Fêtes religieuses

Noël

Considérons maintenant l'histoire de Noël. Un jour, Dieu envoya l'ange Gabriel dans la cité galiléenne de Nazareth, auprès de Marie, une jeune fille vierge, fiancée à Joseph, un homme de la maison de David. Gabriel salua la jeune fille et lui dit: "Voici, tu deviendras enceinte, et tu enfanteras un fils, et tu lui donneras le nom de Jésus." [En savoir plus]

Le dimanche des Rameaux

En fêtant le dimanche des Rameaux, nous suivons la coutume de la communauté chrétienne de Jérusalem. Dès environ l’année 400, il est dit d’elle qu’elle se rassemblait au mont des Oliviers pour descendre en ville, en procession. À cette occasion, les enfants portaient des touffes de palmier et des rameaux d’olivier. Lorsque nous fêtons le dimanche des Rameaux, nous plaçons le Seigneur au centre de l’événement, car, selon le récit des Évangiles, il s’est présenté au peuple comme étant le Messie, le Prince de paix. [En savoir plus]

Good Friday

Good Friday is the one day in the earthly life of God's Son about which the authors of the gospels have recorded the most details by far. The four gospels dedicate a total of 13 chapters to the events of that day, stretching from the Last Supper of the Lord with the disciples to His farewell discourses, His capture and hearings, and His crucifixion and death. When we contemplate these events, which are of greatest significance in the history of salvation, we gain an increased awareness of the magnitude of the sacrifice which our Saviour Jesus Christ brought out of love for humankind. [En savoir plus]

Easter

The grave had been under guard over the Sabbath right up until this morning. Along with some other women, Mary Magdalene made her way to the tomb. When they arrived, "there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow." The angel spoke to the women: "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said." [En savoir plus]

L’Ascension

Le Ressuscité a encore passé quarante jours sur la terre, apparaissant aux siens, comme en témoignent tous les Evangiles et la première épître aux Corinthiens, au chapitre 15, des versets 5 à 7. La période qui s’écoule entre la résurrection et l’ascension permet à Jésus de se manifester comme étant le « vivant », celui qui a vaincu la mort. [En savoir plus]

Pentecost

Apart from its appearance in Tobit 2:1 in the Apocrypha the word Pentecost is otherwise mentioned in the New Testament only; the name, however, comes from the Greek pentekosta hemeras 50 days - on the 50th day was the feast of Pentecost - referring to the number of days from the offering of the barley sheaf at the beginning of the Passover. It was originally a Jewish harvest festival, on the fiftieth day after the second day of Passover. [En savoir plus]