Ave Sol Invictus

Heil Helios!  Here is a snippet from the net to celebrate the Feast of Helios/Easter Sunday.  Remember that as devout Aryans climb up the steps towards the holy doorways of their Aryan Churches,  they first glance upwards to greet Helios, the Bright One God of our race.  Enjoy:

 

 

 Special celebrations were held in most countries of Europe during the early morning hours of Easter Sunday. According to legend all running water was blessed with great powers to protect and heal. In rural sections the inhabitants still perform various water rites at the dawn of the feast. In Austria, groups of young people gather long before sunrise in meadows or on hilltops to dance traditional Easter dances and sing their ancient carols. Here is the text and music of one such old song:

This is now indeed a most heavenly night, 
The Savior is risen in glory and light; 
He rose when dawn was approaching soon.

All things do rejoice on this morning so fair; 
The fire, the water, the soil and the air, 
The stars above, and the paling moon.

So stand we and sing in the dawn’s early glow, 
Till Easter day brightens the valley below: 
Hail, Helios, thou Light of eternal noon![53]

A universal celebration was held in the Middle Ages at the hour of sunrise. According to an old legend, the sun dances on Easter morning or makes three cheerful jumps at the moment of rising, in honor of Christ’s Resurrection. The rays of light penetrating the clouds were said to be angels dancing for joy. In Ireland and England people would put a pan of water in the east window and watch the dancing sun mirrored in it.

All over Europe people would gather in open plains or on the crests of hills to watch the spectacle of sunrise on Easter Day. The moment of daybreak was marked by the shooting of cannon and the ringing of bells. Bands and choirs used to greet the rising sun as a symbol of the Risen Christ with Easter hymns and alleluia songs. This morning salute is still performed in the Alpine regions of Austria.

On the island of Malta, a quaint custom is practiced at sunrise on Easter Day. A group of men carries a statue of the Savior from their church to a hilltop of the neighborhood, not in slow and solemn procession but running uphill as fast as they can, to indicate the motion of rising.

In most places the crowds would pray as the sun appeared; often this prayer service was led by the priest, and the whole group would afterward go in procession to the parish church for Easter Mass. From this medieval custom dates our modern sunrise service held by many congregations.

As the newly baptized Christians in the early centuries wore white garments of new linen, so it became a tradition among all the faithful to appear in new clothes on Easter Sunday, symbolizing the “new life” that the Lord, through His Resurrection, bestowed upon all believers.

 

Another picturesque old Easter Sunday custom is the “Easter walk” through fields and open spaces after Mass. This is still held in many parts of Europe. Dressed in their finery, the men and women, especially the younger ones, march in a well- ordered parade through the town and into the open country. A decorated crucifix or, in some places, the Easter candle is borne at the head of the procession. At certain points on the route they recite prayers and sing Easter hymns, interspersed with gay chatting along the way. In some parts of Germany and Austria, groups of young farmers ride on richly decorated horses (Osterritt). After the Reformation this medieval Easter walk lost its original religious character and gradually developed into our present-day Easter parade.

On Easter Sunday open house is held in most Christian nations. Relatives, neighbors, and friends exchange visits. Easter eggs and bunnies are the order of the day, and special Easter hams are the principal dish at dinner. In the rural parts of Austria, any stranger may freely enter any house on Easter Sunday; he will be welcomed by the host and may eat whatever Easter food he wishes. Among the Christians in the Near East the whole Sunday (after Mass and breakfast) is spent in visiting friends and neighbors; wine, pastry, and coffee are served, and children receive presents of eggs and sweets.

On Easter Sunday afternoon most people in the villages and towns of central Europe come back to church for the solemn services of Vespers and Benediction. At the sermon that preceded this afternoon service, a quaint custom was practiced in those regions during medieval times. The priests would regale their congregations with funny stories and poems, drawing moral conclusions from these jolly tales (Ostermarlein: Easter fables). The purpose of this unusual practice was to reward the faithful with something gay after the many sad and serious Lenten preachings, a purpose easily achieved as the churches rang with the loud and happy laughter of the audience (risus paschalis: Easter laughter). This tradition is found as early as the thirteenth century. From the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries the custom was widespread, and a number of collections of Easter fables appeared in print.[54] The reformers violently attacked the practice as an abuse, however, and it was gradually suppressed by the Church during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

It is an ancient custom in Slavic countries (Russia, Ukraine, Poland, etc.) to ring the church bells with short intervals all day from morning to night on Easter Sunday, reminding the faithful that it is the greatest feast of the year.

One of the most impressive Easter sights in the world, admired by people of all faiths, is the annual illumination of St. Peter’s Church in Rome on the evening of the feast day. The whole majestic cathedral becomes a mass of flickering lights against the dark sky, every detail of its architectural structure outlined. From all parts of the city, but especially from the Pincio, tens of thousands watch this breathtaking, unforgettable sight in silence. After an hour or two, the lights slowly change to a reddish hue, and gradually fade away.

 

 

There is much Aryan Wisdom to be found here:  On Easter morn rays of sunlight penetrate the clouds as angels dancing for joy, the waters are blessed by this rising sun to bless and heal, choirs sing to greet the Divine Beauty,  at the moment of dawn all Aryandom rings with the sounds of bells and cannons, even Great Helios Himself jumps three times for joy!

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