Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter and Passover

During this Holy season I have been really blessed to meet many new and current IAWP members as I have traveled through Europe after the March 18- 20, 2013 Region 13 Conference held in Lower-Saxony (Hannover) Germany.

I sepnt a few days in Hannover visiting local sites and getting to know local police members.  I will dedicate an entire blog to that visit.  I followed up with a trip to Munich where I visted many local sights to include churches.  The impact of religious observance in Germany is fascinating.  Protestants and Catholics are the dominant religions observed.

Exploring their houses of worship was educational.

This past week leading up to today is refered to as Passion Week.  It is the week used to symbolize the last days of Jesus Christ on this earth.  Palm Sunday begins his ministry with a welcoming procession. Each following day of the week has significance with Good Friday actually be a celebrated holiday (day off) in Ireland.  No alcohol can be bought or sold on this day.  It is taken as seriously as Chritsmas.

The practice on Good Friday is to walk the stations of the cross which are generally posted (or depicted) in local churches.  The stations (or sometimes called the way of the cross) cover Jesus Christ path from being condemned to death to his burial.

Easter Sunday (also called Resurrection Day) is in honor of the belief Christ rose from the dead and the the grave could not keep him from changing lives even until this day.

Millions celebrate Easter worldwide.

I pray however you celebrate that you are spending it with family and friends enjoying fellowship and fun.

I will be visiting two different churches in London.  I enjoy discovering diversity in forms and ways of worship when I travel.

Stay safe.

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