Friday, 25 March 2016

Writing - One a penny, two a penny

So yesterday I kept to an Easter theme through writing and considering the origins of Maundy Thursday and of course it is followed by Good Friday.

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If you type 'good Friday' into the Google search engine you are faced with a plethora of tortured images such as the one above and relating to the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth.

So why 'Good'?

Well some believe that it is a corruption of 'God' or the translation of a lost word meaning holy. Others believe that it is an ironic use of the word good as Jesus died to save us all and what can be good about someone dying? Out of a great tragedy emerged great good fortune.
The fact is that it doesn't really matter what you call the day, or any day for that matter, what matters is what you do with it. 

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Sadly, the day and in fact the weekend have become synonymous with DIY. It is the biggest selling day for the DIY Stores and people spend the weekend building, repairing and gardening. There seems to be a fear of using the weekend for meditation, personal reflection and family relationships. For thinking of sacrifice for the benefit of others.

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Many Catholics do not eat meat on Good Friday. This means that, in some areas, it is common to eat fish on this day. It is traditional for all denominations to eat hot cross buns. These are made of leavened dough, to which sugar, currants and spices have been added. The top of the bun is marked with a cross made of flour and water paste or rice paper. The buns are eaten as they are or split in half, toasted and spread with butter. There is a traditional rhyme about these buns, which is often used to teach children basic music notes.


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Hot Cross Buns


Hot cross buns,
Hot cross buns,
One a penny,
Two a penny,
Hot cross buns.

If you have no daughters,
If you have no sons,
One a penny,
Two a penny,
Hot cross buns.

If your sons don't like them,
They're the only ones,
One a penny,
Two a penny,
Hot cross buns.

I don't tell jokes
and I don't tell puns,
One a penny,
Two a penny,
Hot cross buns.

Get them while they're hot
and eat them by the ton,
One a penny,
Two a penny,
Hot cross buns.


God Bless