Easter



White, the Church's color of victory and triumph, is the background color of our Easter banners.   "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!"   These banners are displayed from Easter til the festival of Pentecost, the Great Fifty Days during which the Church celebrates Christ's triumph over sin and death.

The sunrise banner may represent not only the dawning of the first Easter Sunday, but also the dawning of the first day of Gods's new creation, a kingdom of love and life in which sin and death no longer hold dominion or power.     Thus, the cross of Jesus as well as the crosses of those who have died a death like his are deserted and dwarfed by the rising sun, since in God's new creation death is but a distant memory.

In the center of our second Easter banner a cross-marked butterfly, an ancient symbol of the resurrected Christ, also seems to regard its tomb-like chrysalis as a distant memory.   No longer shrouded by death, the butterfly ascends against the rising sun of God's new day in breathtaking beauty, leaving its lowly past behind.   Its perishable body has put on imperishability; it mortal body has put on immortality.   Its triumph is full and complete, and so it is framed with laurel branches, long prized by both athletes and sovereigns as symbols of victory and glory.

In the bulb there is a flower;
In the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise:
Butterflies will soon be free...
In our death, a resurrection;
At the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.
Natalie Sleeth,  1986