A phrase a week (11)

Hello and welcome back to A phrase a week. With the great feast of Pascha (Easter) coming up, I’ll be looking at a few phrases that connect us to what is to many of us the greatest religious festival.

Christians start preparation for this feast seven weeks before. The 40-day fast which ends about 9 days before Easter is called (in both Eastern and Western traditions) simply Lent or (in the East)  Great Lent. This is followed by the Saturday and Sunday before Easter which make the transition to the last seven days. They are called Lazarus Saturday (when we commemorate the raising of Lazarus – the greatest miracle Jesus worked) and Palm Sunday (when we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem).

Fasting does not end with  Palm Sunday. It becomes even stricter the following week which is called  Holy Week or Passion Week. It is a special time when we remember the Lord’s Passion (suffering), His death and burial. Today is  Holy Friday or Great Friday, known as Good Friday in the Western tradition. Yesterday was Holy Thursday (or Maundy Thursday in the West) and tomorrow will be Holy Saturday.

The journey ends on Saturday night or Sunday morning when Pascha begins. In Eastern Christianity this word is considered more appropriate as the term Easter makes reference to a pre-Christian spring time celebration that had nothing to do with the Resurrection of Jesus, which we celebrate on this day. The following week is called Bright Week and, as you all know, it reflects the joy of the Resurrection. But until then, there are two more days of mourning, days on which we remember how, about two thousand years ago, men killed God.

Have a blessed Pascha!

A phrase a week (10)

Hi and welcome to another post in this series. As you probably remember, in the previous nine I’ve been looking at phrases that had to do with clothing and one of the last verbs I wrote about was fit. Today I’m going to stick with this word, but shift away from clothes towards other things. That’s because fit has multiple senses and one of those is install or fix (something) into place. That can be a piece of equipment or a new part onto a machine, so that it is ready to be used. Here are some examples: They fitted smoke alarms to their homes. | Anti-theft devices are fitted to all our cars. | The plumber came to fit the sink this morning. Please note the preposition to, normally used with this meaning of the verb. Learn them together as a single unit and you will sound more natural and accurate when you’re talking and reduce the risk of making mistakes. Now, try to come up with one or two examples of your own to practice the newly-learned phrase. Experience has shown that our own examples will help us remember these phrases more easily.

Bye for now and remember : learning or reviewing two or three phrases a day can really make a difference. And, anyone can find 2-3 minutes on a day.

Spaghetti growing on trees?

Hi. For advanced learners of English, here’s an absolutely hilarious April Fool’s Day joke played by the BBC on April 1st 1957. It shows farmers picking spaghetti from trees and laying the strands out to dry. Thousands of people in Britain phoned the TV channel the next day to ask about how they could grow their own spaghetti  🙂