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Maundy Thursday - Blue Roses



Today Mary Magdalene comes to remind us of this day to honour the past, the Last Supper, the commandment to love one another, as Jesus taught his disciples, and the act of humility to help one another. She brings her love and wisdom, in blues to us today, she brings her love to us all too.

She reminds us that we are all humans, as we hold life in our bodies, breathe in our lungs, we hold love in our hearts, today connect with your heart, lungs and mind and remember we are all part of the whole. The Unity of Life, love one another as you would love your friend, We are all the vastness, ocean of consciousness as we remember our collectiveness.

Mary brings the Blue Rose today, she reminds us of her blue robes, her truth, her words come to us through our minds and hearts, she brings her love heart to heart, hand to hand, as we connect to her Soul to Soul, Sister to Sister,

She comes with the blue of the sea, the Sea of Galilee, the oceans. She brings the Blue of Truth, Blue of Knowledge, Blue of deep Connection, the Blue Highways, the Blue Rose, Blue Cosmic Gateways, to the Higher Realms. The Deep Blue of the Sky, its stars, its vastness, of time and space and she brings this to us today, as we connect together,


Hand in Hand

Heart to Heart

Soul to Soul

Sister to Brother

As One

Vastness

Unity

With the Blue we remember


Maundy Thursday is part of the Christian celebration of Easter and marks the night of the Last Supper as told in the Bible.


During the meal, Jesus took and blessed bread and wine and shared them with his disciples, calling the bread and wine his body and blood.

He urged the disciples to do the same after his death in memory of him, and indeed Christians have done so ever since at Holy Communion – also known as the Eucharist, The Lord’s Supper or Mass.


Maundy Thursday takes its name from the Latin word ‘mandatum’ meaning commandment. During the supper Jesus told his disciples: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (John 13 v 34)


He also got up from the table and poured a basin of water and washed the disciples' feet. This was the act of a servant. He also told them to do the same for others.


Many churches recreate this act at special services on Maundy Thursday as a reminder of how Jesus served others and of how Christians should also serve others.







Hot Cross Buns


Hot Cross Buns! Hot Cross Buns! One and penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns! If you haven’t got a daughter,  give them to your sons. One a penny, two a penny Hot Cross Buns!


I remember this song, so well, one from my childhood, the song of the baker that spills out into our nursery rhymes.


Today I was thinking about the symbolism of these buns, that appear in the shops for Easter or Esotre, and their origins.


As usual, they belong to both worlds, the spiritualism realms of Christianity and their origins sit with Estotre, with the Goddess Ostara. We are so used to these rituals and how they weave together two pathways or ways in our lives.


The breads are typically enriched and may contain dairy, eggs, sugars and spices. Hot cross buns have been synonymous with Easter celebrations since they appeared in 12th century England. Some were given to the poor at Easter with the cross on them, at St Albans in England, where in 1361, Brother Thomas Rodcliffe, a 14th-century Christian monk at St Alban's Abbey, developed a similar recipe called an "Alban Bun" and distributed the bun to the poor on Good Friday. Yet they have been part of British culture for so much longer, no doubt the recipes have changed over the centuries, and the reasons for the cross evolved over time.


Ancient Egyptians used small round breads topped with crosses to celebrate the gods. The cross divided the bread into four equal sections, representing the four phases of the moon and/or the four seasons, depending on the occasion.


Later, Greeks and Romans offered similar sweetened rolls in tribute to Eos, the goddess of the morning, and to Eostre, the goddess of light, who lent her name to the Easter observances. The cross on top symbolized the horns of a sacrificial ox. The English word bun is a derivation of the Greek word for ceremonial cakes and breads. Let's not get into the correct name for buns, baps, cobs and rolls for every part of the country has its own name, let alone other parts of the world.


In the Middle Ages, homebakers marked their loaves with crosses before baking. They believed the cross would ensure a successful bake, warding off the evil spirits that inhibit the bread from rising.


Spice buns became so synonymous with Christianity and the Catholic Church, that like other popular traditions, like Christmas, was banned in the 16th Century, when England broke away from the Catholic Church. (Cromwell banned Christmas during this rule too). But our ancestors must have missed those spiced buns so much, that Queen Elizabeth relented and allowed them to be baked for Christmas, Easter and funerals and this must be why they are so popular at Easter.


Do you love them? Do you toast them? Add Jam or Butter?








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