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Easter by Joyce Kilmer

The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings
The happy earth looks at the sky
and sings.

1) In Pictures – Holy Week

Penitents carry a figure of Christ on the cross during the procession of the ‘Cristo de la buena muerte’ brotherhood, during Holy Week in Zamora, northern Spain. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.
(I.Lopez/AP)

Orthodox Christian nuns stand in the Jordan River during a ceremony for the upcoming holiday of Easter at the baptismal site known as Qasr el-Yahud, where it is believed John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ, near the West Bank city of Jericho. (Baz Ratner/Reuters)

Young women pray at the Sevtitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtskheta, Georgia (David Mdzinarishvili,Reuters)

2) I will be spending Easter Sunday with my cousin and her son. I find the passion with which Christians celebrate Easter to be deeply moving. We don’t have to believe a story to feel the passion in its telling.

If someone from another planet asked you what is Easter what would you answer?

“In Christ Alone” music video featuring scenes from “The Passion of the Christ”. It is sung by Lou Fellingham of Phatfish and the writer of the hymn is Stuart Townsend.

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The most beatiful religious song I have heard is “Ava Maria” by Luciano Pavarotti.

For a modern, more upbeat, song Mandy, in her blog http://mandythompson.wordpress.com , stated her favorite Easter Hymm was “My Reedemer Lives, by Rueben Morgan of Hillsong.

 Hillsong – My Reedemer lives.

I hope everyone have a joyous Easter weekend.

I love the simple beauty of religious chants.  No backgound music except the human voice.  Most of the time I have no idea what the words being sung mean, but the sound those voices make is some of the most beatiful music I have heard.

I hope you enjoy the following religious chants.

What is your favorite Easter song/hymm?

1) A Gregorian Chant by the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary.

2) Conception Abbey-Easter Alleluia 

3) Resurrection of Christ | Byzantine Divine Liturgy in Arabic

4) 2007 Holy Saturday–Jerusalem Matins

1) I will be having Easter Dinner at my counsin’s house.  We will be having “Glazed Ham”.  I don’t know how she is preparing the ham, and I don’t know anything about receipes in general.  I just like eating food.  I’ll leave the cooking to some one else.
I am interested in knowing anyone else’s favorite Easter meal.
2) On the Food Network site I found the following glazed ham receipe.  I looks delicious.
Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham
2/3 cup of bourbon or whiskey
1 cup clover honey
1/3 cup molasses
1/2 cup 100% friut orange marmalade
Nonstick cooking spray
1 (5-pound) whole bone-in smoked ham, fully cooked, unsliced
1/8 cup whole cloves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3) In a medium saucepan, heat bourbon, honey, molasses, and marmalade over low heat for 15 minutes or until reduced by half, stirring occasionally. (When measuring honey and molasses, spray measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray to keep measurements accurate).  Set side.
With a sharp knife, cut a diamond pattern on the fatty part of the ham.  Stud whole cloves in each diamond, at points where lines cross.  Spread half of the bourbon glaze over the ham and roast for 30 minutes, uncovered.  Baste occasionally, with remaining glaze and continue to raost for another 15 minutes.  Let ham stand for 20 minutes before slicing.

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