The season of Easter is the high point of the Christian year. We celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead, His triumph over sin and death!

What is Easter?

Easter, also called Pascha, is the oldest festival in the Christian church. Easter begins on Easter Sunday, followed by Eastertide, the broader season of Easter, that lasts for 50 days. This is the season which we commemorate the event that is the foundation of our faith, the resurrection. For 50 days, we celebrate the new life that we have in Christ because of his victory over sin and death. There is an old hymn that is sung throughout Easter: “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!” It is because of this truth that we celebrate. Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, we, who were dead in our sin, now have life!

 

Ways to Celebrate

  • Spend more time with Jesus as you celebrate your life in Him. Read through the lectionary passages, devote yourself to prayer, talk about your faith. Remember…You have new life! Don’t act the same.
  • As we just finished up a 40 day period of fasting in Lent, try to do a 50 day period of feasting. Invite others to share in meals, be generous with what you have, volunteer somewhere, give of yourself and your stuff.
  • Decorate something in your house in Easter gold to remind you of the joy of this season.

Eastertide Holy Days

Easter Sunday (April 16)

On this feast day, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Ascension of the Lord (May 25)

The Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on the fortieth day after Easter and commemorates the ascension of Jesus to Heaven.

Day of Pentecost (June 4)

The day of Pentecost marks the arrival of the Holy Spirit and marks the end of Eastertide.

Readings

Readings for each week begin on Thursday. Thursday – Saturday readings prepare you for the Sunday reading. Monday – Wednesday readings help you reflect on the Sunday reading.

Easter 2

Thursday – Psalm 16Song of Solomon 2:8-15Colossians 4:2-5

Friday – Psalm 16Song of Solomon 5:9-6:31 Corinthians 15:1-11

Saturday – Psalm 16Song of Solomon 8:6-7John 20:11-20

Sunday – April 23 2nd Sunday of Easter – Acts 2:14a, 22-32Psalm 161 Peter 1:3-9John 20:19-31

Monday – Psalm 114Judges 6:36-401 Corinthians 15:12-20

Tuesday – Psalm 114Jonah 1:1-171 Corinthians 15:19-28

Wednesday – Psalm 114Jonah 2:1-10Matthew 12:38-42


Easter 3

Thursday – Psalm 116:1-4,12-19Isaiah 25:1-51 Peter 1:8b-12

Friday – Psalm 116:1-4,12-19Isaiah 26:1-41 Peter 1:13-16

Saturday – Psalm 116:1-4,12-19Isaiah 25:6-9Luke 14:12-14

Sunday – April 30 3rd Sunday of Easter – Acts 2:14a,36-41Psalm 116:1-4,12-191 Peter 1:17-23Luke 24:13-35

Monday – Psalm 134Genesis 18:1-141 Peter 1:23-25

Tuesday – Psalm 134Proverbs 8:32-9:61 Peter 2:1-3

Wednesday – Psalm 134Exodus 24:1-11John 21:1-14


Easter 4

Thursday – Psalm 23Exodus 2:15b251 Peter 2:9-12

Friday – Psalm 23Exodus 3:16-22; 4:18-201 Peter 2:13-17

Saturday – Psalm 23Ezekiel 34:1-16Luke 15:1-7

Sunday – May 7 4th Sunday of Easter – Acts 2:42-47Psalm 231 Peter 2:19-25John 10:1-10

Monday – Psalm 100Ezekiel 34:17-231 Peter 5:1-5

Tuesday – Psalm 100Ezekiel 34:23-31Hebrews 13:20-21

Wednesday – Psalm 100Jeremiah 23:1-8Matthew 20:17-28


Easter 5

Thursday – Psalm 31:1-5,15-16Genesis 12:1-3Acts 6:8-15

Friday – Psalm 31:1-5,15-16Exodus 3:1-12Acts 7:1-16

Saturday – Psalm 31:1-5,15-16Jeremiah 26:20-24John 8:48-59

Sunday – May 14 5th Sunday of Easter – Acts 7:55-60Psalm 31:1-5,15-161 Peter 2:2-10John 14:1-14

Monday – Psalm 102:1-17Exodus 13:17-22Acts 7:17-40

Tuesday – Psalm 102:1-17Proverbs 3:5-12Acts 7:44-56

Wednesday – Psalm 102:1-17Proverbs 3:13-18John 8:31-38


Easter 6

Thursday – Psalm 66:8-20Genesis 6:5-22Acts 27:1-12

Friday – Psalm 66:8-20Genesis 7:1-24Acts 27:13-38

Saturday – Psalm 66:8-20Genesis 8:13-19John 14:27-29

Sunday – May 21 6th Sunday of Easter – Acts 17:22-31Psalm 66:8-201 Peter 3:13-22John 14:15-21

Monday – Psalm 93Genesis 9:8-17Acts 27:39-44

Tuesday – Psalm 93Deuteronomy 5:22-331 Peter 3:8-12

Wednesday – Psalm 93Deuteronomy 31:1-13John 16:16-24


Easter 7

Thursday – Ascension of the Lord – Acts 1:1-11Psalm 47Ephesians 1:15-23Luke 24:44-53

Friday – Psalm 932 Kings 2:1-12Ephesians 2:1-7

Saturday – Psalm 932 Kings 2:13-15John 8:21-30

Sunday – May 28 7th Sunday of Easter – Acts 1:6-14,Psalm 68:1-10, 2-351 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11John 17:1-11

Monday – Psalm 99Leviticus 9:1-11, 22-241 Peter 4:1-6

Tuesday – Psalm 99Numbers 16:41-501 Peter 4:7-11

Wednesday – Psalm 991 Kings 8:54-65John 3:31-36


Pentecost

Thursday – Psalm 33:12-22Exodus 19:1-9Acts 2:1-11

Friday – Psalm 33:12-22Exodus 19:16-25Romans 8:14-17

Saturday – Psalm 33:12-22Exodus 20:1-21Matthew 5:1-12

Sunday – June 4  Day of Pentecost – Acts 2:1-21Psalm 104:24-34,35b1 Corinthians 12:3b13John 20:19-23

Monday – Psalm 104:24-34,35bJoel 2:18-29Romans 8:18-24

Tuesday – Psalm 104:24-34,35bEzekiel 39:7-8, 21-29Romans 8:26-27

Wednesday – Psalm 104:24-34,35bNumbers 11:24-30John 7:37-39

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