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  • Title: The Festivals and their Meaning: II Easter: Contents
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    • The Blood-relationship and the Christ-relationship
    • The Teachings of the Risen Christ
  • Title: The Festivals and their Meaning: II Easter: Foreword
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    • event of the Christian religion. It was the pivotal event of the whole
    • So too the Christian Festivals were
    • or truths of the Christian revelation. They are in themselves, each
  • Title: The Festivals and their Meaning: II Easter: Note by Publisher
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture VI: Easter: The Mystery of the Future
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    • IN A former lecture I pointed out that Christianity is wider in
    • Christianity will have thrown off the outmoded forms of religious life
    • human culture. Christianity has the power in itself of transcending
    • Mysteries, in times long before Christianity had spread over the
    • replaced by the later, Christian Principle. In the Northern Mysteries
    • thither from Christianity. The presence of the Gothic Bible amid the
    • Christianity emerging from the narrow framework of the religious life
    • central idea of Christianity comes to birth, how it bursts the bonds
    • Christianity, as a religious idea. And after he had reached the
    • heights of that prophetic foreshadowing of Christianity to which he
    • Nibelungs,” this central Idea of Christianity found still wider
    • time when Christianity will embrace, not only the religious life, but
    • kindle the feeling of what Christianity can be for mankind in times to
    • relation between religion in the ordinary sense and Christianity. The
    • perhaps, those Christmas lectures in which we endeavoured to grasp the
    • meaning of Christmas in the light of the Mystery-knowledge. If from a
    • higher vantage-point we think of the Christmas Festival on the one
    • other, the relation between religion and Christianity, if rightly
    • moments of which I told you in connection with the Christmas Mystery,
    • In essentials, therefore, this pre-Christian Initiation consisted
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture VII: Spiritual Bells of Easter, I
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    • Christian Mystery. And so at Easter to-day the outer festival and its
    • Our Christian festival of Easter is only one of the forms of the
    • Western, Christian account of Easter, that there lies the possibility
    • the Christian account of Easter, achieve victory over death after
    • Those who understand the tidings of Christianity in the spiritual
    • Christ Jesus had been foretold by Moses,
    • telling of how the Power, which was later called Christ, made Himself
    • Christ and none other Who says of Himself to Moses: I am the I
    • realised that the God heralded by Moses is the Christ Who was
    • Christ Whom they worshipped; they recognised Christ as the One Who
    • fiery lightning on Sinai, was present as the Christ in the blood of
    • Jesus of Nazareth. Christ, descending into a human form, was manifest
    • human body — through the Christ Being?
    • hold of by a force that impels it to the spiritual. Christianity has
    • from spiritual heights to the earth. But the Avatar Christ has
    • physical body to such a degree that the Christ Impulse streams into
  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture VIII: Spiritual Bells of Easter, II
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    • Christ Who proclaimed Himself to Moses in the burning
    • Christ and no other Power than He Who declared to Moses: “I am
    • through the Christ Event this fire was spiritualised. Now, since the
    • Christ Power has penetrated the earth, by what can the flame of the
    • spirit that have been opened and awakened through the Christ Impulse
    • is spiritualised. And ever since the Christ Impulse awakened the eyes
    • the Mystery of Golgotha. And so both Moses and Paul beheld the Christ:
    • it was the Christ Who spoke with him. To the enlightened eyes of Paul,
    • Christ revealed Himself from the spiritualised fire. Matter
    • can raise and lead him upwards into the spiritual worlds. Christ
    • worlds. The pre-Christian saviours redeemed mankind with
    • Divine forces. Christ redeemed mankind with human
    • What would have happened on the earth if Christ had not appeared?
    • corpse of Christ Jesus on the Cross became the token of life, of the
    • earth able from its own elements to provide a raiment for the Christ.
    • Men will gladly tread this earth upon which Christ has walked. Union
    • with Christ kindles in the soul the power to find its way up into the
    • Christ is in reality, in the future they will learn to understand it,
    • Christ Impulse, into whose innermost being the Christ Power draws, can
    • within himself. For Christ is the great Healer of mankind. His Power
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture III: The Death of A God and Its Fruits In Humanity
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    • the Buddhists and the Christians, how little do they understand and
    • Christianity itself will lead more and more Christians to
    • When a professed Christian, knowing nothing beyond the external
    • that of Christianity through the methods leading to the development of
    • central nerve of Buddhism. And the Christian, too, hears of a
    • of Buddha in the twenty-ninth year of his life. A Christian who is an
    • But as anthroposophical Christians, our attitude to the Bodhisattva
    • Christian who is an anthroposophist says to the Buddhist: I understand
    • spiritual science from the ground of Christianity would ever dream, as
    • a Christian, of saying that the Buddha returns in the flesh. He knows
    • Bodhisattva to that of Buddha. Christianity itself has brought him
    • Christianity. He will realise that as in the case of the other
    • religions, Christianity has a Founder — Jesus of Nazareth —
    • of Nazareth through the centuries. But the Christian's view of the
    • significant fact is that Christianity differs from all other religions
    • Teacher. But to believe that the same is true of Christianity
    • Christianity is not that it looks back to Jesus of Nazareth as a great
    • Teacher. Christianity originates in a Deed, takes
    • — we call Christ. But a name cannot encompass the Divine Spirit
    • we recognise in Christ. No human name, no human word, can define a
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture I: Easter: The Festival of Warning
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    • Ever since the early days of Christianity it has been the custom to
    • draw a distinction between the festivals of Christmas and of Easter in
    • that the Christmas festival has been made immovable, having been fixed
    • The rigid point of time fixed for the Christmas festival indicates
    • purpose is to remind us of the birth of the Man into whom the Christ
    • through the Christ Impulse man is to be set free from the forces of
    • Christ Impulse, to become free of earthly conditions.
    • of the beginnings of Christianity, to some of those early mysteries
    • Christ Impulse within the whole history of mankind.
    • event in the evolution of Christianity was the appearance of the
    • Christianity. He became the Apostle of the Christians only after the
    • Christ in an extra-earthly, super-sensible manner. Thus Paul was a man
    • who could not be persuaded of the meaning of the Christ Impulse by
    • experience of Christ Jesus, we discover a strange and astounding fact
    • detect even for so long as that. Now the Christ Impulse entered into
    • as into the thirtieth year. And Christ Jesus lived His days of
    • As physical man, Paul was of about the same age as Christ Jesus
    • Himself. The time that Christ Jesus spent in His work on earth, Paul
    • spent as an anti-Christian. And the second half of his life was
    • happened for mankind through the working of the Christ Impulse.
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture II: The Blood-relationship and The Christ-relationship
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    • the beginning of Christianity. Easter is an appropriate occasion for
    • from any real understanding of the Christ Impulse and how closely this
    • interpretation of Christianity there was a fundamental break, with the
    • determined in pre-Christian times, could remain, but that man himself
    • designated as Christians, a community to which man allies himself in
    • Christians was not to be dependent on the blood; for of this
    • birth. But Christianity summons men not to rely upon what is brought
    • transformation, to allow the soul to develop, to be reborn in Christ,
    • forsaken God, had become unchristian, because a situation which had
    • Until the rise of Protestantism a Christian tradition was still
    • Christians to-day is no longer Christianity. Thus in the
    • anti-Christian impulse, which was of course there under the surface
    • To this cause alone are to be attributed the utterly unchristian
    • have persisted into the 20th. Two of the most unchristian
    • blood-principle. The Christian impulse towards universal humanity was
    • been found. The anti-Christian impulse makes its appearance first and
    • revolt against Christianity in the nationalism of the 19th
    • theology, in the sphere of modern Christian consciousness — all
    • anti-Christianity, and that which culminated in the tenets of Lenin
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture IV: Spirit Triumphant
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    • THERE is a significant contrast between the Christmas thought and
    • The Christmas thought points to birth. Through birth, the eternal
    • constitution is derived. The Christmas thought, therefore, links us
    • thought. Hence at the time when Pauline Christianity was beginning to
    • the Death but to the Resurrection of Christ Jesus that men's minds
    • were directed by words of power such as those of Paul: “If Christ
    • of early Christianity that was still an echo of Eastern wisdom. On the
    • other hand, there are pictures in which Christ Jesus is portrayed as
    • sleeps through his mortal existence. In early Christianity, man is
    • of Christendom men were still endeavouring to understand the Mystery
    • the fourth century A.D., Christianity became a
    • State religion — in other words, there crept into Christianity
    • Julian the Apostate, who was no Christian, but for all that a
    • deeply religious man, could not accept what Christianity had become
    • under Constantine. And so we see how in the fusion of Christianity
    • a picture of Christ Jesus which at the beginning simply was not there,
    • was not part of Christianity in its original form: the picture of
    • Christ Jesus as the crucified One, the Man of Sorrows, brought to His
    • This made a breach in the whole outlook of the Christian world. For the
    • the picture of Christ agonising on the Cross — is of the Christ
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  • Title: Festivals/Easter: Lecture V: The Teachings of The Risen Christ
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    • The Teachings of Christ, the Resurrected
    • Being we call the Christ to enter the realm of earthly life, the
    • Christ Who indeed belongs to those worlds whence the ancient Teachers
    • in the first Christian centuries looked back to the Mystery of
    • from the earliest Church Fathers and other Christian teachers —
    • Christ Jesus from direct eye-witnesses, or from those who had been
    • first four centuries of Christendom thanks to the remaining vestiges
    • everything that was known in those days about the Risen Christ, the
    • Christ Who had passed through the Mystery of Golgotha and then, in a
    • Christ meeting the disciples who had gone out to seek Him there are
    • Christ to His disciples.
    • experience at Damascus as a teaching which, given by the Risen Christ,
    • In those early times there was full realisation that Christ Jesus,
    • of the teachings which could be given by the Risen Christ to His
    •  Christ taught His initiated disciples, — “you can receive
    •  “Christ came down from spheres beyond the earth to the
    • by the Risen Christ to His disciples. And it worked with stupendous
    • That this secret should have been entrusted to Christ's first
    • But in the Mysteries into which Christ sent His message, it was
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