When Politicians Talk Easter

Similar to Christmas, Easter is a time where (as well as well as a load of time away from work) a number of well known people release a “Easter Message”. Normally you would expect to hear Easter messages from people like Bishops, and Popes – you know those jobs that have something to do with Easter.

But you also have political party leaders talk about Easter, and offer their own Easter Message. If this is a chance to talk about Easter, or push their own political spin… well its normally a combination of the two.

Sofa has sat down and watched / read the Easter Messages from the Conservatives, Labour, and Lib Dem Party Leaders, here they are below, and my TL:DR summaries.

When Jeremy Corbyn talks Easter

Talks about “social justice, peace, and reconciliation”, which isn’t very Eastery really.

When Tim Farron talks Easter.

From The Lib Dem website…

There was quite a fuss the other week when the National Trust was condemned for taking references to ‘Easter’ out of its publicity for a chocolate egg hunt.  This led to angry responses from some in the church and from politicians, including the Prime Minster.

It turned out that the National Trust had done no such thing and that all those who had got so cross had to wipe the chocolate egg off their faces. It was a reminder that we shouldn’t be so quick to jump to conclusions and condemn.

The thing is, even if the story had been true, did it actually matter?  I mean, I hate to break it to you, but there is no reference in the Bible to chocolate eggs or generous bunny rabbits.

I fear that what the Prime Minster and others were actually getting wound up about was the thought that the National Trust might have been airbrushing out something comfortable and traditional. And given that we are turning the clock back to the early 1970s with Brexit (or indeed the 1580s if we do end up declaring war on Spain), then nostalgia is most definitely the mood of the moment.

I’m a Christian and I am cool with you eating eggs at this time of year if you want to. I will probably have some myself.

But it isn’t what Easter is about.

Read the rest…

Reminds us that he didn’t get pulled into that thing about calling Easter Eggs… Easter Eggs. Cheeky. But he does deserve some extra chocolate for talking about Easter in a Easter message.

When Theresa May talks Easter.

Well. It sounds like we are a united country, united behind someone who grew up in a Vicarage, and we’re all embracing the opportunities the world has to offer. Oh, and Easter.

If this was X Factor… Which one would you send home? 

As Sofa was working over the Bank Holiday, I’m going to go and find some chocolate to help me digest all of that.

(Political Spin alert! I was going to get chocolate anyway)

The Manchester Passion – A Soundtrack to Easter

I have to admit.

I bloomin love Manchester, to say it holds a special place in my heart is under playing it a fair bit. I spent four years at Manchester Met University, and during that time I fell in love with not just the city, but the music that seemed to be played around that area.

Soon after I left (*typical*), this rather odd sounding event was hosted in Manchester City Centre called, “The Manchester Passion”.

The Manchester Passion is simply described as an Easter Passion play set against the back drop of Manchester, with a Manchester sound.

And some lovely person has put it on Youtube:

The Complete Lego Star Wars Easter Story

As seems to now be tradition. Heres a repeat of a little something I did a few years ago as part of a wider online project. (And also gave birth to Tales From The ToyShelf). Here is a series of of photos of Lego men telling the Lego Easter Story…  Please feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions about it.

(It also seems to be turning into a tradition that I keep meaning to update this a little)

The Star Wars Lego Easter Story.

“Go to the village ahead of you”

PalmSunday: Mark Chapter 4 - Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”

1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”

Mark Chapter 11

 

Mark11: HorsePower?

 

PalmSunday2 - After failing in their search for a lego donkey... the disciples decided at least something with horsepower would do...

After failing in their search for a lego donkey… the disciples decided at least something with horsepower would do…

#EasterLIVE Mark11 Palm Sunday

 

8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna![a]” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b] 10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Hosanna![a]”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

Mark Chapter 11

Turning The Temple Tables 

 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’[c]? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[d]” 18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

 

15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’[c]? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[d]

18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

Mark Chapter 11

 

“Every one will be thrown down”

 

Based on Mark Chapter 13

Based on Mark Chapter 13

“You Said You Wanted To See Me?”

 

You Wanted to See me??

Based on Mark Chapter 14, Verse 10

#EasterLIVE – Supper Time

 

Most People seemed to enjoy the food

Based on Mark Chapter 14

Praying at Gethsemane

 

Welcome to Gethsemane

Based on Mark Chapter 14

Its A TRAP!

 

When he realised he couldn't kiss. Lego Judas just got himself a pointing stick instead.

Based on Mark Chapter 14

Jesus… taken away…

#EasterLIVE - Jesus arrested

Based on Mark Chapter 14

Pilate meet Jesus…

 

Pilate meet Jesus...

Based on Mark Chapter 15

 

 

His Last Journey

His Last Journey

Based on Mark Chapter 15

 

I See Him Hanging There

 

I see him hanging there...

Based on Mark Chapter 15

 

Game Over?

Game Over?

Based on Mark Chapter 15

 

Heads Down Lads…

 

Easter Live Heads Down Lads

Easter Saturday…

“NO WAY!!!!!!”

 

#EasterLIVE - No Way!

Based on Mark Chapter 16

“Forget the poor, needy, and the dead…”

From The Trumpton Facebook Page.

Read the background on the above image over at BBC News, The Telegraph, or The Guardian.

I feel the above image sums up my feelings better then I can put into words…

I mean we should obviously get upset about the name of an Easter Egg Trail, and not benefit cuts, family breakdown, hopelessness, the state of the NHS, raising cost of living, Brexit,  uncertainty in regards to there actually being a UK, help for people with Mental Health issues, the need for foodbanks, the state of politics, chemical warfare, Peter Capaldi leaving Doctor Who, and anything else we care not to mention.

Besides, a quick google shows how far the word Easter has been removed from the Easter Egg hunt that everyone seems to be going on about…

Its there! In the web address itself!

Personally I almost miss the days in which I would launch into a sarcastic rant about the benefits of church pews over individual seats.