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So here we are again Spring, my 61th, incredible how the world has changed since I was born and so many Easters celebrated in so many countries and now in Charlottetown.

We will be in a small village for Easter Sunday this year, St-Nicholas which is outside of Summerside, about 1 hour from Charlottetown, in the Western part of the Island and South coast facing the Strait.

Monday we are entertaining for lunch here at home a few friends. No we are not doing ham or turkey, it will be Saltimbocca alla Romana with roast potatoes. One guest is bringing the Entrée and one other guest is bringing the dessert. So we do the main course. So simple!

What are you doing for Easter?

Well whatever it is do enjoy and all best Wishes to you and your family.

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Alastair Miles sings The trumpet shall sound from the great Easter oratorio Messiah composed by G.F. Handel in 1741, with scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible and Psalms in the book of Common prayers. First performed in Dublin in April 1742. Though it is usually performed at Christmas it was originally intended more as an Easter piece. Interesting to note that Easter in the Christian calendar has always been the most important holiday since scripture centre on the promise of the Resurrection and after life. In the journal of Samuel Pepys he wrote that on Christmas day he went to divine service and then to work. No other celebrations and this was in 1661 under King Charles II. It is only much later around 1845 that Prince Albert who is married to Queen Victoria introduces German Christmas traditions with the evergreen tree and gifts, an unknown tradition in England at the time.  If you are interested in the story behind the King James Bible, there is a fascinating book entitled God’s Secretary by Adam Nicolson.  The book tells the story of how King James I commissioned the writing of the Bible in the English language to fit into his own political program for England.

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

I Corinthians 15:52

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