How Are Easter And Passover Related

April 8, 2012 by staff 

How Are Easter And Passover Related, We deck December with more carols and jingles than April, but this is arguably the most appropriate time for season’s greetings.  Part of that is because the April calendar includes Easter and Passover – major, if not the most important, holy days in Christianity and Judaism.

Easter is when Christians celebrate the resurrection of their savior, Jesus Christ. For some believers, observance began with Lent weeks ago. The main holiday is Easter Sunday, today.

Passover is when Jews celebrate the Hebrews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt. It began with a Friday Seder dinner and lasts for a week, this week.

There’re a multiplicity of practices, permutations and related liturgies in both traditions, but there’re commonalities, as illustrated in the following vignettes.

Any given Sunday, Every day is Easter for Jim Moll.

“It’s the most important holiday on our church calendar, but it’s seamless with how we try to live our lives,” said Moll, a three-decade Prescott resident. “Jesus rose, gave us the keys to kingdom of Heaven and told us to serve each other. That’s the emphasis of Easter, but it’s also something to live every day.”

Moll helped build the Laestadian Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley. He’s a church-every-Sunday and Bible-study-Wednesday kind of guy.

“Religion has always been the most important thing in my life,” said Moll, who grew up in a family of five in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

A lot of his neighbors were Laestadian Lutherans. The faith began in Sweden during the 19th century and germinated in the U.S. via Scandinavian immigrants.

“It’s a very simple faith. We’re saved by grace alone,” Moll said, further stressing community and compassion.

He and his family got together Saturday for an Easter weekend celebration. He has 16 children, many of whom are in the area, and festivities like this are fairly common, but there’s a twist.

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