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 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.