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The Easter Festiv.al There can be little loubt that t llha own great Easter Fu'tival had - it; prototype, if not its direct origin,' in those which were held -in honor oif Beltis,. ,or, Astarte,: the Queeen of Heaven, known in Acsyria as ,shcar. During the first threuori four cen: turies of the Chistsap" ,era, many professing, Christians~ obs rved what was at that time caIeL." Paschi," "i,, Passover, in commet?mo?ratiepo .df the death and resurrection '?' J:Joanus Christ. At first thb tlne Lof: obeeiv ance corresponded. funnupl t with asnt ,of the Jewish. Pas uter,,.:,nut ,,.n:;.a not long before th;eChuili f~:nnon ..ontended that, th? de nr~l en ottlghti-tobe"on' oaxSc ',-u ' on th ground:-that the .4esrr iavt' 'it:eil had occurred. on the first diy of.'the week. That Sunday 4vsb rtdfinitelly fixed in the sixth .:entary to be the one between the fifteelIth & twean:y first days of the moon 'of the Jev.isih lunar year, and' whltet th change took place in Britain,' Wherv, oiwing to Britain havin e?:i.e.? to be part of the Roman Empire, it; wa.:; not finally adopted fer abotit n, rdentury,. the difference in!: point of time was a whole month. : a It is noteworthy that the e?etly commemoration b hy: the ; Chrinttan Church (which vav not thlbn krIrownv by any. such name as ??litter) wl not provided bv. a. Lent. (.:'casiaahis a morllc of Marseilleo, coatrastlnk, the, primitive r' Church wit.h, the Church of his day, in the fi th orn tury'wrote : "It ought tob hilknown that the: obscvwnnce of thi f£orty days had no existenc;, so lon as the perfection of thati primitive hlirhe remained invihlute." iAnd 'ch?hn fasting before, the Christian IPiasch did first begin to bo obsirved, t .,w comparatively s?heri; ;, ven t ?;tho time of the C~uicil. of ': ic.aet and for some time ,ifterw.:.," i;' did 'at exceed three cieks,. , ' ' ?,, it inst,' says .one wrltde,'".wheo' .ft. i,.t:1 ral of Astarte vwam rinting ,: '1 ei- n ant, . steps wvL.ý takel: ' i, the whole Chalderin Lent m, ?i ? or forty dayt inande li'u;;:."'t, , on all within thcr}oinan 1Erii; .; t West." ., : " The 'Babylmiidan orign ,io i'?dt may also be seen in` uh ,," its s ie companimentli a the t iua;il r ,.'t, cross buns on. tid t l'?i -.ti? iA: ter Sunday tggs;?"" an4 r , cr fire,' , The 1fon'd' bm'w ,,.:: ' Lt, be ai corruption of theied,: ''t(:er the name given to 'i. : :i t'ed bread oofered.lto the pe':r. :' ?.ild. made of fine floum and l.: ' get reference to.this, in .:'r . .18, where it; is datid ":- o . ct.,'f LOten gather wood, isnd: theo fa .I ? s I 't"l?e theofire, and thi ,women o::'..?;i'. dough, to iafiike cikdoa Lr:'' n of Heavent'(!''.lh'hb y hot :,.is: arei now ceat;oi inM~ad , f fered, but' their' orinin :'- m + r itr. In the Fabledii of: : :ygh.+:". ?',ae_ told : "An ebgg of wond' ', ' ; i said to have ?fallen 1' r I to the riveir Eitphrate t lo rolled it to t he bur;.:, h , .i hm?h doves ha ling e. eLt i, d hatched, it, out 'cam: '.' i who was after siids, alled , ::t' t'ian goddess," i:e.,' Astar;_, i.: to this day, ,bonfires which. have beuoi lit from 'a flame staited ..'by ,the priest. on Easter Eve asie still lIuntedl. in many parts of Etr io e, - partcii larly in Germany, and those!coiee pond to the sacred fire whidh: vWi lit. afresh in' the ttemple .of Vesta,) at Rome, at the commencemnenthof ?+ich Roman year on the first of 'Mp?ch. The symbolism or inner me:ndang of Easter is still more fascinatihg; since .it is not only historically pn sociated with: the death and resur rection' of 'the Christ, but it..spret\g-: ores the triumph of the spirit over the world in the pilgrimage nr'v of? individual-that stage in the si ual ascent of the disciple on the path of holiness where he casts'off the la t. human" fetter and rise's into' thie superhunan--he has become a god.. !'Advance Australia News e-' vice.,(' i'