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Sunday, 27 March 2016 06:40

Easter

Easter,also called Pasch or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

The week before Easter is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. In western Christianity, Eastertide, the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the fiftieth day, Pentecost Sunday. In Orthodoxy, the season of Pascha begins on Pascha and ends with the coming of the fortieth day, the Feast of the Ascension.

Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts which do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars which follow only the cycle of the sun; rather, its date is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established two rules, independence of the Jewish calendar and worldwide uniformity, which were the only rules for Easter explicitly laid down by the council. No details for the computation were specified; these were worked out in practice, a process that took centuries and generated a number of controversies. It has come to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March, but calculations vary in East and West.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are identical or very similar. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church, and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb. The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide. Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades. There are also various traditional Easter foods that vary regionally.

State Gearing Up For Widespread DUI Enforcement on St. Patrick’s Day
Don’t Depend on the Luck of the Irish to Keep You Out of Jail

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is warning all St. Patrick’s Day revelers about driving impaired: If you’re over the limit, you’ll be under arrest. No warnings. No excuses.

The luck of the Irish won’t be able to save motorists who get caught driving drunk and while Georgia’s zero tolerance policy toward impaired driving exists 24/7/365, GOHS is taking special advantage of St. Patrick’s Day to remind drivers that if they don’t drive sober, they’ll get pulled over.

Reminders will come in the form of high visibility enforcement and increased patrols because in 2014, 18 people were killed nationwide in drunk driving crashes on St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, the holiday has become one of the nation’s deadliest because of alcohol. From 6pm on March 16 to 6am on March 18 in 2014, 28 percent of all traffic fatalities involved drunk drivers. Just the hours between midnight and 6am on March 18 were even worse, with HALF of all fatalities involving drunk drivers.

“You may feel like you’ve heard the message before, but we’ll keep hammering it home until there are no more alcohol-impaired fatalities,” GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said. “We’re still encouraging everyone to make a plan before they leave home. Understand the danger of drinking and driving and make the right decision. Even one drink is dangerous if you are behind the wheel of a car.”

In addition to warning Georgia motorists that increased enforcement on St. Patrick’s Day will no doubt catch up with them if they decide to drive impaired, GOHS is asking partygoers to utilize the “Drive Sober, Georgia” smartphone app, which offers a database of safe and sober ride options throughout the state.

The good news is that besides downloading “Drive Sober, Georgia”, there are a few simple ways to ensure a safe conclusion to everyone’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities:

  • Plan a safe way home before the partying begins.
  • Designate a sober driver before you start drinking and leave your car keys at home.
  • Use a taxi, call a sober friend or use public transportation if you’re too impaired to drive.
  • Contact local law enforcement if you see a drunk driver.
  • Be prepared to take away someone’s keys and find them a sober ride home.

Contact your local law enforcement agency to learn about local St. Patrick's Day efforts. For more information on GOHS, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org or call 404-656-6996.

Monday, 14 March 2016 08:45

Luke 17:11-19

Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him - and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

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