deaths. Most importantly, this uprising honored annually in Panama as
Martyr's Day eventually led to a renegotiation of the original 1903 treaty and is commonly
remembered as the beginning of the end of American hegemony over the Panama Canal Zone."
Today we remember the lives lost on this day. Martin Luther King
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Samalan Christmas Religion
In Spain, Samana Santa is the most spectacular one–week celebration of Easter that I have ever
seen. It is a week of celebration leading to Easter weekend. Although it is celebrated all over the
Spain, the one in Seville is one of the most elaborate ones. It is very normal to experience cultural
shock when living in a different country, but during this week, I experienced one of the greatest
cultural shocks. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the processions and learning about the history and
the reasoning behind them, I was shocked to see the costumes of the people who took part in the
religious processions. Samana Santa, known as the Holy Week in English, consists of religious
processions every day. It is a time when the devotees recognize and repent for their wrongdoings,
reflecting the fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save them. People from various brotherhoods
called the cofradias, participate in the processions. In Seville, there are 55 ... Show more content on
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After researching and talking to the Sevillanos, I found that the Nazarenos have been dressing like
this for more than 500 years, which is well before KKK originated. There is no defined link between
the two, but there is a possibility that one of the KKK members must have witnessed the Samana
Santa parade and gotten inspired by their costume. Unlike KKK, there is a very religious reason
behind why the Nazarenos dress up like that. Walking for about eight hours in the burning sun,
while wearing that costume is a sign of penance. They cover their faces in mourning and as a sign
that they are shameful for the sins that they have committed. On the morning of Easter Sunday, they
remove their head covers to mark the end of the mourning. After learning about the reason behind
this costume and the tradition associated with it, I think it is shame to associate this sacred event
with the
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Reflection Paper
I saw Jesus for the first time when I was 15 years old. I had been a wreck for weeks, extremely
anxious about death, pain and the horrors of life, but everything changed as I went with my father to
an ordinary, boring Lutheran church service on April 2, 2006. I had been in church countless times
before, but I had never actually listened to what they were saying, I was merely sitting in the church
pew, wishing I was home playing Super Mario. Now, I pricked up my ears as I heard that we believe
in "the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting", as the Apostles' Creed
says. I thought: "Wait, do we? That's amazing!"
I started to pray and read the Bible, and I just drank the wonderful words of Jesus: "I am the
resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever
lives by believing in me will never die" (Jn 11:25–26) or "The life appeared; we have seen it and
testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to
us." (1 Jn 1:2). However, it didn't take too long before I started to doubt. How do I know that God
even exists? And how do I know that Jesus had better insights in who God is than Muhammad or
Buddha?
One evening I simply kneeled down in my room and prayed "God, I want to see You. Show Yourself
to me!" I hadn't read the Old Testament warnings that seeing the Lord will result in sudden death
(Ex 19:21), so I prayed passionately about this for over 20
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The Easter Controversy Essay
The Easter Controversy
Easter is the most important celebration for Christianity because it commemorates the Resurrection
of Jesus Christ, a foundational notion upon which the faith is built. Accordingly, it is the principle
feast and the high point of the ecclesiastical year, which has been an established tradition as old as
Christianity. Easter has been universally observed since the middle of the second century. The
original celebration generally consisted of a vigil with readings followed by a feast with the
Eucharist. This was a time for rejoicing because the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus were
seen as a saving unit. Christ's transition from death to resurrection, which ... Show more content on
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By the end of the second century, the majority of the Western churches had come to celebrate the
Resurrection on the Sunday that followed the 14th day of the Jewish month Nisan. The Western
Asiatic churches commemorated Jesus' death rather than His resurrection and observed it on the
14th day of Nisan, whether that day fell on a Sunday or not. Therefore, what became known as the
Easter Controversy was not an argument over the day of Jesus' resurrection, but rather a
disagreement over what day was most appropriate to commemorate it annually (Catholic
Encyclopedia).
The Easter Controversy is the name given to the drawn out dispute in the early Church over the
exact date for the celebration of Easter. As previously mentioned, this disagreement originated
between the West and East at about the middle of the second century. Basically, what was under
concern was whether the Easter celebration must be observed on a Sunday or if it should be
celebrated on the 14th day of Nisan, regardless of the day on which this date may fall. This was the
day on which the Jews celebrated Passover, which is why the Eastern churches like in Asia felt that
since the two festivals were related, it was only fitting to celebrate Easter on that same day.
Although these followers claimed to have received this practice from certain Apostles, specifically
John and Philip, they were
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Essay on The Christian Calendar
The Christian Calendar
The festivals dotting the Christian Calendar are marked by general out pourings of devotion,
mourning and joy according to the religious significance of these days. Some common festivals
celebrated by Christians are the days commemorating the major Christian events like Christmas for
the birth of Jesus Christ and Easter for his martyrdom and resurrection. Other popular events usually
mark the birth or the feast days of famous Saints. These occasions are celebrated with great
enthusiasm; the people observe the time worn customs and traditions associated with each festival,
which make each of these festivals, a unique experience.
Month Date Day Festival
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Christmas primarily celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the father of the Christian religion. The
word Christmas comes from the Old English word – Cristes Maesse or Christ's Mass. However, the
celebrations and customs related to the day have evolved over the years.
Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, who was believed to be the saviour of mankind. Christmas
has always been one of the favourite times of the year for everyone through out the world. The
magical events of Christmas are believed to hold each and everyone's heart with joy and freshness.
These magical events have been recreated in the many traditions followed during Christmas. The
Christmas tree, the star, Santa Claus and the ginger bread man are some traditions that all combine
to form the spirit of Christmas.
The traditions of Christmas have been aggregated from over half a dozen cultures and accumulated
over the centuries. An in–depth look in into its tradition, and one is moved with all the sentiments,
symbols and meaning associated with Christmas. All of which combine to give a touch of liveliness
and harmony to the season of celebrations. However, no matter which part of the world you are in,
the tradition of Christmas blossoms with fun and celebration and carries along with it faith, hope
and love.
Christmas Day
Places like Rome, Europe, Scandinavia and many others have celebrated the peak winter days with a
grand feast and a lot of gaiety
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Why Do Australia Celebrate Easter Sun Day
"Easter celebrates the promise of life in the face of death." It is a time to reflect on "suffering,
injustice, hardship, peace and forgiveness". Christians in Australia celebrate Easter as the time
where Jesus was crucified and then resurrected 2 days after, however non Christians celebrate Easter
with family and friends in many different secular ways. The two main days for all Australians are
Good friday and Easter sunday.When Jesus died on the cross, his body was put in a tomb sealed by a
large stone. The Gospel says that on Easter sunday Jesus' friend Mary went to the tomb and
discovered the stone had been moved and Jesus' body was gone. Christians believe Jesus'
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The first part of Easter is Lent, a period of about 40 days before Easter Sunday that begins on Ash
wednesday. During Lent, Christians prepare for Easter. They consider it as a time for penance, "a
time to show sorrow for sins and to seek forgiveness."2 One common form of penance is fasting,
which limits the kinds or amounts of foods eaten. Holy Week is the final week of Lent which recalls
the events before Jesus's death and resurrection. Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week that
celebrates the story of Jesus' "triumphant entry into Jerusalem".2 Maundy Thursday, the day before
Good Friday, remembers Jesus's last meal and his imprisonment. On this day Jesus went to pray in
the garden of Gethsemane, when his friend Judas betrayed him and arrived with a group of men with
swords who had been sent by the priests to arrest Jesus. Jesus was then questioned by the council
and it was decided he would be crucified. Holy Saturday is essentially a day of "solemn vigil".1 The
primary activity of the day comes at nightfall as the observance of Jesus' Resurrection approaches.
Easter Sunday is followed by a 50–day period ending on Pentecost, a Jewish festival for Christians
to commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus Christ's disciples on the seventh Sunday
after
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The Italian Born Community in Australia
The Italian born community is the largest overseas born community in Australia. The majority of
Italians came in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. World War II Italy was in a political and economic mess
which motivated many people to come to Australia. This mass exodus from Italy was accelerated by
a bi–lateral agreement between Australia and Italy, which allowed Italians to apply for assisted
passage. The majority of Italians migrants to Australia have come from five major regions: Calabria,
Puglia, Campania, Veneto, and Friuli–Venezia Giulia. Today, the Italian community live together in
specific areas. This provides the atmosphere of community closeness and support which is very
important to them. The loss of community supporting structure in Italy was gradually replaced by
the development of similar supports in Australia. Today, over 120 Italian associations, organizations
and clubs exist. They range from welfare organizations and religious associations to recreational,
sporting and regional clubs. For many Australian Italians these organizations are meeting places
where they can speak their own language/dialect and maintain their cultural identity. The nature of
Italian migration to Australia has meant that over 40 percent of the community are now over 65
years at the 2001 Census. A large percentage of older Italians do not speak English well and as such
community efforts in the recent past have focused on meeting the needs of the aged. Most Italian
migrants came from the
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Persuasive Essay
"I am SO hungry." "I should've ordered two steaks." "Guys, I literally can't wait one more second to
eat my garlic mashed potatoes." Nora and Sydney run to the bathroom giggling, skipping along.
Shortly after they return our steaming, delicious smelling meals are set in front of us. We are
devouring our juicy steaks, savory potatoes, tender lobster, and crunchy chicken strips when
something behind the over towering brick fire place dividing the dining room from the bar makes a
popping sound louder than I've ever heard before. I think to myself, "Was that a celebration coming
from a champagne bottle? No... much louder than that. Did someone actually bring a firework into
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My dad abruptly stands up in his chair to get a better view of the event. "What in the hell? What
the?" More swearing follows and I'm not sure if it came from my dad or another person in the
restaurant. Suddenly, a few men from further back in the restaurant come gliding through the dining
area towards the bar. In their hands? Guns. Again my dad is yelling, this time, "shoot that bastard". I
suddenly realize the noise was not a firework or even a champagne bottle, it was gun shot. Before I
can think much more, commands are yelled at us to be quiet and to get down. Next, I am under the
dining table where I was once enjoying my juicy steak now "hiding" with my loved ones. I look to
Charlie and ask, "is this really happening right now?", he looks at me dead in the eye and nods. I
turn to my mom and see her sobbing and keep repeating, "I can't believe this is happening to us." It
felt like we were under the tables for an eternity. After a few minutes I looked over by the steps into
another level of the dining room to find my grandparents friends crouched down who just happened
to be at the restaurant as well. The woman and I made eye contact and she scooted over. She assured
me we were ok but someone was shot dead in the bar. Suddenly another command was shouted at
us, "Everyone get out!". Swarms of people started running out the back door and once everyone got
out of Firebirds, we had to jump the fence–railing that was like a barrier to the
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The Importance Of The Easter Vigil
At the Easter Vigil, "a blazing fire is prepared... outside the church... on this most sacred night, in
which... [the Catholic Church celebrates the] Lord Jesus Christ['s passing]... over from death to life."
The fire is then blessed by the priest. After igniting and blessing the Easter fire, "one of the
[attending] ministers brings the paschal candle to the priest, who cuts a cross into the candle... Then
he makes the Greek letter Alpha above the cross, the letter Omega below, and the four numerals of
the current year between the arms of the cross." After marking the Christ candle with all the symbols
just mentioned, "the priest may insert five grains of incense into the Easter candle in the form of a
cross." These two ritual actions (i.e. the blessing of the fire and the preparation of the Paschal
candle) are essential moments in the Easter Vigil liturgy. This paper will explore why these two
ceremonial actions are significant to the Catholic Church. To fully appreciate why these two actions
are so meaningful, it is necessary to examine four questions. First, what is the historical and
symbolic background of these two actions? Second, how are these two procedures initiatory? Third,
what do they teach us about the initiatory process? Fourth, what do these two ritualistic actions
suggest for parish life?
The steps of starting and blessing the Easter fire have a rich historical background within the
Catholic Church. According to the rubrics of The Roman Missal, the "fire should be
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The Super Bowl
"My spirit is broken, my days are cut short, the grave awaits me." (job 17:10 NIV) Well, it 's
finished. The Super Bowl is done and Denver begins their reign as champions of the NFL. For all of
its overhype, I have to admit I enjoy the Super Bowl. I look forward to it even if my favorite teams
aren 't playing. Actually my favorite teams haven 't played in a Super Bowl in a long time. But I
enjoy the hype leading up to it. I enjoy all of the analysis. I enjoy watching the commercials , at
least most of them. I remain more than a bit uncomfortable with the puppy/monkey/baby creature.
Mascots should make you want to buy the product, not create an urge to garb a baseball bat and try
to kill it while you mutter prayers to send it back to the Netherworld from which it came. And this
game, at least on paper had a lot going for it. The old pro versus the brash young gunslinging
quarterback. One QB a physical phenom, the other moving as if he is put together by bailing wire. A
top offense versus a crippling defense. In some ways that 's what you want to see in a Super Bowl.
But what I enjoy the most is the after game interviews and press conferences. Well, specifically the
interviews with the losers. Please don 't think I 'm being particularly sadistic about that. But let 's
face it, the interviews with the winners are pretty boring. They all pretty much say the same thing.
They thank their teammates, family and owners. talk about giving 100%, its a team effort. And
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Analysis Of The Lenten Reflections From A Father Who Keeps...
Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises Scott Hahn's purpose for the Lenten
Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises is to share the biblical story of God's covenant
love in salvation history each day beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending with Divine Mercy
Sunday. Hahn provides reflections for each day retelling the stories that make up the Story. Scripture
testifies to how God has cared for his family throughout the ages, making a way for his children to
live with him forever. As the Lenten season begins, God's master plan is to form and fashion a
human family to share in the infinite love of the Trinity (Hahn, 1997, p. 1). Starting with Ash
Wednesday, Hahn compares how despite a father's best intentions to keep his promises, he is only
human, and will not always be around when his children need him the most, while our eternal
Father, God, will never fail to fulfill his word. Week one of the Lenten season starts with the
Creation story. The creation account addresses not how, but what and why God created
demonstrating a profound complementarily of religion and science, faith and reason. In the
beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1), to point out the two main realms
within creation: the spiritual and the material. Spiritual refers to the immaterial realm, which is
occupied by pure spirits and the "heavenly hosts", while material points to the earthly habitat God
made for humanity. Week two starts by revealing sin as a
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  • 1. Mass Gathering Report Sample The Mass Gathering application that you presented to the Town of Cumberland meets our requirements. In addition you must provide a certificate of Insurance naming Cumberland Farmers Club additional insured. The $3000 dollar fee was approved with the following: You will be required to forward a check for 50% or $1500 dollars 60 days prior to the event. The remainder $1500 will be due on May 18, 2017 payable to Cumberland Farmers Club. This fee holds the days for your event and ensures security you have the facility for your event as described in the Mass gathering application this fee is not refundable. You will be responsible to clean up and have the trash removed by Monday May 21, 2018. During the meeting you agreed that you would be willing ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... If you open the gates at 8 a.m. no one can enter with a motorized vehicle or drive through guests, children or participants. We discussed use of electrical lights and cords other than food vendors. The parking attendents know where the handicap parking is located on the grounds. The parking across Blanchard Road will not be allowed unless Police/or Parking attendents are directing traffic. (includes times when people are entering and departing.) This must be enforced by you. The item in the Mass Gathering regarding use of Alcohol must be strictly enforced you stated no and the Farmers Club says no alcohol. No alterations to pens, removal of participations with out permision . This final issues was not discussed but an administrative fee of $250 dollars, cost of table set up. (This is a two man job)trash cans, set up and removal. Overseeing and providing you with help if issues arise during the event. Individual will be available by cell phone. Any accident or individual requiring rescue must be documented and reported to Cumberland Farmers Club as soon as ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 2. Ready Player One Themes In the novel, "Ready Player One", the author Ernest Cline describes a world that is filled with technology. Everywhere you look, it is technology due to the fact that it is virtual reality. This game has taken over people's lives to the point where their life is now the game, and the line between virtual and reality is gone. The game has brought joy to people's live, for instance, the main protagonist of the story Wade Watts. However, the game has become so fundamental to how society functions, that without the game, it would collapse. This type of conflict is the main theme for the novel and the author uses the description of settings, the characterization of certain characters, and the conflict both between different characters, and in themselves, in order to explore the theme of humanities dependence on technology and how it affects them. Throughout the story, Wade Watts gives vivid descriptions of the locations that he is at. It is the conflicting syntax used in them that show his true views about the different worlds. When he describes his non–virtual reality, he uses terms that make it seem mundane, unlikable and hostile. He describes his home as the "top unit of a stack twenty–two mobile homes high" (20) and uses "recycled pipes, girders, support beams, and footbridges" (21). He goes on to describe the surrounding area as "a crumbling highway pass" (22) and has a "grim skyline" (22). These descriptions are in completely opposite of how the protagonist describes the ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 3. Church Visit Response Essay Church Visit Response Essay I grew up going to Catholic Church my whole life. I have completed all my sacraments and attended 11 years of catechism. I am very comfortable in a Catholic Church and feel very at ease with the atmosphere and rituals performed in a Catholic church. The only time I have ever stepped foot in a church that was not Catholic has only been for a wake or a wedding. So when it comes to experiencing different kinds of cultural and religious practices, I am very naïve. Catholic mass is very quiet and serene. We sing the same hymns and keep the decibels very low. Mass always follows the same pattern and it is very structured. Although I feel connected to the Catholic Church, I have stopped attending on a regular basis as I have gotten older. I feel that I have stopped attending because I would often leave church not feeling fulfilled. I have a friend who has been inviting to her church for a few years. I took this essay as an opportunity to finally attend. I visited Celebration Church on Easter Sunday 2016. Given that it was a special Christian holiday, the church was incredibly crowded. They had numerous children activities taking place in the parking lot. The church volunteers that helped me find a parking and greeted me as I walked through the door were extremely friendly. I am not trying to sound cynical, but they were almost too friendly. This was the first thing I noticed that set this church apart from what I have previously experienced. In fact ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 4. The Importance Of Tradition In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery Following Tradition When one thinks of the word tradition, the thought that often comes to mind is a positive one, such as the thought of Christmas dinner at grandma's house or church on Easter Sunday. Most of these traditions we follow blindly, meaning that it is just something we do even if we do not remember why. According to the Merriam–Webster Dictionary, a tradition is "an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought or action" (757). Since it is inherited, we do not really have a say in receiving it or not. It is expected that we continue the tradition because that's what our ancestors have done. While following a long line of tradition can be truly great, when the reason for the tradition becomes blurred it can become harmful. In Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," blindness can be undesirable when following a tradition and can make that tradition dangerous. My family has many traditions that we practice. As I mentioned before we go to Church on Easter Sunday. Many little details make this tradition the tradition that it is. The whole family gets dressed up in their very best and as a family we go to mass and praise Jesus. After mass, we stay dressed up and meet our relatives at Café 422 for a giant Italian meal. Once we all are too stuffed to take in anymore, we retreat to my aunt's house where we can finally get into comfortable clothing and hang out in the living room usually playing some type of game or watching a movie. For me, I follow this tradition ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 5. Observation Report #4. The Easter Vigil: Holy Family Catholic Observation Report #4 The Easter Vigil: Holy Family Catholic Church The Easter Triduum takes place during Holy Week, which commemorates step by step the last events in the life of Jesus. It is a very symbolic ritual because it reenacts His passion, death and resurrection. The Easter Triduum, which lasts three days, includes the Easter Vigil, the most important of all Christian celebrations. The celebration, which takes place on the night of Holy Saturday, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Although this is a very long service, I think that every year is a different and beautiful experience. I always attend the Holy Week services, but I especially enjoy participating in the Easter Vigil because I believe it is the most ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... The Paschal Candle reminds us of the resurrection of Christ, the light a symbol of life, Christ as the light of the world that comes to illuminate our lives with his Resurrection. This was followed by the procession, the congregation followed the priests and ministers, a deacon carried the Paschal Candle. I would say that at this point, the catechumens had the most important role in the celebration because they were about to be welcomed into the life of the Church. Another important part of the celebration took place inside the temple, the Exultet or Easter Proclamation was sung by a member of the choir. In the past, a priest or a deacon has sung the Exultet, so this was new to me. The Exultet is a song of hope and triumph, because Christ has overcome death. The Exultet is followed by the Liturgy of the Word, which consisted in readings from the Old Testament, the epistle and the Gospel. The readings summarize the history of Salvation. For example, the reading from Genesis described creation, the reading from the Exodus the liberation of Egypt and the Gospel proclaimed the Resurrection of Christ. After each reading psalms were sung. However, during this celebration there were only 4 readings. During the reading of the Gospel, candles were relit to remind us the resurrection of Christ. The priest gave a very short homily and continued with the Liturgy of Baptism, the ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 6. La Befana, Carnevale, And Easter Italy shares many holidays with many cultures around the world. Three of those holidays iare La Befana, Carnevale, and Easter. They are among the most important to the Italian people and all tied together. They each have roots in Christianity and Catholicism, but are considered public holidays. La Befana, or Epiphany, always celebrated on January 6th. Considered the end of the Christmas season. A woman carrying a broomstick marks La Befana. She originates from a legend about the three wise men whom were searching for the baby Jesus. La Befana missed a chance to find the baby with the wise man and went out on her own to search for him. As legend states, every child she happens upon, she gives candy or a gift in the hopes that one–day she ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Good Friday, "is the day that commemorates Jesus ' crucifixion, Saturday is spent in mourning with no festivities or fancy food allowed, and Sunday is the day for the celebration of the resurrection. Bells resound throughout Italy on Easter Sunday to mark the event. Easter Monday (Angel 's Monday, or Pasquetta, Little Easter) is also an official holiday," (Life In Italy). Many cities have parades in which statues of Jesus or Mary carried thru the streets. Knowing the meaning of and dates for the country's holidays and how to properly host or partake in the festivals will only strengthen the bonds that the military might have with the host nation. Customs and courtesies are a big part of the Italian way of life, as is religion. When introduced you should say "good day," followed by a shake of the hands (no more than one) if any, a simple grasp will suffice. This is for both greetings and partings. It is wise to address others by introducing yourself first and apologizing if you do not already know the person. Another courtesy that is recommended is during siestas, or naps, you should not bother people from 1400–1600, which is when they return to work. It is customary if you are to meet with some one that you are five or ten minutes early, however they allow being a bit late for it is their time you are asking for. It is of great importance for the military to understand these customs and courtesies in order to not offend anyone. Religious beliefs are ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 7. Religious Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery Essay Religious Tradition in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery While 'The Lottery' is a fictitious story it can be argued that it mirrors the attitude of American culture in how it addresses religious tradition in its major holidays and celebrations. Two of the biggest holidays in the United States are Christmas and Easter. Both of which are derived from Christian beliefs. Even though 'The Lottery' is apparently a pagan ritual, violent and horrific, it is appropriate, only by the fact that the participants no longer remember, or seem to care, what the original intent of the ritual or the significance of its traditions. When we are introduced to the lottery, we see the traditions that are currently observed. These include ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Only when we are introduced to Old Man Warner, the only man in the village old enough to remember some of the traditions, do we get an idea of the purpose of the lottery. It seems to be a pagan harvest ritual, as expressed by his old saying: ??Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon?? (Jackson 369). By participating in the lottery the villages crops will prove to be bountiful. He justifies the use of the lottery simply by stating ?There?s always been a lottery? (Jackson 369). Furthermore, Old Man Warner is horrified at the thought of ever stopping the lottery. When another villager speaks of other towns that have done away with the lottery he says, ?Pack of crazy fools? (Jackson 369),and ?Nothing but trouble in that? (Jackson 369) Only two traditions survive from the original ritual: the drawing of lots by the head of the households and subsequent drawing of the chosen family, and the use of stones for the dastardly deed. By using the heads of households in the initial round of the lottery, the blame could be passed off to him. The eldest men, and only the men were supposed to draw from the first round as expressed by ? Don?t you have a grown boy to do it for you, Janey?? (Jackson 368) and ?Glad to see your mother?s got a man to do it.? (Jackson 368) were responsible for their families and the man who drew the ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 8. Passover v. Easter Essay Passover v. Easter Today, millions of people celebrate Easter as an important religious holiday, while Passover is almost universally ignored. Many people will be surprised to find that the day God commanded us as believers to observe in the Bible is the Day being ignored. In this essay, I will compare this observance (holiday) with the instructions about worship found in the Bible regarding His "Holy Day" of Passover. The word Easter is the English word for "Ishtar" it is found only once in the King James Version Bible, (Acts 12:4) and there, it was mistranslated from the Greek work Pascha, which literally means Passover. In 325AD through a ruling council of the Roman Catholic Church, Emperor Constantine established ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... (Deuteronomy 16:3) "And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, this month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, in the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house.... And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month.... And they shall eat the flesh in the night.... And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S PASSOVER". (Exodus 12: 1–11) Apostle Paul admonished the Church of Corinth with these words," Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us" and then he urged Christians to "Keep the Feast" both metaphorically and literally. (1 Corinthians 5: 7–8) Passover was to be a calendar marker for Gods people. The Gospels make it quite clear that the events at the end of the earthly ministry of Christ were not coincidentally related to the Feast of the Lord but that they were by God's design a picture of events of the ministry of Christ Jesus. At the Last Supper Jesus instituted a new way for his disciples to commemorate the "PASSOVER". And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, saying, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 9. Ready Player One By Ernest Cline Technology and the economy of today is growing and getting more advanced than ever, yet the world can go completely upside down in 29 years from today. In the book Ready Player One, Ernest Cline states that the world is in the year 2045, the future is absolutely corrupt and everyone is living in a dystopian world. Almost everyone uses OASIS, an online gaming program, and is ultimately many people 's escape from their reality. The creator, James Halliday, sent out an alarming announcement interrupting everyone's day addressing a mission about a hidden easter egg in the game. If someone can find the easter egg , they will inherit Halliday's entire fortune. Wade Watts, the main character, was set and determined to find the egg and made it his greatest goal when he heard about the announcement. This goal Wade headed towards turned into a new life for him, creating a new persona which led him to becoming whoever he wanted in the virtual world. Wade is alone in the real world, however in OASIS Wade formed friendships. Wade knew if he got too close with the others in the game it jeopardizes his chances of winning in the game. Wade's sole purpose in OASIS was to find the easter egg and didn't intend on forming any relationships on there. Wade was completely alone in the real world and resorted to a virtual reality. During his journey in OASIS, he stumbled upon a few characters on there and felt a deep connection with them and felt that he never wanted lose that bond. The character ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 10. The Egg Drop Experiment An egg is a fragile object that breaks when a small amount of force acts upon it, but many people have tried to prevent it from breaking when it falls by building contraptions for it. The egg drop experiment is generally used as an experiment to teach students about the concepts of physics. There are many ways to prevent an egg from breaking when it falls. One example is to use a parachute to slow down the descent of the egg. Another example is to wrap the egg in bubble wrap to cushion the egg's landing. The technique you decide to use determines the results that you get. I have always been interested in doing an egg drop experiment because it involves building and dropping things. For my first MOS project, I decided to build different contraptions ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 11. Good Friday and Lent All About Lent Q: What is Lent? A:Historically, Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, it began on Ash Wednesday and ended on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). In recent years, this has been modified so that it now ends with evening Mass on Holy Thursday, to prepare the way for Triduum. Q: Why are Sundays excluded from the reckoning of the forty days? A: Because Sunday is the day on which Christ arose, making it an inappropriate day to fast and mourn our sins. On Sunday we must celebrate Christ's resurrection for our salvation. It is Friday on which we commemorate his death for our sins. The Sundays of the year are days of celebration and the Fridays of the year are days of penance. Q: Why are the ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... During the rest of the year Catholics in this country are permitted to use a different act of penance on Friday in place of abstinence, though all Fridays are days of penance on which we are required to do something expressing sorrow for our sins, just as Sundays are holy days on which we are required to worship and celebrate God's great gift of salvation. Q: Why are acts of repentance appropriate at this time of year? A: Because it is the time leading up to the commemoration of Our Lord's death for our sins and the commemoration of his resurrection for our salvation. It is thus especially appropriate to mourn the sins for which he died. Human have an innate psychological need to mourn tragedies, and our sins are tragedies of the greatest sort. Due to our fallen nature humans also have a need to have set times in which to engage in behavior (which is why we have Sundays as a set time to rest and worship, since we would otherwise be likely to forget to devote sufficient time to rest and worship), it is appropriate to have set times of repentance. Lent is one of those set times. Q: What are appropriate activities for ordinary days during Lent? A: Giving up something we enjoy for Lent, doing of physical or spiritual acts of mercy for others, prayer, fasting, abstinence, going to confession, and other acts expressing repentance in general. Q: Is the custom of giving up something for Lent mandatory? A: No. However, it is a salutary custom, and ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 12. Analysis Of Ready Player One By Ernest Cline Kayla Kaster Downes Eng 1302–1035 11/8/17 When taking any English class starting in high school, it is expected that the student will have to read at least one novel. I was somewhat excited that Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was the required novel for the class because it seemed interesting and I was already expecting a book to read. The story takes place in 2044, in a post–apocalyptic world due to an energy crisis. The main character, Wade Watts, escapes into the virtual reality created in the OASIS. When the game's creator, James Halliday, dies, a contest to inherit his fortune comes about, prompting many users to try and find the Easter egg that contains it. After years of the contest hype going down, Wade becomes the first person to make any real progress, and the contest becomes relevant again. Throughout the book, the varying plot points, character developments, and themes made the reading process more interesting. In the first section known as Level One, Wade is shown to be obsessively studying every aspect of James Halliday's life in order to win the Hunt, all while attending school. When talking about his Advanced OASIS Studies class, it was mentioned that "I'd devoted all of my free time to learning as much as I possibly could about James Halliday. I'd exhaustively studied his life, accomplishments, and interests" (Cline 52). Due to his perseverance, Wade was able to be the first to obtain a copy of the Copper Key. Once his score was posted on the scoreboard ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 13. The Importance Of The Symbol System Of The Msm Liturgy On... 1.0 Introduction Ritual can be defined as a religious or solemn ceremony which is made up of a sequence of actions performed in order to achieve a particular outcome. The purpose of this ethnographic report is to examine the effectiveness of the symbol system of the MSM liturgy in terms of the ritual purpose and the extent of the reflection on Christian stories and beliefs of the Easter Triduum. This case study aims to analyse the level of engagement and understanding in the community of the symbol system represented in the MSM liturgy in terms of the Easter Triduum by surveying students and conducting an interview. The symbol system of the MSM liturgy on Holy Thursday was highly effective in engaging the community in a reflection on the Easter Story when the participants came with prior knowledge, as this offered a better understanding and insight to the liturgy which made it easier to follow. The contemporary symbols were engaging and effectively communicated the Easter Story to the whole community, whereas the traditional elements were ineffective in engaging the majority of the members. 2.0 Method of Inquiry 2.1 Primary Data Primary data was data collected and is evident throughout the report in the form of student surveys (Refer to appendix 1), teacher interviews (Refer to appendix 2), Ms Terrey's address as well as photos and the order of service which was gathered from the liturgy and booklet. All the primary sources provided insider perspective into the liturgy ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 14. My Grandmother One summer morning, the aroma of breakfast sausages lured me into the cabin's kitchen, the place of great food and even greater messes. "Hey, Mary, turn around and stick out your tongue." I stopped in my tracks as I watched my aunt, Maggie, grab her older sister's tongue with the cooking tong. After a painful cry, Mary quickly swatted Maggie with a dish towel. "Hey, you're the one that always says to grab life by the tongue!" Maggie retorted. With a quick giggle, I ran to Mary's waist and gave her a squeeze. "You saw that didn't you Gator? You see what she does to me?" "She just loves you," I replied, "but not as much as me." And with that, she embraced me or, rather, used me as a shield as the battle of sisterhood commenced. My aunt Mary, aside from my grandmother, was the best cook I knew. Not only that, she possessed an incessant desire to feed everyone. Knowing that our family simply adored the delicacy of smoked salmon from Lake Superior's North Shore, Mary ordered us the largest fillet possible and shipped it to our home. Much of the excitement that accompanied every Easter Sunday morning was owed to the deviled eggs that rarely found their way to the table. Mary's Rice Krispie bars never lasted more than a sitting, and her Special Mary Kay bars followed suit. One evening I discovered a container of coconut cookies on the counter. Upon contact, the thin, sugary crisp melted on my tongue. Convinced that I would never taste anything like that again, I vowed ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 15. The Importance Of Easter In Spain People around the world have many cultures and holidays. Everyone celebrates their holidays with traditions that appeal to them. With cultural difference added, diversity is created and is part of the festivities throughout the world. Spain, for example, is just like any other country with its own holidays, traditions, and activities. This Spanish–speaking country has those that contrast to the ones here in the United States. To begin with, Spain has a holiday called Semana Santa, or Holy Week, that lasts for a week. The week before Easter, the regions of the Spanish–speaking country celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with their own styles and customs. However, according to Miruna Corneanu, the author of the article "Easter in Spain", "Semana Santa celebrations are nowhere else as elaborate and spectacular as they are in Andalusia...." In this southern region of the country, the Catholic holiday is honored by with religious fervor, extravagant processions, color, and art. Motley parades and complex religious displays of biblical scenes take over the streets in Seville and Malaga. In the town of Calanda, people celebrate Good Friday by playing drums for twenty–four hours. On the contrary, Easter is a holiday those in the United States celebrate. While it may not last for an entire week but only a day, Easter is not held on an official date, but instead on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon has happened or after the March equinox. This holiday is honored by Christians, ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 16. Analysis Of Ready Player One By Ernest Cline In Ready Player One, Ernest Cline's style can be described as descriptive due to his use of being able to help yous visualize the world, being able to make you feel the tension, and being able to relate and understand characters. Being able to visualize the world is very important to a novel as you can put yourself into the world and the situations that the characters go through. "The stacks explanation" (20 Cline). This explanation of the stacks displays how Ernest Cline is able to guide you to create a picture in your mind of how vast and horrible this world is. This description also helps to backup the fact why everyone hides in the oasis instead of living outside in the real world. A story that is able to captivate a reader and make them feel the tension in a stressful situation is incredible and truly add to the emersion and power of a novel. "6ixers blow up the stacks"(145 Cline). This part of the novel makes you feel the suspense and terror going on through in Wades head as he is unaware if Sorrento was bluffing or not. Then once the explosions go off he has a look of terror on his face yet he is also kind of relieved that he was able to live and thankful that he was in his hideout. The tension that you feel is very serious and takes your breath away as you along with Wade are waiting for something to happen. Along with tension being able to relate to characters . "I wish someone had just told me the truth right up front, as soon as I was old enough to understand."(Cline 16). This sentence at the beginning of the novel shows a lot about Wade's character. Wade doesn't like people sugar coating things for him he wants to always know exactly what is going on just like most of society. Since the story follows Wade on his journey most of the relatability comes from him such as his living situation and how he was spending so much time working on finding the easter egg and finally finding the first gate after years of research. Yet we can tell the personalities of other characters like Aech as a strong, funny and supportive friend. Ernest Cline is very descriptive in the way how he tells the story of Wade Watts and the world of Ready Player One. My first impression of Ready Player One, is exceptional. This ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 17. Reflection Paper I never thought that I would be considered a disappointment to my family until the summer of 2017. As a black child you are raised and expected to have a certain religion and abide by it, but as I got older I became open minded and realized that this "idea" of religion is a hoax and is not real. This one belief and idea that I came across changed how my family will view me for ever , as I walked my journey to a non Christian lifestyle. The beginning of my religious journey or my journey to the truth as I should call it started from my anxious and impatient brother begging me to go to his room to watch a "special video about Christianity. At first I didn't want to go because every time my brother wants to show me something it's usually something dumb and uninteresting to me, but I gave it a try. As soon as I went into the room a young black man appeared on the screen with a black background playing emotionally depressing music. He immediately started asking questions like " Who told you/taught you to believe in Christianity? Why do you ? Why do you put a tree up in your home during the holidays and dye eggs on easter ? My attention immediately drew to him as if he were the ice cream man and I was a hungry five year old child. I was appalled by his opinions and views that Christianity was created by the Europeans to divide people and make another seem inferior. It was used to denigrate and dehumanize people if they didn't believe in that faith, and most importantly ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 18. The Bombing Of Lahore, Pakistan On Easter Sunday, Lahore, Pakistan was next in a growing list of countries attacked on a large by a suicide bomber in the past six months. The bombing, later claimed by Taliban affiliate Jamaat–ul– Ahrar, targeted a park populated with Christian women and children celebrating the holiday. Photos of bloody victims and rescuers soon surfaced as well as first–hand accounts of the explosion. The sheer horror and violent nature of the story and the photos as well as the constant international attention on terrorism makes the story impactful and fits with the unfortunately familiar narrative that has developed in the post–9/11 world. The story broke on Easter morning all over the world, and therefore, it fits four of the five criteria that Doris Graber and Johanna Dunaway set in Mass Media and American Politics for how stories are deemed newsworthy (113–114). However, the final criterion, proximity, is the significant in regards to how the Lahore bombing was and continues to be covered in mainstream media. Both National Public Radio (NPR) and Al Jazeera posted articles on Easter Sunday after the bombing, and while many aspects of the articles are the same, there exist key differences. NPR's status as a semi–publically owned American media company and Al Jazeera's status as a government owned Qatari media accompany account for those difference in their coverage the Lahore, Pakistan attacks. The revolution of the new news accounts for their similarities. NPR posted its story, ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 19. Catholic Palm Sunday Service The performance I observed and participated in is the Catholic Palm Sunday service. The service began outside and away from the church, allowing for the procession with the palms to the church, where the rest of the service takes place. The physical context of the performance/service is a Catholic church. However, the context of the service within the Catholic liturgical year is of greater importance. Palm Sunday service occurs annually and takes place during the Lenten period (a season of preparation before Easter, 40 days before Easter). Palm Sunday takes place the Sunday before Easter Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent. I chose to observe this space because I was interested in experiencing it as a performance and viewing it through a different lens and was also interested to see how different my experience would be this year in a different church. I had attended the Palm Sunday service many times before and prior to attending the service I wrote down all the themes within the service I could recall. I planned to attend the service with these themes in mind while trying to see how this year's service differed from the services I had attended before and what other themes I observed in this particular performance of Palm Sunday. I both observed and participated in the service while mentally noting themes during the service. The service lasted an hour and a half and I observed the entire service. I found it difficult to view the service as a ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 20. A Bethlehem Experience : Joseph And Mary A Bethlehem Experience Joseph and Mary did not know they were going to be in the Bible. Shirley and I did not expect to walk in their shoes as we anticipated the birth of our first child. During my first year in theological training, we were able to find lodging with a senior gentleman who lived within walking distance of the College. We had an upstairs bedroom of our own and a respectful use of the house with due care given to our landlord's needs. While I worked on my Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Shirley worked equally hard on her P.T.H (Putting Hubby Through) by helping me with research and typing essay upon essay. She was as well versed in the disciplines of theology as anyone enrolled in the formal courses. Since she was expecting our first child and experiencing the accompanying morning sickness, she chose to stay at home assisting in this way as long as I could support the both of us by means of summer employment at the local Golf Course, preaching on weekends, and scholarships and bursaries. When we took up residence with our kindly landlord, it was with his full knowledge that we were expecting an addition, and we were fully prepared to find other accommodations once we were more familiar with the city. He would not hear of such a thing and assured us that a baby in the house would in no way be an unwanted invasion of his privacy or personal ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 21. Paschal Mystery : Central And Catholic Faith Paschal Mystery is central to Catholic faith and fundamental to salvation theology. The Paschal Mystery is most directly associated with the passion, death, resurrection, and glorification of Jesus Christ. This research paper explores the meaning, effect, and working of the Paschal Mystery and how the faithful actively participates in the Paschal Mystery today. Other Paschal Mystery themes will be explored within the context of the New Testament to include: (1) life is greater than death, (2) forgiveness is greater than sin and (3) light is greater than darkness. Etymology of Paschal Mystery "The word Paschal is the English adjectival of the Greek word pascha, which is derived from the Hebrew word pesah (or pesach), which means passover" (St. Mary's Press, 1) see the pdf to get footnote info. Paschal pertains to the Jewish feast of Passover, when the Exodus as the path from slavery to freedom is celebrated and the Passover lamb is slain and eaten" (Harrington, 30). Harrington, Daniel J. "Celebrating the Paschal Mystery." America Mar 2008: 30–1. ProQuest. 15 Nov. 2014 The Passover foreshadows God's plan for salvation and there are numerous parallels between the Passover and the saving work of Christ as listed below: People dominated by foreign entities – Egyptian and Roman Savior to lead them to freedom – Moses and Jesus New Code of Life – Ten Commandments and Beatitudes Save by shedding of innocent blood – Paschal Lamb and Christ Let to different state – No ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 22. The Important Beliefs Celebrated at Easter and How They... The Important Beliefs Celebrated at Easter and How They are Celebrated Easter Sunday comes at the end of holy week which consists of many days which have a significant meaning. The six weeks leading up to easter is called lent and this is celebrated by many people giving up one of their luxuries, for example, chocolates and sweets. They do this because they are remembering when jesus was in the desert and was tempted by the devil and how jesus rejected his offer. During the time of lent, comes a day called ash Wednesday which certain churches have the ceremony of putting ash on to the foreheads of people as a symbol of receieving forgiveness. Holy week begins with Palm Sunday, and this remembers ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Good Friday remembers how jesus was crucified which is a serious and sombre occasion. It is called Good Friday because people remember how jesus sacrificed his own life to save mankind. The anglican, Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches are stripped of all colourful decorations, crosses, candles and hangings. This is to remind the worshipers of the fact that jesus felt deserted and desolate on the cross. On Good Friday, when people attend the church, the story of The Passion is read, and in some churches the priest will enveil a crucifix and say 'this is the wood of the cross on which the saviour of the world died.' The people will then walk up to the alter to kiss the feet of the carved christ as a mark of respect. Free churches will not have the same ritual, but they will have a service in which the Passion story is read and thanks will be given to Jesus for going on the cross and saving humanity from their sins. Easter Saturday is when Roman Catholic, Orthodox and many Anglican churches keep an easter vigil on the Saturday evening. The congregation gather outside the church where a bonfire is burning. A large candle is brought out, called the Paschal candle. It has a cross on it and the greek letters alpha and omega. The priest places five ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 23. Personal Narrative: A Career In Christianity Someone's religious affiliations and backgrounds can be fairly diverse and complicated. My own religious background in Christianity, however, is fairly simple. My parents only played a minor role in my religious practices, but the biggest influence on that would actually be the friends that I have made while here at Iowa State University. In order to fully explain my background in Christianity and the reasons to why I practice this religion today, I feel like it is necessary to explain what brought me to Christ in the first place. My parents are kind of strange, but are part of the reason to why I began gaining an interest in Christ. My dad is an Atheist while my mom is a Christian, but while they were married, my dad basically stopped my ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... One of the main areas that I am currently struggling to understand at the moment, however, deals with the plan that God has for me. For example, everywhere I look, I see friends getting into relationships and getting married. This makes me wonder when, if ever, I will be blessed with a girlfriend and then a wife. Another example of this is that it bugs me that I still have absolutely no idea what I am going to do after I graduate with my degree in psychology. I figured that I would have had everything all figured out by now, but the reality is that I don't have anything figured out at all. I have tried numerous times to try and figure out a reason to why I haven't found a girlfriend yet or to why I am still unsure of my future career, but I have come up empty handed for the most part. The conclusions that I have come up with all revolve around the idea that I am not quite ready for that stage of my life yet. So, for the time–being, I guess the only thing that I can do is to continue my walk with Christ and continue to grow closer to Him and trust that He has the best plan for me. In conclusion, my start in Christianity was a bit later than some, but a bit earlier than others. I have learned, and continue to learn so much about God, myself, and the world around me from the bible, my family, and my peers. I will always have many questions that are unanswered, but I know that God has the best plan for me, which is why I keep believing in Christ's name and strive to live my life in a way that glorifies ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 24. Christianity the most Universal Religion Christianity Christianity is the most universal religious belief in the world. Christians are divided into three different groups Orthodox (Eastern Countries), Roman Catholics and protestants (Europe, America, Australia). Also, there are hundreds of smaller groups called denominations. All the different groups don't follow the same teachings but they all share the same beliefs. Christianity originated in Palestine, a Jewish province of the Roman Empire.The religion that is now known as christian has now spread all over the world. As converts to Christianity increased, the religion spread. The first century of the era was a time of suffering, revolution, and instability. Jesus of Nazareth was a phenomenal person who changed the lives of many. Jesus is the messiah, who brings death on the cross for our salvation sins. Jesus was born to the mother of Mary in the first century in Palestine. Mary was told by an angel that she would have a son of god. Peter one of the leaders of the early christians had a vision that a huge piece of cloth was getting let down by the god. The cloth was filled with animals, reptiles, and birds. Peter went with the messengers to Cornelius house to preach about god. The time period that Moses was born the hebrews in egypt were slaves. Pharoh demanded that all young baby boys must be killed so they don't fight against him . The mother had a plan and sent him in a basket across the nile river. Moses grew up as an egyptian prince because he was ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 25. The Importance Of Violence In Sunday Bloody Sunday Evil is extremely apparent in the world today, but for how long will people stand idly by as it continues to worsen? The song "Sunday Bloody Sunday," written by U2, suggests that the only valid response to the violence that occurred in Northern Ireland in the 1970s is condemnation. The writers not only condemn the brutality of that time, but, in a broader sense, condemn violence as a whole, showing that there are no positive outcomes to violence, only more violence. Therefore, people must rise up, united against the violence that exists in this world today. An important aspect that is important to understand, regarding the theme of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," is the historical context around which it was written. Although U2 wrote the song specifically about an event that took place on January 30, 1972, or "Bloody Sunday," the violence was a part of a more complicated and long–running issue between Ireland and England. This violence also took place as a result of a civil rights movement in Ireland that occurred from 1968 to 1969. Many of these activists looked up to people like Martin Luther King, Jr. for inspiration about peaceful protest. Nonetheless, in 1969, after multiple occasions of violence at protests, the "British troops assumed riot duty" (Pringle and Larson). This event became one of the inciting incidents that led to the violence that happened on Bloody Sunday, only a few years later. The issues with protesting, despite the presence of British troops, did not ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 26. Ready Player One Is Made By Ernest Cline Ready Player One is made by Ernest Cline is his first novel made in 2011. Ernest Cline says that he is a "screenwriter, spoken–word artist, and full–time geek" and he currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and his daughter. Throughout the book 's journey, he had many different variations of the story. Speaking of the story, in the year 2044 the world isn 't a great place to live. The energy crisis is a large threat, people are starving, and many people are in poverty. Even though the world isn 't in the best place in the world, there is one thing that people enjoy. It 's called OASIS,: it stands for Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation. This device is used as a multi– platform, massively multiplayer, ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... These guys are called Gunters; these guys are going after Halliday 's Easter Egg which is a contest to win the company the owns the OASIS. Like in every story, there has to be an antagonist or business rather. Meet IOI or Interactive Online Industries, which is hated by most everyone in the OASIS community. They want to control the free OASIS and charge people for usages. Like every company, there are different divisions, like the Oology division. This division was created to hunt after Halliday 's Easter Egg to win over the OASIS, the Oology division's head and is the main antagonist of the story. I didn 't even tell about James Halliday; he is the owner of GSS, Gregarious Simulation Systems (Originally Gregarious Games before OASIS was released). Halliday was the introverted genius that created many award winning and astounding games. Halliday and Ogden Morrow founded GSS, Og was the business end of GSS and was the social one of the duo. He ran the publishing, advertising, and most of the interviews. Og had many different meetings when Halliday died, at the beginning of the book the creator of OASIS died and a video was released about Halliday 's Easter Egg. This contest was used to find the new heir to the throne of GSS and OASIS. Halliday 's Easter Egg also came with a large sum of cash to sweeten the pot. Naturally, this contest is widely popular, and everyone is looking to find the first of the three gates to finish the ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 27. Sonoran Desert Research Paper The cultural group that I am researching is the Yaqui (Sonoran Desert, U.S. and Mexico). The topic I have chosen to research is the different rituals the Yaqui perform. The reason I chose to research the Yaqui is because they're indigenous to the same region as I am. The Yaqui, "people of Sonora [Mexico] settled along the Yaqui river... many Yaqui emigrated to Arizona to escape subjugation" ("Yaqui." Columbia 2016). Growing up I never realized how much history took place in Southern Arizona, so it's interesting to be able to learn about the people who made Arizona the state it is today. It's very important for me to learn about the Yaqui, since the Pascua Yaqui tribe is based right here in Tucson, Arizona. Knowing the history of your state, country, culture, etc. is important so that you understand the present times and how the future could be formed. As for choosing to research the rituals of the Yaqui, I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn about the different rituals that take place in their everyday lives and how these ceremonies differ from events that take place in my own life. The Yaqui have evolved themselves into having a blended religion, with the use of syncretism. Syncretism is, "the mixing/blending of elements from two or more cultural sources to produce a new third culture or ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Matachin dancers perform during Yaqui Easter ceremonies or any other festivities. The Matachin, "represents the forces of good" (Yaqui Easter Ceremony 2009). The dancers wear bright colored clothing and have headdresses decorated with red desert flowers. These desert flowers have great symbol to the Yaqui, and "symbolize the Virgin Mary" (Yaqui Easter Ceremony 2009). Both the Matachin dancers and roses combined represent the spirit of the Virgin Mary, whom "looks favorable on the Yaqui people" (Yaqui Easter Ceremony 2009). Having these dancers brings about the good, and forces out evil within the Yaquis ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 28. Reflection On Reflection Of Jesus Jesus' tells a parable about a man who was going away on a journey. This man was rich and before he left on this trip, he very generously gave and entrusted some of his property to 3 of his servants. What he had given to them was no small amount! Yet, the master was also very wise in his giving. He knew each of these people well and he gave to each of them according to their ability. He didn't give any servant more than that which he could handle. For us, who have the entirety of Scripture to look at, it's not difficult to understand what Jesus is teaching His disciples. He was their master and He was about to leave them on a journey – a journey to the cross – where He would rise from the dead and be seated at the right hand of the Father Almighty! Quite a journey indeed!!! "Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you." (John 16:7) Even though Christ was leaving the disciples that did not mean that his work would come to an end. He promises to give his servants everything they need to carry on in His work. The Helper – the Spirit of Truth – was to come, and come it did, as a gift given on the day of Pentecost. Like the master in the parable, Christ Jesus shows this generosity to all His servants. Just take a moment and think about all the spiritual blessings that He has poured into your life. You are a member of his own household – His Chruch. By His blood, He has rescued you from the slavery of sin, death and the devil. In the waters of Holy Baptism, He has made you a royal servant in His kingdom that has no end. He gives you the Gospel in Word and Sacrament, to strengthen, grow and mature the gift of faith that He created in you. He has given you many brothers and sisters – a congregation of like–minded Christians – to admonish, support and encourage you. What we have been given and entrusted by our Master, Christ Jesus, is likewise – no small amount! What about our Master's generosity in other areas? To each one of us he has given a unique set of talents and abilities. Some have skills in carpentry, woodworking or construction. Some in cooking or providing. Some are gifted in music. Some have abilities in teaching, ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 29. A New Day Of A New Year's Day New Year's Day/ New Year's Eve Happy New Year Everyone! As we go into 2018, we look to new horizons and opportunities. The best time to start a new beginning is now. Here in the U.S. we pop the champagne and watch the ball drop; whereas, in England, the first guest after the New Year brings good fortune. "The English custom for welcoming New Year is full of hospitality and warmth. They believe that the first guest for the year would bring fortune for them. He should be a male, should enter through the front door and bear some traditional gifts like loaf for the kitchen, drink for the head of the family and coal to light the fire, otherwise, he is not allowed. They believe that these bring good luck throughout the year." Martyr's Day–Panama Today is a day of grieving for our fellow co–workers in Panama. The Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training defines Martyr's Day as "On January 9,1964, grievances between native Panamanians and "Zonians", or Americans residing within the U.S.–controlled Canal Zone, boiled over into a series of anti– American riots which resulted in an evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Panama City, widespread looting, and dozens of deaths. Most importantly, this uprising honored annually in Panama as Martyr's Day eventually led to a renegotiation of the original 1903 treaty and is commonly remembered as the beginning of the end of American hegemony over the Panama Canal Zone." Today we remember the lives lost on this day. Martin Luther King ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 30. Samalan Christmas Religion In Spain, Samana Santa is the most spectacular one–week celebration of Easter that I have ever seen. It is a week of celebration leading to Easter weekend. Although it is celebrated all over the Spain, the one in Seville is one of the most elaborate ones. It is very normal to experience cultural shock when living in a different country, but during this week, I experienced one of the greatest cultural shocks. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the processions and learning about the history and the reasoning behind them, I was shocked to see the costumes of the people who took part in the religious processions. Samana Santa, known as the Holy Week in English, consists of religious processions every day. It is a time when the devotees recognize and repent for their wrongdoings, reflecting the fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save them. People from various brotherhoods called the cofradias, participate in the processions. In Seville, there are 55 ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... After researching and talking to the Sevillanos, I found that the Nazarenos have been dressing like this for more than 500 years, which is well before KKK originated. There is no defined link between the two, but there is a possibility that one of the KKK members must have witnessed the Samana Santa parade and gotten inspired by their costume. Unlike KKK, there is a very religious reason behind why the Nazarenos dress up like that. Walking for about eight hours in the burning sun, while wearing that costume is a sign of penance. They cover their faces in mourning and as a sign that they are shameful for the sins that they have committed. On the morning of Easter Sunday, they remove their head covers to mark the end of the mourning. After learning about the reason behind this costume and the tradition associated with it, I think it is shame to associate this sacred event with the ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 31. Reflection Paper I saw Jesus for the first time when I was 15 years old. I had been a wreck for weeks, extremely anxious about death, pain and the horrors of life, but everything changed as I went with my father to an ordinary, boring Lutheran church service on April 2, 2006. I had been in church countless times before, but I had never actually listened to what they were saying, I was merely sitting in the church pew, wishing I was home playing Super Mario. Now, I pricked up my ears as I heard that we believe in "the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting", as the Apostles' Creed says. I thought: "Wait, do we? That's amazing!" I started to pray and read the Bible, and I just drank the wonderful words of Jesus: "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die" (Jn 11:25–26) or "The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us." (1 Jn 1:2). However, it didn't take too long before I started to doubt. How do I know that God even exists? And how do I know that Jesus had better insights in who God is than Muhammad or Buddha? One evening I simply kneeled down in my room and prayed "God, I want to see You. Show Yourself to me!" I hadn't read the Old Testament warnings that seeing the Lord will result in sudden death (Ex 19:21), so I prayed passionately about this for over 20 ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 32. The Easter Controversy Essay The Easter Controversy Easter is the most important celebration for Christianity because it commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, a foundational notion upon which the faith is built. Accordingly, it is the principle feast and the high point of the ecclesiastical year, which has been an established tradition as old as Christianity. Easter has been universally observed since the middle of the second century. The original celebration generally consisted of a vigil with readings followed by a feast with the Eucharist. This was a time for rejoicing because the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus were seen as a saving unit. Christ's transition from death to resurrection, which ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... By the end of the second century, the majority of the Western churches had come to celebrate the Resurrection on the Sunday that followed the 14th day of the Jewish month Nisan. The Western Asiatic churches commemorated Jesus' death rather than His resurrection and observed it on the 14th day of Nisan, whether that day fell on a Sunday or not. Therefore, what became known as the Easter Controversy was not an argument over the day of Jesus' resurrection, but rather a disagreement over what day was most appropriate to commemorate it annually (Catholic Encyclopedia). The Easter Controversy is the name given to the drawn out dispute in the early Church over the exact date for the celebration of Easter. As previously mentioned, this disagreement originated between the West and East at about the middle of the second century. Basically, what was under concern was whether the Easter celebration must be observed on a Sunday or if it should be celebrated on the 14th day of Nisan, regardless of the day on which this date may fall. This was the day on which the Jews celebrated Passover, which is why the Eastern churches like in Asia felt that since the two festivals were related, it was only fitting to celebrate Easter on that same day. Although these followers claimed to have received this practice from certain Apostles, specifically John and Philip, they were ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 33. Essay on The Christian Calendar The Christian Calendar The festivals dotting the Christian Calendar are marked by general out pourings of devotion, mourning and joy according to the religious significance of these days. Some common festivals celebrated by Christians are the days commemorating the major Christian events like Christmas for the birth of Jesus Christ and Easter for his martyrdom and resurrection. Other popular events usually mark the birth or the feast days of famous Saints. These occasions are celebrated with great enthusiasm; the people observe the time worn customs and traditions associated with each festival, which make each of these festivals, a unique experience. Month Date Day Festival January 1 Monday New Year's Day ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Christmas primarily celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the father of the Christian religion. The word Christmas comes from the Old English word – Cristes Maesse or Christ's Mass. However, the celebrations and customs related to the day have evolved over the years. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, who was believed to be the saviour of mankind. Christmas has always been one of the favourite times of the year for everyone through out the world. The magical events of Christmas are believed to hold each and everyone's heart with joy and freshness. These magical events have been recreated in the many traditions followed during Christmas. The Christmas tree, the star, Santa Claus and the ginger bread man are some traditions that all combine to form the spirit of Christmas. The traditions of Christmas have been aggregated from over half a dozen cultures and accumulated over the centuries. An in–depth look in into its tradition, and one is moved with all the sentiments, symbols and meaning associated with Christmas. All of which combine to give a touch of liveliness and harmony to the season of celebrations. However, no matter which part of the world you are in, the tradition of Christmas blossoms with fun and celebration and carries along with it faith, hope and love. Christmas Day Places like Rome, Europe, Scandinavia and many others have celebrated the peak winter days with a grand feast and a lot of gaiety ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 34. Why Do Australia Celebrate Easter Sun Day "Easter celebrates the promise of life in the face of death." It is a time to reflect on "suffering, injustice, hardship, peace and forgiveness". Christians in Australia celebrate Easter as the time where Jesus was crucified and then resurrected 2 days after, however non Christians celebrate Easter with family and friends in many different secular ways. The two main days for all Australians are Good friday and Easter sunday.When Jesus died on the cross, his body was put in a tomb sealed by a large stone. The Gospel says that on Easter sunday Jesus' friend Mary went to the tomb and discovered the stone had been moved and Jesus' body was gone. Christians believe Jesus' Resurrection means that they too, can receive new life after death. Good friday ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... The first part of Easter is Lent, a period of about 40 days before Easter Sunday that begins on Ash wednesday. During Lent, Christians prepare for Easter. They consider it as a time for penance, "a time to show sorrow for sins and to seek forgiveness."2 One common form of penance is fasting, which limits the kinds or amounts of foods eaten. Holy Week is the final week of Lent which recalls the events before Jesus's death and resurrection. Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week that celebrates the story of Jesus' "triumphant entry into Jerusalem".2 Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday, remembers Jesus's last meal and his imprisonment. On this day Jesus went to pray in the garden of Gethsemane, when his friend Judas betrayed him and arrived with a group of men with swords who had been sent by the priests to arrest Jesus. Jesus was then questioned by the council and it was decided he would be crucified. Holy Saturday is essentially a day of "solemn vigil".1 The primary activity of the day comes at nightfall as the observance of Jesus' Resurrection approaches. Easter Sunday is followed by a 50–day period ending on Pentecost, a Jewish festival for Christians to commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus Christ's disciples on the seventh Sunday after ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 35. The Italian Born Community in Australia The Italian born community is the largest overseas born community in Australia. The majority of Italians came in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. World War II Italy was in a political and economic mess which motivated many people to come to Australia. This mass exodus from Italy was accelerated by a bi–lateral agreement between Australia and Italy, which allowed Italians to apply for assisted passage. The majority of Italians migrants to Australia have come from five major regions: Calabria, Puglia, Campania, Veneto, and Friuli–Venezia Giulia. Today, the Italian community live together in specific areas. This provides the atmosphere of community closeness and support which is very important to them. The loss of community supporting structure in Italy was gradually replaced by the development of similar supports in Australia. Today, over 120 Italian associations, organizations and clubs exist. They range from welfare organizations and religious associations to recreational, sporting and regional clubs. For many Australian Italians these organizations are meeting places where they can speak their own language/dialect and maintain their cultural identity. The nature of Italian migration to Australia has meant that over 40 percent of the community are now over 65 years at the 2001 Census. A large percentage of older Italians do not speak English well and as such community efforts in the recent past have focused on meeting the needs of the aged. Most Italian migrants came from the ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 36. Persuasive Essay "I am SO hungry." "I should've ordered two steaks." "Guys, I literally can't wait one more second to eat my garlic mashed potatoes." Nora and Sydney run to the bathroom giggling, skipping along. Shortly after they return our steaming, delicious smelling meals are set in front of us. We are devouring our juicy steaks, savory potatoes, tender lobster, and crunchy chicken strips when something behind the over towering brick fire place dividing the dining room from the bar makes a popping sound louder than I've ever heard before. I think to myself, "Was that a celebration coming from a champagne bottle? No... much louder than that. Did someone actually bring a firework into The Firebirds restaurant?" Then another pop and suddenly the whole ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... My dad abruptly stands up in his chair to get a better view of the event. "What in the hell? What the?" More swearing follows and I'm not sure if it came from my dad or another person in the restaurant. Suddenly, a few men from further back in the restaurant come gliding through the dining area towards the bar. In their hands? Guns. Again my dad is yelling, this time, "shoot that bastard". I suddenly realize the noise was not a firework or even a champagne bottle, it was gun shot. Before I can think much more, commands are yelled at us to be quiet and to get down. Next, I am under the dining table where I was once enjoying my juicy steak now "hiding" with my loved ones. I look to Charlie and ask, "is this really happening right now?", he looks at me dead in the eye and nods. I turn to my mom and see her sobbing and keep repeating, "I can't believe this is happening to us." It felt like we were under the tables for an eternity. After a few minutes I looked over by the steps into another level of the dining room to find my grandparents friends crouched down who just happened to be at the restaurant as well. The woman and I made eye contact and she scooted over. She assured me we were ok but someone was shot dead in the bar. Suddenly another command was shouted at us, "Everyone get out!". Swarms of people started running out the back door and once everyone got out of Firebirds, we had to jump the fence–railing that was like a barrier to the ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 37. The Importance Of The Easter Vigil At the Easter Vigil, "a blazing fire is prepared... outside the church... on this most sacred night, in which... [the Catholic Church celebrates the] Lord Jesus Christ['s passing]... over from death to life." The fire is then blessed by the priest. After igniting and blessing the Easter fire, "one of the [attending] ministers brings the paschal candle to the priest, who cuts a cross into the candle... Then he makes the Greek letter Alpha above the cross, the letter Omega below, and the four numerals of the current year between the arms of the cross." After marking the Christ candle with all the symbols just mentioned, "the priest may insert five grains of incense into the Easter candle in the form of a cross." These two ritual actions (i.e. the blessing of the fire and the preparation of the Paschal candle) are essential moments in the Easter Vigil liturgy. This paper will explore why these two ceremonial actions are significant to the Catholic Church. To fully appreciate why these two actions are so meaningful, it is necessary to examine four questions. First, what is the historical and symbolic background of these two actions? Second, how are these two procedures initiatory? Third, what do they teach us about the initiatory process? Fourth, what do these two ritualistic actions suggest for parish life? The steps of starting and blessing the Easter fire have a rich historical background within the Catholic Church. According to the rubrics of The Roman Missal, the "fire should be ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 38. The Super Bowl "My spirit is broken, my days are cut short, the grave awaits me." (job 17:10 NIV) Well, it 's finished. The Super Bowl is done and Denver begins their reign as champions of the NFL. For all of its overhype, I have to admit I enjoy the Super Bowl. I look forward to it even if my favorite teams aren 't playing. Actually my favorite teams haven 't played in a Super Bowl in a long time. But I enjoy the hype leading up to it. I enjoy all of the analysis. I enjoy watching the commercials , at least most of them. I remain more than a bit uncomfortable with the puppy/monkey/baby creature. Mascots should make you want to buy the product, not create an urge to garb a baseball bat and try to kill it while you mutter prayers to send it back to the Netherworld from which it came. And this game, at least on paper had a lot going for it. The old pro versus the brash young gunslinging quarterback. One QB a physical phenom, the other moving as if he is put together by bailing wire. A top offense versus a crippling defense. In some ways that 's what you want to see in a Super Bowl. But what I enjoy the most is the after game interviews and press conferences. Well, specifically the interviews with the losers. Please don 't think I 'm being particularly sadistic about that. But let 's face it, the interviews with the winners are pretty boring. They all pretty much say the same thing. They thank their teammates, family and owners. talk about giving 100%, its a team effort. And ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 39. Analysis Of The Lenten Reflections From A Father Who Keeps... Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises Scott Hahn's purpose for the Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises is to share the biblical story of God's covenant love in salvation history each day beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending with Divine Mercy Sunday. Hahn provides reflections for each day retelling the stories that make up the Story. Scripture testifies to how God has cared for his family throughout the ages, making a way for his children to live with him forever. As the Lenten season begins, God's master plan is to form and fashion a human family to share in the infinite love of the Trinity (Hahn, 1997, p. 1). Starting with Ash Wednesday, Hahn compares how despite a father's best intentions to keep his promises, he is only human, and will not always be around when his children need him the most, while our eternal Father, God, will never fail to fulfill his word. Week one of the Lenten season starts with the Creation story. The creation account addresses not how, but what and why God created demonstrating a profound complementarily of religion and science, faith and reason. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1), to point out the two main realms within creation: the spiritual and the material. Spiritual refers to the immaterial realm, which is occupied by pure spirits and the "heavenly hosts", while material points to the earthly habitat God made for humanity. Week two starts by revealing sin as a ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...