12 responses to Amish Easter Traditions In One Community
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    Comment on Amish Easter Traditions In One Community (March 28th, 2016 at 09:37)

    I enjoyed this post. I hope all the Amish and Amish America people had a good weekend and are well.

    An elderly man I know posed an interesting question to me after I had dinner him with my mother at her nursing home.
    He asked me why Easter is a happy time, and questioning why people say “Happy Easter” when the faith historical event was a sad moment, a man’s death – sombre.
    I replied that Christ’ death, although traumatic, is seen as a happy or joyful event because of the saving quality of the event, “the whole died for our sins, thing, its seen as joyful as much as it might have been sad”
    I didn’t exactly put it quite that way, but my mother’s roommate’s Catholic relatives looked at me as if saying “good answer”

    How do we think the Amish would answer him?

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      Comment on Easter Traditions (March 28th, 2016 at 16:11)

      Easter Traditions

      I can’t speak for how the Amish would answer this question, but as for me, I would answer it by saying that we are happy, not because of His death, but because of His resurrection. Everyone dies, so that part of the event was not remarkable (except that He did it for us), but He is the only one who was ever resurrected. Easter is celebrating His resurrection and Good Friday remembers His death.

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    Deborah Halcomb
    Comment on Amish Easter Traditions In One Community (March 28th, 2016 at 10:36)

    I didn’t know they colored eggs. What fun. I used to love coloring eggs and then Easter Afternoon hunting for them at the local park. Most years I wouldn’t get any because I was not a fast runner and all the big kids, we are talking all the way to high school got to them before us little ones. There was always hope though that I would find that golden egg for the prize.

    We were always taught the true meaning of Easter though and Easter basket goodies were not eaten until after church.

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    April H
    Comment on Amish Easter Traditions In One Community (March 28th, 2016 at 14:28)

    I had no idea Lovina Eicher was still writing a column. It will be good to catch up on how her family has been doing. I wonder why she starting writing through a different “outlet”?

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      Comment on Amish Easter Traditions In One Community (March 29th, 2016 at 07:48)

      She decided to switch outlets a couple of years ago, April…I wish her well…writers switch editors in this business a lot

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    Amish Girl – Rebecca
    Comment on Amish Easter Traditions In One Community (March 28th, 2016 at 14:41)

    Hello, This sounds pretty much like our celebration. We also go Easter caroling. Our youth group went Wed. night. On Good Friday morn and eve and Easter morn my Grandma also had other groups of carolers, so a lot of the local youth groups and families are doing it. Yesterday, Easter, morning our church girls went with our bikes, then followed up with a breakfast at one of the older girl’s place. It was a very enjoyable time. Many times Easter also meshes in with Communion, but this year Easter is earlier.

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      Comment on Easter Carolling (March 29th, 2016 at 21:31)

      Easter Carolling

      Hi Rebecca,
      There are some Easter carols in my Oxford Book of Carols, notably this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVduV0ustWw&ebc=ANyPxKo3UcW7IKUREXwekhFT7qR0EZTQQqdHzXY8-WVbZpr-AtUnKR_rqupCXpnb2_BrrFTt-l6Gp8WJHcR3B3GroPoDz_MPMw so I would guess that carolling at Easter must have been a European tradition, though, sadly, it seems to have died out on this side of the pond. BTW, any more articles in the pipeline? I enjoyed your others.
      Best wishes,


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        Amish Girl – Rebecca
        Comment on Amish Easter Traditions In One Community (March 31st, 2016 at 16:36)

        Hey, Yeah i have a few in the wings. As of now I’m studying for my STNA test, so maybe after that I can think of something else. That’s the only reason I’m at the library tonight.

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    Comment on Easter and Good Friday (March 29th, 2016 at 07:40)

    Easter and Good Friday

    In our old order Mennonite communities, both in Canada and the US, we also have Good Friday as a day of worship. We had church in the morning, then dinner with daughter Judith and family, a time of singing in the afternoon at daughter Noreen’s and then Marilyn and Bethany were home from southern Ontario and had supper with us and spent the next two nights.

    On Good Friday, the scripture reading is taken from one of the four crucifixion texts and then on Easter, we have the resurrection story. The Sunday before Good Friday we have the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. On the Friday after Good Friday is the annual conference or Ministers’ Meeting and then Communion services start after that and continue for about 4 weeks since each bishop is responsible for 4 districts.

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      maggie erickson
      Comment on Amish Easter Traditions In One Community (March 30th, 2016 at 14:04)

      Thank you so much! Our traditions are on Maudy Thursday we attend church in the evening and read of the last supper, and agony in the garden. On Good Friday, we remain silent from 12-3, meditating and in prayer, then attend church later in the evening, reading about our Lord’s death and burial. Saturday, is a quiet day with anticipation of our Lord’s joyous resurrection!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Rejoice! (March 29th, 2016 at 16:56)


    Yes, it’s Easter that’s the “celebration”, being the day we’re taught Christ rose from the dead. (To me, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are “commemorations”, not really “celebrations”. EASTER is the celebration they lead up to.)

    I enjoyed reading about the various Amish Easter celebrations & traditions. I never heard about “Easter carols”! Sounds very joyous for A JOYOUS OCCASION. Several of their customs are just like ours.I liked reading about Mennonite traditions as well(thanks, Osiah).

    I also enjoyed some of the links—in particular, one about Polish & Eastern European customs brought back memories. I have a couple of “figurines” dressed like those Polish boys/men dressed in their red and white “pantaloons(?)” and embroidered vests & shirts…and those terrific hats! And those gorgeous Czech eggs—my Art teacher for 4 years in high school (Sister Jolanta) used to make them every year…but only for the nuns. I was fascinated by the use of the special funnels with melted wax & dipping and re-dipping them in various colors,layer after layer. When she was working on them, it was very hard to keep our minds on our own artwork (we were NOT allowed to decorate eggs that way!) My Mom would also pack an Easter basket (large one, family-size) with the Easter ham, eggs, bread, candy…lots of things…and we (along with a good chunk of our neighborhood in Chicago) would walk to our Catholic church on Holy Saturday to have the baskets of food blessed. That was always a very special time for me. (My cousins & I would wonder if it was a sacrilege to crack and peel a blessed egg!)

    Thanks for an enjoyable post, Erik,and Lovina.

    I hope everyone’s Easter was enjoyable & meaningful!

    Alice Mary

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    Comment on Amish Easter Traditions In One Community (March 31st, 2016 at 21:06)

    My sister and I will be driving from NJ to Flordia in Oct. and I want her to see some Amish homes no farms. Can someone tell us the best places to see while we are in that area?

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