We have all heard of Christingle where an orange is dressed in colours and sweets and given to the children in one of the pre-Christmas services. Now we have Eastingle which is quite new, the first reference I've come across was 2006.
Instead of a Christmas orange this service is centred round spreading the Easter message using a dressed hot cross bun. There are already a number of traditions surrounding the bun itself. Although it isn't the case these days hot cross buns were eaten on Good Friday only. It was believed that a bun made on Good Friday would not go mouldy if kept for a year. Finally, a hot cross bun was often kept in case of illness, and if someone in the household fell ill the hot cross bun would help cure them. The cross on the top representing that which Jesus was crucified upon.
The hot cross bun is dressed in three colours,
Purple for royalty - Jesus was King of the Jews
Red for blood - The blood of our Lord
White for purity - Purity and new life
In fact this new service principally, for children and families, is an excellent teaching exercise which I find very optimistic in these days of increased secularism and consumerism. My church held their second Eastingle service this morning and was very well attended. It provides the opportunity for families to come together and relax in church with some singing and fun. Our Christingle service usually attracts around 300 participants, this new service has started at around 100 attendees. I believe that even as an adult, it is important to be deflected away from the noisy, dazzling consumer driven society, and to have the opportunity to consider people.
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My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
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