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Easter Sunday in Tudor Times

Happy Easter! Today we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. As it is Easter Sunday, we are looking at how the Tudors celebrated this feast. 

In Tudor times the candles in the church and around the Easter sepulchre were extinguished and then re-lit by the priest from a fire. An Easter sepulchre is a tomb in medieval churches in which the altar crucifix was buried from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. This sepulchre was opened and a special mass was held to celebrate. 

As Easter Sunday marked the end of Lent, a period with restricted diets, it was celebrated with good food. That meant that dairy products and meat, such as roasted chicken, lamb and veal, were back on the menu. 

Information from: Tudor Feast Days

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  1. R

    Its great how the Tudors really had all these feasts and processions. It really was Merry England. Happy Easter.

    We have had a River of Lights Festival for 14 days for local people at our river front with restrictions lifted. There are a number of arts installations which are lit up around the city centre and water front and they are very beautiful. There are Covid rules in place but the trail is 2.5 miles long. It was busy over this weekend but has been extended to allow for social distance. It has been wonderful to be out on the water front in the sunshine.

    A very Happy Easter is wished to Claire and Tim, family and animals and everyone here as well. Take care. YNWA

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Easter Sunday in Tudor Times