Easter and Paganism, by John Morgan – Our Celtic Traditions

An excellent post by my friend John Morgan, on the subject of Easter, its origins, calculations, etc.

One still gets those who say that it is borrowed from Paganism, and while it seems reasonably certain that the English / Germanic name for this holiday was adopted via a month-name (“Ēastermōnaþ” and variations on the linguistic theme) from Eostre (reconstructed OHG *Ostara), a purported goddess who – interestingly enough – is attested only in the works of St. Bede the Venerable, the Anglo-Saxon Christian proto-historian (!), and while there has clearly been some borrowing / adoption / adaption of existing European folk traditions as Christianity moved out of its original Mediterranean context and into Western and Northern Europe, associating Easter with goddesses like Ishtar and Astarte is… well, let’s just be gentle, and say it’s a stretch. 🙂

Historically, as John points out, the dating of Easter is based on the dating of the Jewish feast of Passover; the only parallel with European Paganism is that both had Spring feasts in the vicinity of the Vernal Equinox, and/or the Full Moon nearest to it. There is nothing surprising about such parallels, and it doesn’t imply a connection, other than a basic human one.

Similarly, for the early Christian evangelists of Anglo-Saxon England to find parallels between a month dedicated to the dawn, rising sun, increasing light, etc., and Jesus, who was known as the Day-Star, compared to the Dayspring (dawn), hailed as the Sun of Righteousness, and called by the Gospel-writer St. John the “light [which] shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” is hardly surprising!

Theologically, of course, there are considerable differences between the Christian message and the Pagan myths which preceded it. Christians – myself included – would point out that these were prefigurings, foreshadowings, of the “true myth” (C.S. Lewis) which is Christianity; the “dying god” of Paganism being a shadow of the form (to put it in Platonic terms) which was embodied and given geographical and historical, and of course human, context in Jesus of Nazareth: the Incarnate Word of God. For more on this, see my reflections on “Christianity in an Age of Unbelief,” posted earlier.

At any rate, click the link, read the post. Most excellent!
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Marine Le Pen – Campaign Ad 1 (English Subtitles) “In the Name of the People” – YouTube

The French national elections are almost  upon us – the first round is on the 23rd of April. The two top scorers then face off in a second round on May 7th. Mme Le Pen is expected to win the first round. However, Emmanuel Macron, a centre-left politician in the mould of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, is favoured to win round two.

Says Mme Le Pen:

“I have always said that I’d like to be up against Emmanuel Macron in the second round because then the choice will be clear-cut.

“He is an unashamed globalist who wants to speed up the total opening of borders, free-exchange, and the evisceration of France in favour of private and financial interests.

“I, on the other hand, propose a return to the nation-state, the most effective structure to ensure security, prosperity, and democracy, and to protect our identity.”

It is not my place or intention to tell the French people what they should do. But I believe that Marine Le Pen would be a far better choice for France. We shall see what the voters decide!

Le Pen: Pope ‘Asks that States Go Against Their Own People’ by Opening Borders

French presidential frontrunner Marine Le Pen has criticised the Pope for pressuring Western countries to open their borders to migrants, accusing him of asking states to disregard their own citizens.

Source: Le Pen: Pope ‘Asks that States Go Against Their Own People’ by Opening Borders

In an interview with La Croix International, the leader of the Front National chided Pope Francis for asking “that states go against the interests of their own people by not placing conditions on the acceptance of significant numbers of migrants” …

“To me, this falls within the realm of politics and even interference, since he is also a head of state” – e.g., the Vatican: “a walled city-state with some of the strictest immigration and citizenship rules in the world.”

Asked about her own religious views, Ms. Le Pen said: “I have a strong faith and I am fortunate in that I have never doubted it. However, I admit that I am angry with the Church because I think that it interferes in everything except what it should really be concerned with,” she added.

Vive la France! Vive Mme Le Pen! Au nom du peuple!

Czech Republic: We’d Rather Risk EU Penalties then be Forced to Take Migrants

The Czech Republic is better off risking sanctions than accepting migrants under the EU’s quota scheme, interior minister Milan Chovanec has said.

Source: Czech Republic: We’d Rather Risk EU Penalties then be Forced to Take Migrants

The Czech Republic is also taking a stand against forced immmigration / resettlement of migrants:

The Czech Republic is not prepared to accept any more than the 12 migrants it has already taken under the quota scheme set up by the European Union (EU) even if that means facing sanctions, the nation’s interior minister has said…

Vetting so-called refugees is “complicated”, the minister explained, adding that migrants “have not even been willing to remain in place [in Greek and Italian camps, while security checks take place”.

“We check thoroughly and in detail during the process, which takes between several weeks and more than two months.

“But these people [that the Czech Republic have been told to take in as refugees] were not prepared to remain in place while being vetted. Because of that, we haven’t given them security clearance.”

In this, the Czech Republic joins Poland and Hungary, which are also refusing to take more migrants, as mandated by the EU:

Italy, along with Germany, Sweden, Austria, and France have been vocal in demanding the EU cut subsidies to Hungary and Poland for their refusal to welcome migrants.

But Reuters reported that, worried about rising Euroskepticism, officials in Brussels are split on whether to open legal proceedings against Hungary and Poland.

As I have said previously, Eastern Europe may yet prove the bulwark of Western civilization. The Winged Hussars ride again!

Orban Easter Speech: “Battlefield Europe… Stop Mass Migration. The Future of Europe Is at Stake”

Calling international politics a “battlefield”, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told newspaper Magyar Idők that Hungary’s sovereignty is under constant attack from foreign interests and the powerful left wing activist George Soros. Adding that mass migration threatens the future of Europe, he urged for the preservation of Christian civilisation.

Source: Orban Easter Speech: ‘Battlefield Europe… Stop Mass Migration. The Future of Europe Is at Stake’ – Breitbart

“This is what our future stands or falls on,” he said, “the fate of Europe. The question is whether the character of European nations will be determined by the same spirit, civilisation, culture and mentality as in our parents’ and grandparents’ time, or by something completely different.”

“…we want to preserve the foundations of Europe. We do not want parallel societies, we do not want population exchanges, and we do not want to replace Christian civilisation with a different kind. Therefore we are building fences, defending ourselves, and not allowing migrants to flood us.”

It appears that Eastern Europe is more alert, awake, and aware of the threats posed to Western Civilization by mass immigration than the traditional Western power centers like France, Germany, and even (despite Brexit, and although Prime Minister Theresa May has said and done some encouraging things) the UK. Nation-states like Hungary, Poland, and Czechoslovakia may yet prove the bulwark of the West – or its last hope of survival.

Easter Sunday: Christians across the globe celebrate – ITV News

Christians across the globe have come together to celebrate Easter. Easter Sunday falls on the same day in 2017 in both the eastern and western churches. This is the first time it has happened since 2014, and it will not happen again until 2025, since Orthodox Christianity is based on the Julian calendar, while the religious festivals of western Christianity are based on the Gregorian calendar.

Source: Easter Sunday: Christians across the globe celebrate – ITV News

From the article:

Thousands of Catholics from across the world have traveled to the Vatican to hear the Pope deliver the Easter Mass in St Peter’s Square.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow holds candles with the Holy Fire during an Easter service.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, leads the Easter Resurrection Service at the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George in Istanbul  [Constantinople!].