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posted 9 Apr 2009, 13:36 by St Lawrence C of E Church   [ updated 1 Mar 2017, 01:18 ]
The quote "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said ." is from Matthew 28:6 which is Matthew's account of the resurrection of Christ:
"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come,
see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly,
and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead;
and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee;
there shall ye see him: lo,I have told you."

And this is, of course, what Easter is all about.

So why all the eggs?

Before the advent of the Easter egg, the egg was a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in Pagan celebrations of spring and was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the rebirth.

The Easter egg is much more than a celebration of the ending of Lent, it is a declaration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Traditionally, Easter eggs were dyed red to the represent the blood of Christ, redeeming the world and human redemption through the blood shed in the sacrifice of the crucifixion; and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed tomb of Christ - the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead.

The decorating and colouring of eggs for Easter was the custom in England during the middle ages. 

As time went by, artificial eggs were made and by the end of the 17th century, manufactured eggs made of various materials were available for purchase at Easter, for giving as Easter gifts and presents. Easter eggs continued to evolve through the 18th and into the 19th Century, with hollow cardboard eggs filled with gifts and sumptuously decorated, culminating in the ultimate in Easter eggs, the fabulous Faberge Eggs.

By the turn of the 19th Century, the discovery of the modern chocolate making process meant that the hollow, moulded Chocolate Easter Egg was fast becoming the Easter gift of choice in the UK and many parts of Europe, and by the 1960's it was well established worldwide.