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Pentecost, The Holy Spirit Descended like a Dove. Cut out on cardstock, doves, decorated by the Sunday School, with handwritten scriptural verses by the adults, attached to helium balloons (red), symbolic of the tongues of fire that were on each of the believers. These are waiting in the narthex entryway on Pentecost Sunday, and after the service, one is taken by each member, and released outside, symbolic of the releasing of the Holy Spirit in our own lives.

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Origins Of Modern Easter Traditions

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Good Friday, which occurs at the end of Lent, brings a day of fasting, reflection, and for many, a m... - Wikimedia Commons

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Easter

For Christians, Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ -- and arguably the most important date on the religious calendar. Easter marks the end of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting

"I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit." — Kahlil Gibran

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What Does Maundy Thursday Mean?

Maundy Thursday is a common and popular name for Holy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter Sunday. Maundy Thursday gets its name from the Latin word mandatum, which means "commandment." On Maundy Thursday, the Catholic Church commemorates Christ's Last Supper, at which He instituted the Eucharist, the Mass, and the priesthood. Since 1969, Maundy Thursday has marked the end of the liturgical season of Lent in the Catholic Church (though not of the Lenten fast).

Ash Wednesday altar: jute/stones representing Christ in the desert at the beginning of his ministry...dried palms/ashes representing the end of his ministry...purple behind the jute for the season of Lent

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Lent - it'd be a little better if it made a little clearer the difference between the discipline (practices) of Lent (fasting etc. - not on Sunday but basically continued up to Easter Vigil) and the Liturgical designation of Lent (on Sundays and ends Holy Thursday). A distinction that has confused many Catholics including priests. Want to know more - just ask - I'll take you on a short historical, geographical tour.

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