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Source: Western Cape Provincial Government
Title: Rasool: Easter wishes
Easter wishes from Premier Rasool
Easter is the holiest time of the religious year for our Christian
sisters and brothers. It is a time rich in spiritual symbolism and
tradition dating back to the earliest commemorations of the
capture, trial, death and resurrection of Jesus.
The build up to Easter starts on Ash Wednesday when ash from the
palms used in the previous year's Palm Sunday procession is applied
in the sign of the cross on the foreheads of Christians as a mark
of penance. The 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday
is called Lent and is observed as a time of self denial and
On Palm Sunday Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem is remembered,
when crowds of poor people proclaimed him an earthly King and waved
palms of welcome. On the Thursday night of the Holy Week that
followed however, Jesus celebrated the 'Last Supper' or Jewish
Passover meal with his twelve apostles and then was arrested for
treason while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, betrayed by
Jesus was condemned to death by crucifixion by the religious and
political leaders of the day. He carried his own cross to the Place
of the Skull on the outskirts of the city where he was crucified
with two thieves on Good Friday. Churches are stripped bare of
ornaments at this time to rep resent the absence of Jesus.
Christians remember the 'Seven Words of the Cross' and supernatural
events of Good Friday with prayer vigils. A great sadness at Jesus'
sacrifice to reconcile humanity to God prevails. Traditionally, hot
cross buns, which signify the crucifixion, are served on Good
On Easter Sunday, however, Mary Magdalene's discovery of the empty
tomb and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead is cause for great
celebration and thanksgiving. Easter eggs are exchanged to
symbolise the empty tomb.
I wish all who will travel this spiritual journey of Jesus a time
of great meaning and growth. Jesus is respected and loved by so
many religions and teaches us that we gain much more by investing
in a better future than seeking glory for a day.
Issued by: Office of the Premier, Western Cape Provincial
13 April 2006