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EASTER TRIVIA

1) Easter celebrates the ________ of Jesus Christ.


Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

2) What color were the first Easter eggs?


The Christian custom of Easter eggs started among the early Christians of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs with red colouring in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at His crucifixion.

3) How many days after his burial did Jesus rise from the dead?


On the third day, he rose again.

4) When is Easter celebrated?


In 325CE the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox.

5) What plant has come to symbolize Jesus' resurrection?


In many Christian churches, the chancel is adorned with Easter lilies throughout the Easter season. According to pious legend, after Jesus' death and resurrection, some of these beautiful flowers were found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he had gone the night before His crucifixion. Legend has it that these flowers sprang up where drops of Jesus' sweat fell as he prayed.

6) The Easter Bunny originated in what country?


Originating among German Lutherans, the "Easter Hare" originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide.

7) Which apostle doubted Jesus' resurrection?


A doubting Thomas is a skeptic who refuses to believe without direct personal experience--a reference to the Apostle Thomas, who refused to believe that the resurrected Jesus had appeared to the ten other apostles, until he could see and feel the wounds received by Jesus on the cross.

8) In whose tomb was Jesus buried?


Joseph of Arimathea wrapped him in cloth and prepared Him for burial.

9) According to the gospel of Mark, who did Jesus first appear to after his resurrection?


MARK 16:9-11: "Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

10) What immediately precedes Easter?


Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday.

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