We learned a new technique this year from some of our artistic friends. Ukrainian Egg Painting! It's lots of fun - holy fun! It's one way to prepare for Easter - decorating the eggs which are a symbol of new life. We meditate on Our Lord emerging from the tomb and then there was an earthquake! The rock is rolled back. The little chick emerges from the cracked egg, a symbol of the opened tomb, a new little life created by God. Many different cultures use the Easter Egg in a variety of ways. There are Easter Egg hunts in many cultures; In Germany little portable trees are decorated with painted eggs; in the US, the Easter Egg Roll is an annual event which symbolizes the rolling away of the Stone on Easter Sunday; in Sweden on the Easter Vigil, they decorate cooked eggs which will be eaten at Easter Dinner; some European children go from house to house begging for Easter eggs; and Yugoslavians paint XV on their eggs which mean "Christ is Risen!" In the past eating eggs during Lent was forbidden, so it was a treat, anticipated with great joy, to have eggs for Easter. Jesus Christ is risen! He is truly risen! Happy Easter!!
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TO ADORE OUR LORD!
The Franciscan Handmaids of the Immaculate seek daily to draw closer to Our Lord. Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament is fundamental to Our spiritual life as we seek to conform our hearts unto His. Additionally, praying the Liturgy of the Hours, the rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Sorrows, we place ourselves in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, asking Her to bring us closer to Her Son.