The Easter Bunny, while seemingly unrelated to the Christian origin of Easter, actually can be linked to the holiday quite easily. According to Snopes.com, the hare itself was revered in pre-Christian times as a holy creature associated with fertility and spring. “Important divinations about the character of the coming year were made from studying its movements,” writes Barbara Mikkelson.
The more “modern” figure of the Easter Bunny is found in 16th century German literature as a deliverer of eggs—a sort of springtime Santa Claus who rewarded well-behaved children with colored eggs. Eggs have other, additional links to Easter. For eons, they have been an obvious symbol of resurrection, continuing life and fertility. Early humans viewed the egg as a natural wonder and proof of the renewal of life. Early Christians adopted the egg as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection from the tomb (an enclosure from which new life emerges).
The modern incorporation of Easter eggs partly stems from the fact that, for centuries, eggs were a forbidden food during Lent. Thus, people considered eating them to be a special treat at Easter. Today’s colorful Easter eggs have a more serious origin. People dyed hardboiled eggs red in memory of Christ’s blood. Children then received them as talismans to preserve their health over the next 12 months.
On Good Friday, Bay Village will serve Holy Communion at vespers. We hope everyone joins us for our annual Sunrise Service on the rooftop terrace at 7:30 a.m. We’ll have light refreshments following.