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“Ostara” with the Pagans

by Teena L Myers

Every Easter Christians don their Sunday best and stream into churches to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. Pagans pack picnic baskets and head for open areas to celebrate resurrection, symbolized by spring’s arrival. This year, I left my Sunday best hanging in the closet and joined the Pagans at Audubon Park. From Pastor Velvet, who founded Covenant of the Pentacle Wiccan Church, to the newly initiated witch struggling to tie a proper ritual knot, I found friendly, sincere people.

As a teenager Velvet Rieth meet with a group of girl friends, who shared a common experience. All of them were victims of pedophiles. They dubbed themselves the Crescent City Swamp Witches. That small group evolved into the Wiccan church Velvet currently pastors. Velvet told me there were three thousand Pagans in New Orleans before Katrina. Today, the number is closer to one thousand. Pastor Velvet’s church is active in community service and other philanthropic activities. “One day,” said Pastor Velvet, “the goddess thumped me on the head and told me to start a prison ministry.”

Read the original article at: Nola New Orleans

Read the original article at: Nola New Orleans

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