Sunday, April 20

Easter Weekend

Hope you had a delightful Easter weekend!


In Cyprus, there are several national holidays (or public holidays) regarding the Easter celebrations, such as Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, and Easter Tuesday.  For more details regarding Easter in Cyprus, please click HERE.

Over the Easter weekend, my husband and I attended a couple of church services, enjoyed a lovely picnic in the Troodos mountains with friends, explored more of the island, etc.

Elizabeth in Troodos Village.

Easter decorations in Cyprus. 

Easter decorations in Cyprus.  

Elie and Elizabeth with the Easter decorations.  

Elizabeth with the Easter decorations.   

 Easter decorations in Cyprus. 

Happy Easter!  For more details regarding the biblical reason for Easter celebrations, please view my recent Easter blog post, by clicking HERE.

Thursday, April 17

Kalo Pascha (Happy Easter)

Χριστός Ανέστη!  Αληθώς Ανέστη!  Καλό Πάσχα!

These Greek phrases translate to Christ is Risen (Xristos Anesti), Christ is Risen Indeed (Alithos Anesti), and Happy Easter (Kalo Pascha).

Easter decorations in Cyprus.

Let's take a few minutes to read and reflect on several scripture verses, regarding the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John provide various details and insights into the events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Please note that these scriptures simply provide a quick overview.


THE LAST SUPPER
"It was just before the Passover Feast.  Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father.  Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love."  John 13:1

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.'"  John 14:6 

GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE 
"Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane....  Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, "...Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Rise, let us go!  Here comes my betrayer!"  Matthew 26:36, 45-46

"Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared.  With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders....  The men seized Jesus and arrested him."  Mark 14:43, 46 

DEATH ON THE CROSS 
"The soldiers led Jesus away....  They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him....  Then they led him out to crucify him."  Mark 15:16-17, 20

"So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.  Carrying his cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).  Here they crucified him, and with him two others -- one on each side and Jesus in the middle."  John 19:16-18

"It was the third hour when they crucified him.  The written notice of the charge against him read: The King of the Jews."  Mark 15:25-26

"At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?' -- which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'"  Mark 15:33-34

"And when Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.  At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  The earth shook and the rocks split....  When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, 'Surely he was the Son of God!'"  Matthew 27:50-51, 54 

THE EMPTY TOMB 
"As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.  Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.  Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.  He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away."  Matthew 27:57-60

"'Take a guard,' Pilate answered, "Go make the tomb as secure as you know how.'  So they [the chief priests and the Pharisees] went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard."  Matthew 27:65-66

"When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome brought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body.  Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb....  But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large had been rolled away."  Mark 16:1-2, 4 

RESURRECTION 
"So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  Suddenly Jesus met them, 'Greetings,' he said.  They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him."  Matthew 28:8-9

"On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, 'Peace be with you!'  After he said this, he showed them his hand and side.  The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord."  John 20:19-20

"He told them, 'This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.'" Luke 24:46-47 

ASCENSION INTO HEAVEN 
"Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"  Matthew 28:18-20

"After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.  Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it."  Mark 16:19-20

"Jesus did many other things as well.  If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written."  John 21:25

And here's a longer list with more details regarding the biblical Easter story. 

The Easter Story:

Hope you all have an enjoyable Easter weekend!  :)

Tuesday, April 15

Limassol Marina

The Limassol Marina is located in the city of Limassol in Cyprus.  Recently, we enjoyed a short walk around the area.  Enjoy the photos!  :)

Limassol Marina.

Elizabeth at the Limassol Marina. 

Elie at the Limassol Marina.

Wednesday, March 26

Amathus Seafront Pathways

The city of Limassol (Lemesos) in Cyprus has lovely pathways along the seafront, particularly in the Amathus area.  Recently, my husband and I walked along the Amathus seafront pathways.


 Limassol.

 Elizabeth along the seafront.
 
 Limassol.


Here's a photo slideshow of the Amathus area:


Amathus Seafront Pathways.


To view more photos of the Amathus pathways, please click HERE, HERE, and HERE to view my previous blogs posts.

Monday, March 17

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