Who doesn’t love Easter? It is a time of great rejoicing for those who belong to the Christian faith – remembering that Christ has risen! Easter Sunday is a resplendent day, and the local churches in Marshall are preparing for the big day. For some, it’s also a day of candy, flowers, and colored eggs.
Lent is nearly over, and soon it will be Palm Sunday, one week before Easter in Marshall, when everyone looks forward to receiving their swatch of palm intended to remind Christians of when Jesus entered Jerusalem, greeted by the people waving palm branches to honor his arrival. This is symbolic of the welcoming of Jesus into heart, mind, and spirit.
If you attend church, there are several wonderful churches in Marshall. Be sure to participate in their upcoming activities.
Even if you are not a congregation member, the Marshall First United Methodist Church
at 702 Plum Street in Marshall wants everyone to know they are welcome to attend the services and all special events.
These include a mass on Palm Sunday, April 10, and a fun event for the kids, the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at 5:30 pm on April 14. The hunt is followed by the Agape Meal and the Last Supper at 6 pm. (If you plan to attend the Agape meal, please bring a dish to share.)
On Good Friday, April 15, there will be the Carrying of the Cross, which will begin at noon at the Courthouse. People of all ages are welcome to participate and do not have to be a member of the church to participate.
Something fun for the little ones:
Check out the Easter Egg Hunt at Mill Creek Park in Marshall for a unique outdoor adventure. On Saturday, April 9, 2022. Be there by 10 am to be part of the event, which will run from 10 am to 11 am.
The hunt will take place near the Concession stand, and there will be a prize for the kiddo who finds the most ages in each of the following age groups:
- 2 & Under
- 3 to 5 year-olds
- 6 to 8 year-olds
- 9 to 10 year-olds
Sorry, mom and dad, you have to watch and cheer the kids on while they do the hunting, but remember that all donations go to fund future special events at the park.
Concession Stand & Camp Hosts Site
Mill Creek Park
20482 N. Park Entrance Road
Marshall, IL 62441
For more information on the event, call (217) 889-3901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Bunnies and Painted Eggs?
When we think of Easter, we think of the Easter Bunny. But why? Some fun Easter facts and traditions:
Many Christian holidays, oddly enough, stem from Pagan celebrations. Pagans celebrated the renewal of life each spring. Eostre, the goddess of fertility, was often represented by the hare or an egg. Because both the resurrection of Christ and this celebration happen around the same time, during the vernal equinox, somehow the two merged. The Easter Bunny sprung from the idea of the hare.
When people came to America from Germany, they brought the traditions of making nests for the offspring of the bunny, who makes a rather large little of babies. They made colored eggs to put in the nests, which later morphed into baskets laden with straw. Today, the straw is usually made of plastic. The baskets are filled with chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, and little toys for the kids. The chocolate bunnies also originated in Germany.
Why the Easter Colors?
When we think of Easter, we think of soft pastel colors, as well as purple and gold. But what do they stand for?
White is meant to represent purity, triumph, glory, and joy. It is a joyous season for Christians worldwide.
Purple reflects a time of penance and humility. It is especially significant because of Lent, a somber time of sacrifice.
The soft pastel yellows reflect happiness, sunshine, and the baby chicks that we think of when we think of Easter. Many children get a baby chick at Easter, but if you plan to get one for the family, be prepared to take special care of them. They are delicate and need lots of attention.
Finally, pink is the color of spring flowers, new life, and the ever-popular candy Peeps we hope to find in our baskets.
Don’t forget to get Mom some flowers!
Spring arrives, and the flowers are blooming. At Easter, we love to get our Moms some beautiful spring flowers, at this time when new beginnings are top of mind, to thank her for bringing us into this world.
Stop into the Greenbriar Cottage Florist, where you can order a special hand-designed arrangement they call the Easter Extravaganza™, a pastel bouquet of fresh-picked spring beauty arranged in a glass cylinder vase, featuring yellow roses, daisy poms, pink and mini carnations, purple Limonium, and green button poms with assorted greenery – Each one a unique piece that mom will be delighted by.
No matter how you celebrate Easter, whether it is taking the family out for a special meal, eating too many Cadbury Eggs or Peeps, or taking part in your church’s special services, remember that this is a time of rebirth, renewal, and joy.
Happy Easter, Marshall!!