VOIS Concert, Holy Week, Passover, and Ramadan
VOIS Concert, Holy Week, Passover, and Ramadan
News and Programs 04.07.22
Voices of Inner Strength Spring Concert
Saturday, April 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
Online via OSRL Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmoryOSRL
Join the Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir, Emory's longstanding and spirit-filled gospel choir, for their annual Spring Concert.  There will be worship, community, and a time of food and celebration as we begin to close out the semester. 
All are welcome. Learn more here
Beloved Community Holy Week 2022
Palm Sunday: April 10, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel
Maundy Thursday Worship: Thursday, April 14, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Livestream on Facebook, Instagram, or on the Candler live stream. Sponsored by Candler School of Theology Office of Worship. 
Good Friday: April 15, 12:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
Easter Sunday: April 17, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel
Join the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life in Cannon Chapel for three major services to celebrate Holy Week. Palm Sunday we welcome Scott Mitchell, Macon Pride Founder, while Good Friday we are joined by Dr. Nichole Phillips, Associate Professor and Director of Black Church Studies in the Candler School of Theology. Finally on Easter Sunday we are joined by Oxford College Chaplain The Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace. 
For more information, please email religiouslife@emory.edu or click here
University Catholic Center
University Catholic Center: Holy Week
Palm Sunday
Saturday, April 9, 5:00 p..m., Vigil Mass at Oxford College Day Chapel
Sunday, April 10, 9:00 a.m., Mass at Emory University Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
Holy Thursday
Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m., 
Mass at Emory University Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
Good Friday Stations of the Cross
Friday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
Join us in prayer and reflection on the Passion of Christ with our newly installed outdoor Stations of the Cross, a 14-step devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on earth. All are invited. 
Good Friday
Friday, April 15, 8:00 p.m.,Veneration of the Cross and Communion Service at Emory University Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil
Saturday, April 16, 8:00 p.m., Vigil Mass at Emory University Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 17, 9:00 a.m., Mass at Emory University Cannon Chapel Sanctuary
Emory Passover 2022
April 15-23, 2022
Passover commemorates the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. It is celebrated for eight days with special prayers and symbolic foods at home, starting with the Seder, a ritual meal that re-enacts that ancient deliverance and emphasizes the freedom of the Jews under the guidance of God. The first two days and the last two days are holidays.
There are a number of ways to observe Passover at Emory University. See our Passover website below for updated programming and email Emory Jewish Chaplain Jordan Braunig at jordan.braunig@emory.edu for more information or with questions.
DIY Seder Workshop with Rabbi Jordan
Friday, April 8, 2:30 p.m., AMUC 125
Are you hosting your own Seder this Passover? Join Rabbi Jordan for a workshop on best practices for making seder meaningful, fun, and memorable.
For more information, please contact jordan.braunig@emory.edu
Hillel Passover 2022
Register by April 11
Passover is coming and Emory Hillel is excited to be offering meals over Passover at no cost to students, thanks to the generous support of the Emory community. Please RSVP for the meals you would like to attend, including Seders (DIY options available) and meals during the week.
All food served at Hillel is Kosher for Passover under the supervision of Rabbi Ilan Schwartz, Executive Director of Emory Hillel.
Please RSVP here by Monday, April 11 to ensure Hillel has enough food. For questions, E-mail ilan@emoryhillel.org.
Chabad Passover 2022
Chabad is hosting Seders on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at 8:00 pm. There will also be a dinner each night of Passover at 6:00 p.m. For more information about Passover at Chabad, please click here.
Emory Ramadan 2022
April 2-May 1, 2022
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, in which observing Muslims fast from all food and drink from dawn to sunset for a lunar month. Fasting is regarded as an essential spiritual practice for body, mind, and soul that is valued across Muslim communities.
The observance of fasting during the month of Ramadan is noted in the Qur'an and has come to represent the values of reflection, unity, celebration, and personal as well as communal growth. This year, the sacred month of Ramadan is expected to be observed from sundown April 2 through May 1, 2022. (These days could potentially shift one day based on the sighting of the moon.)
Emory Iftar Prayers and Dinners
The Muslim month of Ramadan will span April 2-May 1, 2022. During this time, Emory’s Muslim community will be observing with daily fasting from dawn through the sunlight hours and nightly iftar communal prayers and dinner. On Atlanta campus, weeknight prayer and dinner will occur at Cannon Chapel with gathering at about 7:45 p.m., followed by prayer and dinner. Saturday and Sunday prayers and dinner will occur at the Emory Student Center. Weeknight iftars are hosted by OSRL, MSA, GMSC, Emory Muslim Alumni, and several Emory schools, divisions, and units. 
The Muslim community does not need to register, but guests should register by emailing religiouslife@emory.edu.
Indigenous Language Path Engagement Sessions
The Emory community is invited to learn about and provide input into a university-wide project to develop physical reminders and rituals on Emory’s Oxford and Atlanta campuses to honor Muscogee language and knowledge as the indigenous language and knowledge of this land.
Please join us for open engagement sessions with the Native-led consulting firm Kauffman Associates, Inc. (KAI) who are beginning to lead us in the engagement process toward the Path. RSVP is required below. 
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Oxford Campus
    • Noon-1:30 pm, For Faculty, Staff, and Students with Lunch, Dean’s Dining Room
    Atlanta Campus
    • 5:30-7:00 pm, For Faculty, Staff, and Students with Dinner, Convocation Hall 210
    In-person encouraged. Zoom option if needed. 
    To learn more about the Indigenous Language Path, please visit: https://president.emory.edu/race-social-justice/task-force/language-path.htmlPlease note that additional engagement opportunities are being planned for the Fall 2022 semester. 
    For questions, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu.
    OSRL Midweek Music Meditation
    Midweek Musical Meditation 
    Wednesday, 12:00 p.m., Zoom and Facebook Live
    All are invited to reflect and decompress in a mid-week, mid-day time of sacred music. Join Maury Allums, Director of Music, and the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life in taking a moment to breathe and connect with others in our community.
    Visit OSRL Midweek Music to register for this weekly event via Zoom and to receive updates on our weekly musical reflections. You can also watch live on Facebook by visiting the Emory OSRL Facebook page
    Midweek Musical Meditation, April 6, 2022
    Midweek Musical Meditation, April 6, 2022
    International Community Friday Lunch
    Friday, April 8, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cannon Chapel Brooks Commons
    International Community Friday Lunch is back for the spring semester. If you're looking to connect with other International Students and Scholars, please join us. 
    April 8 Host: Office of the President
    Registration is required by the Tuesday before the lunch, do so online. Sponsored by Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and International Student and Scholar Services. 
    EDOG Thank You
    Emory Day of Giving: Thank You from OSRL
    The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life sends a special thank you to all who donated to OSRL and those who attended our AMUC Open House on this year's Emory Day of Giving (EDOG) March 30-31. We received over $7,500 from 81 gifts, a new OSRL EDOG record in both number of gifts and amount raised. These gifts strengthen our community and enhance spiritual life on campus and for the many communities we serve. You can contribute to OSRL anytime at our website here
    We also want to thank all who came to our AMUC 125 Open House. It is always exciting to see new faces and share the new and improved space with you. All are welcome during business hours to stop by and see our lounge, prayer room, and office spaces.
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    Upcoming Programs
    Emory Buddhist Club Guided Meditation
    Thursday, April 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel Sanctuary or via Zoom
    EBC hosts a weekly social to build community among our members. Feel free to come to Cannon Chapel 30 minutes before the weekly meditation meetings to hang out, get to know your peers, and enjoy some tasty snacks.
    This week, EBC is pleased to welcome to lead meditation Emory Buddhist Chaplain The Venerable Priya Sraman. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School focused on Buddhist Ministry, a Master of Buddhist Studies degree from the University of Hong Kong, and a Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies from Mahachulalong-kornrajavidyalaya University in Thailand. Venerable Priya is originally from Chattogram, Bangladesh, and currently lives in Atlanta.
    If you have any questions, contact Emory OSRL Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Priya.
    HSA aarti
    Emory HSA Aarti
    Friday, April 8, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
    Join Emory Hindu Student Association for weekly Aarti this Friday at 5:00 p.m. in Cannon Chapel. 
    For more information contact, please contact Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya

    Emory MSA Meal Pack
    Saturday, April 16, 11:00 a.m., ESC Multipurpose Rooms 1-3
    Looking for an opportunity to increase your good deeds during Ramadan. Emory MSA is hosting a meal packing event in collaboration with Islamic Relief USA and other MSAs across Georgia.
    To RSVP for this event, click here.
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    University Catholic Center Upcoming Programs
    Being Catholic in College: A Fellowship and Adoration NIght
    Thursday, April 7, 6:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
    Fr. Branson Hipp will be joining us this week for pizza, a conversation about being Catholic in college, and an opportunity to pray and adore Christ in the Eucharist. Bring a friend and join in the conversation.
    Lenten Penance Service
    Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., University Catholic Center
    Whether you have gone to confession recently or have not for many years, this is a great chance to prepare for the coming of our Lord this Easter. We will have music, adoration, and multiple priests to help hear confessions.
    Stations of the Cross
    Thursday, April 7, 5:30 p.m., 
    University Catholic Center
    Join in prayer and refelection on the Passion of Christ with our newly installed outdoor Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross is a 14-set deveotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth. All are invited.
    Meatless Lenten Dinner
    Friday, April 8, 6:30 p.m., University Catholic Center
    All students are invited to join us on the first Friday of Lent for dinner at the University Catholic Center, hosted by the Graduate Catholic Student Association. Join friends new and old for refreshments, fellowship, and prayer.  
    Emory HSA: Akbar's Court
    Friday, April 8, 7:00-9:00 p.m., MSC Lobby
    Join Emory Hindu Student Assocation for interfaith and intercultural discussions with a variety of Emory student organizations on April 8 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Mathematics and Science Center lobby. Dinner will be provided.
    For more information contact, please contact Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya

    Global Festival and World Cup
    Friday, April 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m., McDonough Field
    Every year, the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and our committee work hard to host our annual Global Festival, which celebrates cultural awareness and diversity in the form of food, cultural exhibit booths led by student organizations, music, and performances. This event is a tradition that has pulled together 800 people, including faculty, staff, community members, and students from all of Emory’s schools, to celebrate diverse cultures in past years. This is an important festival held dear to many, as it brings people from around the world together, educates the Emory community about various cultures, and celebrates diversity. Co-sponsored by Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
    RSVP for the event on the Hub or Corq
    Candler School of Theology: "The Unfinished Search for Common Ground: A Conference on the Life and Work of Howard Thurman"
    April 8-9, 2022, In-person or Online
    This two-day conference is designed to introduce attendees to Howard Thurman's work and provide an opportunity for scholars, social activists, and religious leaders to consider ways in which Thurman's understanding of community can address diversity and inclusion. Speakers will include Walter Earl Fluker, Barbara Brown Taylor, Peter Eisenstadt, and Luther E. Smith, Jr.
    For more information and to register, click here.  
    Jason Francisco Book Launch - "Alive and Destroyed A Meditation on the Holocaust in Time"
    Monday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Zoom
    Join Emory University’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) in celebrating the publication of TIJS affiliated faculty member Jason Francisco's book, "Alive and Destroyed: A Meditation on the Holocaust in Time,” published by Daylight Book.         
    Francisco, Emory University Film and Media Studies Associate Professor, will be in conversation with Kevin Karnes, Associate Dean for the Arts in Emory College. Moderating the event will be Kate Rosenblatt, the Jay and Leslie Cohen Assistant Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies.          
    Register here to recieve the zoom link.

    Emory Buddhist Club: Spring Clothing Swap
    Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m., McDonough Plaza (across from ESC)
    Refresh your spring wardrobe and donate clothes you no longer wear at the EBC Spring Clothing Swap. We are hostinga this event to promote Buddhist virtues like generosity and sharing and we’d love to get our members—as well as the wider Emory community—involved.
    Here’s how it works:
    1. Drop off items of clothing you no longer want at one of the campus collection boxes starting Wednesday, March 23 until Tuesday, April 12. There will be collection boxes in several convenient locations across campus, such as in:
    • WoodPec
    • SAAC
    • AMUC - room 125 OSRL suite
    • Woodruff Library - entrance
    • Cannon Chapel
    • School of Public Health (Grace Crum & Claudia Nance Rollins Buildings)
  • Come to the clothing swap the week after collection ends to find new clothes. You may also hand in your old clothes on the day of the event as well.
  • All remaining items will be donated to local non-profits/homeless shelters or recycled—nothing goes to the landfill.

    For more information about this event, please contact either Jasmine Mahadumrongkul (cmahadu@emory.edu) or Emily Baselt (emily.baselt@emory.edu).
  • Off Campus Programs
    Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
    Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta: Weekly Church Action Enewsletter
    The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta welcomes churches, faith-based and secular nonprofit organizations, individuals, businesses, and others to join us for fellowship, to network, and to explore ideas and issues of importance to the community. We work together to promote the common good, magnify the work and witness of the church, and help establish the kingdom of God throughout our region, nation, and all of creation. View their website here and see a few highlighted items from their most recent newsletter below:  
    40th annual Ecumenical Good Friday Pilgrimage (Urban Way of the Cross)
    Friday, April 15, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m, Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    This walking prayer is a moving experience that includes scripture readings, reflections, prayer and music as we remember the passion of Christ and the social injustices in our world today. Buses will be available to return participants to the start point. You are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation as parking is limited. The 2-mile route is considered wheel chair accessible, but please keep in mind that not all of the sidewalks along the route are smooth or wide. Please contact Kat Doyle for more information. This event is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Justice and Peace Ministries.
    New American Pathways’ 2022-2023 “Civic Pathways”
    Application for this leadership development program is now open. This eight-month program, co-hosted by the UGA Fanning Institute for Leadership, is designed for emerging refugee and immigrant leaders interested in public service and engaging in advocacy, community organizing, and voter engagement as channels of empowerment for themselves and their community. The cohort will meet from September 2022-April 2023. Graduates will receive a $1,000 stipend upon completing the program. Apply online by May 6. For more information, or to recommend someone for the program, contact Ashley Coleman.  For information on how to be a Civic Pathways program sponsor, contact Nancy Gaddy
    The Mandala of Avalokiteshvara
    Saturday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 4, McDonough Plaza (across from ESC)
    The Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, in conjunction with our founding partner, Drepung Loseling Monastery, would like to announce a special virtual event. Beginning on Saturday, April 30 through Wednesday, May 4, monks from the 600-year-old Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a mandala of the Buddha Avalokiteshvara with millions of grains of colored sand.
    Additionally, each webcast session will include traditional monastic chanting and guided meditations in English focused on peace and healing that are appropriate for those of any or no faith tradition to practice. In response to the many crises and divisions that are ongoing around the world, the mandala of Avalokiteshvara was selected as Avalokiteshvara represents compassion united with wisdom. In the Tibetan tradition, this Buddha is invoked through ritual arts and meditation to promote peace and healing particularly in response to war, epidemics, and natural disasters. Given the prevalence of so many crises around the world and the many people suffering because of these events, this five-day event is dedicated to all affected by these difficulties.
    We invite you to attend the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the daily meditations, and to view the livestream of the mandala construction.
    Register here
    Partner Programs
    Plastathon Campus Competition
    Thursday, April 7, 6:00-8:30 p.m., Emory Point          
    Join The Hatchery, Plastic Free Emory, and the Emory Office of Sustainability for Plastathon, a campus-wide Hackathon focused on waste streams across Emory’s campuses.
    During the event, students will be able to create a working prototype, get advice directly from Emory Faculty and Staff Mentors, and pitch their work to the Emory community.
    To register for this event, click here.
    Race and Difference: Colloquium Series
    Monday, April 11, 12:00 p.m., Zoom          
    Our next guest is Dr. Rava Shelyn Chapman, our 2021-2022 JWJI Fellow. She will discuss "The Womanist Humanistic Research Lab presents The Black Ecology Study."
    All events are free, but registration is required. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link. Please register here.
    Emory Cares: National Volunteer Week
    April 17-23         
    Can you believe we’ve already stepped into the month of April? It’s now your time to take one step forward this month by serving with us during Emory Cares.There are many ways to volunteer this season at varying commitment levels. If you are interested in learning more about what opportunities are available to you this month, click here. Whether by encouraging an Emory student during finals week, volunteering at an in-person service project in your area, or supporting the Sustainability Initiatives Fund, you can be a part of Emory Cares wherever you are. Let’s get out there and show the world that #EmoryCares.
    Here are a few ways to get involved: 
    • Find an in-person volunteer opportunity with the Emory community near you here. 
    • Don’t see a project listed in your area? Take the lead, and add your own. Submit an Emory Cares project plan here. 
    • Build common ground with other changemakers in the Emory community by hosting a virtual Emory Community Conversation 
    • Join the dialogue on Food Justice & Sustainability and register for our virtual Emory Explores event on April 21 with Yaza Sarieh 18Ox 20C.  
    • Support the Sustainability Initiatives Fund to grow and sustain experiential sustainability internships and programs for Emory students. 
    • Show your love and appreciation for your community throughout April by downloading our Emory Cares promo toolkit and spreading the word on social media using #emorycares.  
    ASC Calendar
    Asian Student Center: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
    This week marks the start of our annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month celebrations. While on a national level these celebrations fall during May, the Office for RACE and the Asian Student Center (ASC) will be holding a series of programs throughout the month of April to highlight the distinct histories and shared experiences of this ever-evolving group of communities.
    This year, we are centering a theme of “I Am, We Are (Still Here),” to reaffirm our commitment to caring for ourselves and each other. Stop by the ASC (AMUC 108) any time this month to share what this sentiment means to you, and check out the calendar below for upcoming programs and events. Learn more here
    Opportunities and Resources
    Emory Libraries: "Library Voice"
    Emory Libraries is launching a campus-wide engagement survey to learn how members of our community perceive and use the libraries’ services, programs, and spaces.
    Be on the lookout for our print, digital, and online campaign from March 30 through April 20. During this time the Emory community will receive weekly email reminders with unique links to the survey and the chance to sign up for a raffle and win one of five sets of earphones valued between $20 and $50 each.
    Learn more about the Libraries here
    CAPS: Spring 2022 Virtual Groups
    This includes our Stress Clinic Classes and our classes on Coping with Difficult Thoughts & Feelings (5 sessions). For more information or to sign up, students can go to https://thehub.emory.edu/organization/caps.
    Faculty and Staff Resources
    Midweek Musical Meditation
    Every Wednesday in Term, 12:00-12:15 p.m., Zoom and Facebook live
    Take a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others, guided by OSRL Music Director Maury Alums. To register for updates and register for the event via zoom, visit http:bit.ly/OSRLMidWeekMusic. You can also watch the event live on Emory OSRL Facebook. 
    Spiritual Life Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
    ERGs are employee-led groups established around common interests or identities. ERGs enable employees to create supportive professional communities and provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, advocacy, and professional development. To explore the possibility of joining or creating an ERG related to a religious or philosophical tradition, please email religiouslife@emory.edu
    Pastoral Care 
    All of the chaplains in OSRL are available for pastoral care, which is a form of confidential care and counseling provided by spiritual and humanistic leaders. As practiced by OSRL, it is offered to Emory students, faculty, and staff members of all faiths and no faith, and it makes no assumptions about a person's faith or practice. It can be as simple as a listening ear for emotional and existential support, or it can involve exploring beliefs, teachings, scriptures, and rituals. For an appointment, please contact the chaplains directly here.
    Weekly Spiritual Gatherings Open to All Faculty and Staff
    There are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. 
    Here are a few that are open to faculty and staff:
    • Compassion Meditation, Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom, contact us for more info here
    • Buddhist Meditation, Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel 106 and via Zoom
    • Jumu’ah Prayer, Fridays, 1:55 p.m., Cannon Chapel
    • Hindu Aarti, Fridays, 5:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
    • Hillel Shabbat, Fridays, 6:00 p.m., Marcus Hillel Center, RSVP Here
    • Chabad Shabbat, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., RSVP Here.
    • Catholic Mass
      • Sundays, 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Cannon Chapel
      • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m., University Catholic Center
    • Beloved Community Protestant Worship, Sundays, 11:00 a.m., Cannon Chapel
    • Emory Employee Christian Prayer Group, Mondays, 8:00 a.m., via Zoom, contact Jacynta Brewton for information.
    Other gatherings are listed here.
    Spiritual and Religious Life at Emory Offerings
    Weekly Spiritual Gatherings
    There are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. Many of them are listed here and at the button below. 
    Can't find what you're looking for? Contact many of our undergraduate and graduate communities directly or contact our religious life affiliates and OSRL staff
    For questions, or to add an item to our weekly gatherings page, please email religiouslife@emory.edu.
    Weekly Gatherings
    Upcoming Religious Holidays
    These events are drawn from the multifaith calendar maintained by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Harvard Divinity School. To see more upcoming religious holidays and festivals, please click here
    Great Lent
    Mon., Mar. 7 – Sat., Apr. 23, 2022
    Tradition: Christianity-Orthodox
    In Orthodox churches, the first day of Lent marks the beginning of the Great Fast, the final six weeks of a 10-week period leading up to Holy Week and Easter (Pascha). In the churches that follow the Gregorian calendar, Lent is a six-week observance (40 days excluding Sundays) beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating in Holy Week. It is a time of repentance and sacrifice in preparation for Easter.
    Fri., Apr. 1 – Sun., May 1, 2022
    Tradition: Islam
    The Holy Month of Ramadan is the month of fasting during which Muslims who are physically able do not eat or drink from the first sign of dawn until sunset in honor of the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad. The evening meal is celebrated with family.
    Palm Sunday
    Sun., Apr. 10, 2022
    Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
    Celebrates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, marking the beginning of Holy Week that culminates in Easter or Pascha. In some churches, Palm Sunday is combined with the anticipation of Christ's death and so is also known as "Passon Sunday." Orthodox Christians often observe this Sunday on a date different from the date on which Protestant and Roman Catholics observe it.
    Sun., Apr. 10, 2022
    Tradition: Hinduism
    Celebrates the birthday of Rama, the seventh incarnation of the God Vishnu. The Ramayana, one of the Hindu epics that tells the story of Rama, is read during the previous eight days.
    Wed., Apr. 13, 2022
    Tradition: Sikhism
    Occurs on the first day of the solar year. It is primarily an agricultural festival, celebrating the harvest, and is especially important in North India. It is named after the month Vaisakh. For Sikhs, it is also the anniversary of the creation of the Khalsa (the "Brotherhood of the Pure") in 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh.
    Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday
    Thu., Apr. 14, 2022
    Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
    Commemorates the institution of the Lord's Supper/the Eucharist by Jesus prior to his arrest and execution. "Maundy" is derived from the Latin text of John 13:34, in which Jesus gives a mandatum novum ("new commandment"). The date observed by Protestants and Roman Catholics differs from the date observed by Orthodox Christians.
    Mahavir Jayanti
    Thu., Apr. 14, 2022
    Tradition: Jainism
    Celebrates the birthday of Lord Mahavira. Born with the name Vardhamana in ca. 599 BCE, he was later given the titles of honor, Mahavira ("Great Hero") and Jina ("Conqueror" or "Victor"), a title applied also to the other Tirthankaras.
    Vaisakhi (Baisakhi)
    Thu., Apr. 14, 2022
    Tradition: Hinduism
    Occurs on the first day of the solar year. It is primarily an agricultural festival, celebrating the harvest, and is especially important in North India. It is named after the month Vaisakh. For Sikhs, it is also the anniversary of the creation of the Khalsa (the "Brotherhood of the Pure") in 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh.
    Good Friday
    Fri., Apr. 15, 2022
    Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
    Commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ, i.e., his death by crucifixion. Observed as Holy Friday by Orthodox Christians on a different date from the one observed by Protestants and Roman Catholics.
    Passover (Pesach)
    Fri., Apr. 15 – Sat., Apr. 23, 2022
    Tradition: Judaism
    Passover commemorates the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. It is celebrated for eight days with special prayers and symbolic foods at home, starting with the Seder, a ritual meal that re-enacts that ancient deliverance and emphasizes the freedom of the Jews under the guidance of God. The first two and the last two days are holidays.
    Easter Sunday
    Sun., Apr. 17, 2022
    Tradition: Christianity-Protestant, Christianity-Roman Catholic
    Celebrates the resurrection from death of Jesus Christ. It is the oldest and most important festival in the Christian year and initiates the 50-day period culminating in Pentecost. Protestant and Roman Catholic Christians often observe Easter on a different date than Orthodox Christians.
    Palm Sunday
    Sun., Apr. 17, 2022
    Tradition: Christianity-Orthodox
    Celebrates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, marking the beginning of Holy Week that culminates in Easter or Pascha. In some churches, Palm Sunday is combined with the anticipation of Christ's death and so is also known as "Passon Sunday." Orthodox Christians often observe this Sunday on a date different from the date on which Protestant and Roman Catholics observe it.
    Emory OSRL ENews is published weekly during term by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life publicizing Atlanta-campus spiritual life programs. It is not a comprehensive listing. For Oxford College spiritual life, please click here. To submit information or to update your preferences, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu. 
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