St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Sunday

Christ is Risen, He is Risen indeed! Nazareth House Apostolate Wishes you a glorious Easter.

Tomorrow it is a tradition of Nazareth House to celebrate in commemoration of Luke 24:13-35, Emmaus Day or in Coptic Tradition : "Sham el-Nessim". The tradition is to pack a picnic and travel as the men did while Jesus walked with them on the road to Emmaus. Other religiouns celebrate Sham el-Nessim as a welcoming of Spring.

Sham el-Nessim literally means "sniffing the air" or "breathing the air" occurring annually on Monday, the day after the Easter Sunday.

Sham el-Nessim is celebrated by both Christians and Muslims so it is considered both a national and religious festival in Egypt and other parts of the world. The main features of the festival are:

People spend all day out picnicking in any space of green, public gardens, parks, at the zoo, etc.

Traditional food eaten on this day consits mainly of salted fish (canned tuna works well), lettuce, scallion or green onions, tirmis or Lupini Beans and boiled coloured eggs.

Even if you have to go to work on Monday, take some time to walk away from your desk, get outside, sniff the breeze and celebrate your personal walk with Christ.