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I am taking a break from our usual Friday communication to write to you on Easter Sunday.
I hope that everyone who celebrates this Christian holy day has an opportunity to experience joy this year, despite the coronavirus quarantines.
At least—thank goodness—for video technology that allows families to get together virtually. That’s what I will be doing.
The Story Of Easter
When people go to church on Easter Sunday they are reminded of the Story of Easter. But all the churches are closed due to the pandemic.
So I thought of taking this opportunity to share with everyone the meaning of Easter, and what makes it special. It is actually an inspiring and incredible tale.
Did you know that Easter actually starts the previous Sunday and lasts for an entire week?
The previous Sunday is when Jesus is said to have been welcomed back to Jerusalem by believers with offerings of palm branches. It’s known as Palm Sunday for this reason.
Next comes Holy Thursday, which was when the Last Supper (also known as Passover) took place.
The Last Supper is when Jesus broke bread and shared wine with his 12 apostles, and famously said, “This is my body, which will be given up for you.”
It is absolutely amazing to me that Jesus knew that he was going to be crucified ahead of his arrest, which would happen the next day.
I think everyone knows that Jesus died on a cross. It happened on the Friday before Easter Sunday.
Jesus was killed for claiming to be the son of God, which was seen as a threat by the chief priests of the day.
According to the bible, Jesus suffered on the cross for 6 hours. During his final 3 hours, from noon to 3pm, it is said that darkness fell over the whole land.
When Jesus finally passed, there was an earthquake, tombs broke open, and the curtain in a nearby temple was torn from top to bottom.
His body was wrapped in linens with myrrh and fragrant wood and placed in a tomb carved out of a rock.
Three days later, when a few of Jesus’ followers went back to the tomb, they found the body gone.
Angels appeared, as did the resurrected Jesus, over the course of 40 days, to affirm that Jesus had ascended to heaven.
Regardless of your beliefs, I hope you enjoyed this story.
Now I have a Spring Asparagus Pasta recipe for you to enjoy. Originally, I envisioned it at an Easter table filled with friends and family.
I am not sure how many people can manage a full table today, but you can still enjoy this with your immediate family.
Asparagus Pasta With Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce
Last week I shared with you a recipe for Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce and suggested that you could pair it with fish, vegetables, or pasta.
Today I have a pasta recipe that I love, featuring lemon butter sauce and asparagus.
Then, not wanting to ever be the one who skimps on vegetables, I added Swiss chard and red onions. I also suggest in the post that the chard can be omitted or replaced with spring onions, radishes, baby kale, arugula, or frozen peas.
This pasta is such a lovely treat.
I wish for you a joyful, tasty weekend and week ahead!
>> Here’s a link to the Asparagus Pasta Recipe
More Spring Recipes For Easter
I Was Featured On NTD Television
Oh, and a final treat for you today, I was featured on NTD Television news.
Here is the link where you can SEE THAT VIDEO.