So here we are reaching the climax of Holy Week. Holy or Maundy Thursday at the time of writing. But was it always Holy?
The name "Easter" originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE), a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe.
The reasoning the name Easter followed on in the Christian tradition is plainly linked to the 'mother' goddess suggesting birth and new beginnings. However, the reason I bring this up is that we wouldn't necessarily know this information if the Venerable Bede hadn't written it down. His book is well over a thousand years old but contains important information and not just about Easter.
Even if you are not a practising Christian or follow any religion of any description but accept the fact that a man named Jesus lived around 2000 years ago then there are some facts available to consider because they were written down not long after his death.
Given that he seemed to know his time on earth was almost up he seemed to begin making preparations.
The Maundy money consists of specially minted silver coins given in a white purse to equal numbers of men and women who have been recommended by clergy round the country. The number of people receiving the ceremonial purse matches the age of the monarch. This year there will be 90 men and 90 women receiving the money at St George's Chapel Windsor. The Queen and Duke of |Edinburgh will be in attendance.
Once again the history of this ceremony goes back many centuries and during that time there have been a number of changes including the fact that for two hundred years no monarch attended the ceremony. If the information had not been recorded we wouldn't know.
So for the sake of your children, grandchildren and beyond - KEEP WRITING