This weekend signals the end of 40 days of fasting and prayer for Christians celebrating the Easter season. Holy Thursday is the observation of the Last Supper, where Christians believe Jesus Christ established the sacrament of Holy Communion and formed the priesthood that would serve after Him. Good Friday commemorates His crucifixion and death, while Easter Sunday celebrates His resurrection from the dead and the cleansing of humankind’s sins.
Somewhere amid all this solemnity, we ended up with the Easter Bunny. It’s a jarring addition to an otherwise imposing occasion, like paying homage to the Battle of Gettysburg with “Winky, The Gettysburg Gopher.” How did such a grave event end up with this unlikely mascot?