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1st May 2011


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 01 May 2011

 

 

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Like Rabbits and Hares, Eggs & Chicks are often associated with Easter because, in Pagan times, they were signs of Fertility and New Life. The Early Christians took over the meaning of New Life because it helped them remember the Resurrection and having New Life through Jesus.

 

Eggs were used by the ancient Persians and Egyptians to celebrate New Year, which happened for them in spring time. The eggs were coloured and eaten during the celebrations. In Europe, coloured eggs were used to celebrate Easter as house decorations. In Eastern European countries, such as Hungary and Romania, wooden eggs are beautifully painted in lots of different patterns. The patterns often have special names and meanings and help to tell the Easter Story. In Russia, during the early years of the 20th century, the former Royal rulers Czar Alexander III and Czar Nicholas II had some very special Easter Eggs made for them by the jeweller Carl Fabergé.

 

The first egg was a gift from Alexander III to his wife, was made of gold and white enamel. Inside the egg was a golden yolk containing a golden hen with ruby eyes. Inside the hen was a tiny golden crown. It was so beautiful that the Czar said that every Easter, Fabergé should make the Czarina a special egg. The design of the egg was left up to Fabergé, but each egg had to have a surprise in it. One amazing egg celebrated the opening of the Trans-Siberian railway. It was made of solid silver, with a map of the train route on it. The stations were marked with precious Jewels, and inside was a gold clockwork train! Fabergé made eggs for other members of the Russian royal family, and occasionally for the Czar to present to other monarchs. They are very precious, and are kept in royal collections and museums.

 

In some countries, egg hunts take place over Easter. Eggs are hidden around a house or garden and children have to find them. Sometimes they are told that the eggs were hidden by the Easter Hare or Bunny.

 

Egg rolling races are held all over the world on Easter Monday. Eggs are rolled down a hill or slope and the first one to reach the bottom that hasn't broken is the winner. There is also an egg-knocking game is played in lots of countries including France, Germany, Norway and Syria. The game is played with hard boiled ones and is a bit like the game of 'conkers'. The object of the game is to hit everyone else's egg and to keep your own one unbroken. The last player with a whole egg is declared the winner.

 

Chocolate Eggs have replaced wooden ones now and are certainly a lot nicer to eat!

 

From the Internet on “Easter Customs”

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

                        563                              488

                        Ps                                181

                        272                              25

                        280                              127/299

                        532                              532

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Val Gerrard, Dorothy Burton, Mavis Pick, Frank & Dorothy Shelton, Helen Zeter, Harry & Mary Townsend, Francis & Joyce Wright, Mavis Foster, Baby Tristan Simms, Kerris Sutherland, Linda Timms, Malcolm Nixon, Pat Wynne, Margaret Stubbs, Amy Bolderstone,  Ben King, Malcolm Clark, Jess Franklin, Poppy Buckley, Jessie Moore, Gerard Wood, Christine Thomas, Noelle Emery, Sarah Wright, Terry Malkin, Lawrence Austin, Barbara Thornicroft

And for the departed:

Glyn Jones, Mildred Johnson

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 3rd 11.45-1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 5th 10.30am Holy Communion St Michael & St Wulfad

Saturday 7th – St Michael & St Wulfad Open Day 10am-2pm

 

CHURCH OPEN DAY Volunteers required to be in St M&W next Saturday (7th) as stewards, during the Farmer’s Market. List at the back of Church to be completed

 

SHALLOWFORD HOUSE  AGM and Supper – Thursday May 5th 7pm. Worship, AGM & Supper, with Compline led by the Bishop of Lichfield’s Chaplain, the Rev’d Peter Whalley. All welcome – telephone Sylvia on 815571 if you are attending or book with the Director