Palm Sunday, as everywhere is celebrated exactly the week before Easter!Christians come to the church for the service of God, taking with them the willow branches. Willow branches, because in Ukraine there is no Palm trees and nowhere to take palm leaves.After the Divine Liturgy, people create a passage in the middle.Now comes the priest who sprinkles the willow branches with holy water and bless people.After that, people are greeted, easily beat each other with willow branches and saying: "Not... continue reading
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On a week-end trip to the city of Balaguer (Lleida) we stayed during the night in the Monastery of Santa Maria de Bellpuig de les Avellanes which has been converted into a modern hotel but keeping the monasteries ambient (no TV in the rooms).The ancient building itself has been kept and renovated so that it offers many interesting views and also historic data for those interested in the catalan middle-age.It is possible to make several excursions by foot through the nearby vineyards, forests... continue reading
I want to wish you a Happy Easter, but posting this obviously in advance, with my 4 Easter collections.Who wants to color & be creative with Easter Eggs?Who's up for Easter Cookies, Cakes, & Chocolate?Who's of my opinion that everything vintage (and so Vintage Easter) is priceless?But above all let's not forget the real meaning of Easter with Religious Easter:P.S: please read the descriptions... continue reading
The shamrock, not to be confused with the 4-leaf clover, is an important symbol in the Irish culture.Legend has it that Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, has used the shamrock in the fields of Ireland to explain Trinity and convert pagans to Christianity. Three leaves, but still one plant.Though not theologically flawless, this analogy still lives on & is used to teach children about the Trinity.Happy St. Patrick's Dayeveryone :) continue reading
Religion has been much in the news over the last couple of weeks. Some of the flurry surrounds Christopher Hitchen’s best seller: God is Not Great and the tenth anniversary of the death of Mother Theresa. Organized religions down to the local level publish in print and/or online. What images are the most successful for these wide and varied uses in news and religious publications?A quick review across the magazines and websites of many faiths shows that the most popular stock image subjects... continue reading
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