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Friday the 13th-Eastern Orthodox Easter

Friday the 13th, what an interesting day!
Are you superstitious?

While for many superstitious people this day is the most feared day and date in history for others, today is the greatest holiday of the year.

Eastern Orthodox Christians, the second largest Christian denomination in the world, are marking the holy days this week, following the older, Julian calendar. Every few years, Western Easter (Catholic and Protestant) and Eastern Orthodox Easter coincide, but not this year.

Today, on Good Friday, Eastern Orthodox Christian pilgrims marched through the stone alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City to commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion more than 2,000 years ago.

Most Romanians being of Eastern Orthodox denomination, this is the "official" Easter in my country, being also a more "spectacular" holiday than the Western Easter, last week. I'm not Orthodox, but like to celebrate this second Easter as well. So, once again,

Happy Easter!
Pink cherry blossoms
The spiritual highlight of Eastern Orthodox Holy Week is the miracle of the Holy Fire, a flame that is said to appear spontaneously from the tomb of Jesus on the day before Easter. Thousands of pilgrims flock to Jerusalem for the Holy fire ceremony, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians).

The Holy Fire is brought to us, as well as to many other countries, by special flights from Jerusalem, every year.
The ceremony is broadcast live on Great Saturday night.

With this post, Macro Flowers Saturday comes to an end.
I want to thank everyone for their participation in Macro Flowers Saturday meme for the last two years.
The time has come to close this meme or at least to take a long break.
It has been a wonderful time for me, spent in the company of your lovely flowers.
If I'll ever decide to restart the meme, I'll bang all drums laud, so bookmark or follow this blog to hear the drums.


13 comments:

Angelgirlpj said...

I'm sorry to see this end, your site gave me a reason to take macro's and a place to share my posts. I also liked seeing all the other flowers around the world. God Bless in all you do.

Lui said...

Oh Maia, what a sad time for goodbyes. I will miss macro-flowers a lot and your lovely flowers and stories. I will always visit you though and hope to see and experience your flowers.

Someday, when the time is right you will have another exciting meme. I am sure of it. Meanwhile, stay in bloom and remember, I am just an email away!

Karin M. said...

Shame that Macro Flowers Saturday comes to an end. Thank you for the wonderful contributions in recent months. I will continue to visit your blog ...
Best regards, Karin

SquirrelQueen said...

It's sad to see this meme come to an end Maia, I have enjoyed it very much. I know it is a lot of work however.

Beautiful blooms, happy second Easter.

maiaT said...

Thank you girls for the kind words.
Now I'll have more time to visit each of you.

Modern Mom said...

Happy Easter Maia. It's sad that MFS is ending. I've enjoyed this meme very much.

Nancy Claeys said...

So sad to see your meme go away - but thank you for hosting as long as you did. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sara Chapman said...

Maia, what a pity the meme must end. I sincerely hope it is not due to difficulties of any kind on your end. This is such a blissful collection, every week something new. Is there any way you might be able to notify us regulars via email if you decide to reinstate? Good luck and happiness in all your endeavors.

CameraCruise said...

Dear Maia,
So sad your meme has come to an end, it has always been one of my favorites.
Thanks for hosting and Happy second Easter.
Mette

maiaT said...

Sara and everyone,

Yes, I can notify everyone, who left a valid email in the inlikz submission form.
Thanks Sara for your thoughts, I'm just tired and getting older every day.

Anyway, we are not going anywhere and I hope we'll visit each other in the future too.

Míriam Luiza said...

Oi Maia!
Você deve ter seus motivos. Eu agradeço por todos od dias que participei deste site. Feliz Páscoa pra você!
Abraços!

Rosie Gan said...

This is such a shock to me, Maia. I had been away for 2 months, and had no idea! I shall miss this meme, but I shall miss you more, Maia. Your visits always left me in high spirits. Remember to email me in case you come up with anything new.
Rosie

Laura said...

beautiful!

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