Easter is historically a festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ after His crucifixion, when, on the third day after His death, He was alleged to have risen again and lived on. Some say that the festival itself predates Christianity and actually has its roots in the worship of Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of love, war, fertility, and sexuality, though there is little evidence to support this theory. It is also said to be linked to a pagan festival dedicated to the worship of Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, though solid verification of this fact is also as elusive as the Easter Bunny.
For Easter we present a double Dreamland. First, a mysterious shroud-like image that seems connected to the Book of Revelation appears on a cloth. Second, a brilliant word-magician reveals to us the mystery of words.
First, Athalyn Rose is an artist who has experienced a miracle, at once awesome, beautiful and unsettling. A complex image appeared on a piece of muslin she had in her possession, that is in many ways as mysteriously formed as the Shroud of Turin. She tells us about this image, how it came to be, and what it means to her, and may mean to us. (The image is pictured here.)
It?s Good Friday, 2002, about seven in the evening. Since I was about ten and beginning to wake up to the meaning of the gospel, this day has had profound meaning for me. Today again, the passion has been much in my thoughts. I?ve been thinking about the mystery of compassion as it is revealed in the life of Jesus, and how, for me, it is the core of his message.