Easter Eggs not Spring Spheres

St. Mary Magdalene with Easter Egg
The other day I posted a link to a story of some silly people out west renaming the Easter Eggs Spring Spheres.  Okay people can do what they will and there is a legend that the egg was a pagan symbol so have at it.  Calling it a Spring Sphere does not diminish the fact that Christians for years, have used the egg as a symbol for Christ Resurrection.  I commented that if we spent less time running around looking for eggs in a field and more time in Church, people might actually know the symbolism behind them.

Some people commented that they never heard the legend before and that is because some churches have done away with tradition.  That is very sad indeed.

According to this article from wikipedia the Zoroastirans used painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration, hich falls on the Spring equinox and At the Jewish Passover Seder, hard-boiled eggs called Beitzah dipped in salt water symbolizes the Qorban Chagigah or Hashlamim, the festival peace-offerings sacrificed at the Temple in Jerusalem to be eaten on the Erev Pesach.

The Christians use eggs as a symbol of the resurrection.  While the egg is dormant it holds life inside.  In the Orthodox tradition the eggs are died red to symbolize the blood that was shed on the Cross by Christ and the hard shell is symbolic of the tomb of Christ.  On the night of Pascha the eggs are cracked as another sign that the tomb has been opened.

Returning to the wikipedia article there are two legends about the eggs as Pascha:

While the origin of Easter eggs can be explained in the symbolic terms described above, a sacred tradition among followers of Eastern Christianity says that Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket miraculously turned brilliant red when she saw the risen Christ.The egg represents the boulder of the tomb of Jesus.

A different, but not necessarily conflicting legend concerns Mary Magdalene’s efforts to spread the Gospel. According to this tradition, after the Ascension of Jesus, Mary went to the Emperor of Rome and greeted him with “Christ has risen,” whereupon he pointed to an egg on his table and stated, “Christ has no more risen than that egg is red.” After making this statement it is said the egg immediately turned blood red.

Try as people will to get rid of any and all traces of Christianity we are still going strong.  Christ rose from the tomb not to save governments or society but to save each and everyone of us from our sins.  I am secure in my faith regardless of what the world tries to do.  I am sorry others do not have such a rich tradition as the people of faith do.  I hope you find your Spring Sphere, I will find Jesus thank you all the same!


  1. I don't know why everyone wants to take the fun out of everything.
    The church should explain the tradition of the Easter egg and yes people should be sitting in church to hear these stories to re enforce the traditions.
    Has far as the Easter egg hunts go children should also be allowed to have fun..especially when its innocent fun.
    Chiodren need to been innocent as long as they can.

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