Alleluia! HE IS RISEN
Now since you are celebrating the holy Pascha (Easter), you should know brethren what the Pascha is. Pascha means the crossing-over, and so the Festival is called by this name. For it was on this day that the Children of Israel crossed over out of Egypt, and the Son of God crossed over from this world to His Father. What gain is it to celebrate unless you imitate Him whom you worship; that is, from the darkness of evildoing to the light of virtue, from he love of this world to the love of your heavenly home?
- St. Ambrose of Milan - "The Sunday of the Resurrection
Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar. On this Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Catholics, Easter Sunday comes at the end of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving known as Lent. Through spiritual struggle and self-denial, we have prepared ourselves to die spiritually with Christ on Good Friday, the day of His Crucifixion, so that we can rise again with Him in new life on Easter.
Easter is much more than a day though. In the Catholic Church Easter is an entire season! We celebrate Easter most profoundly and joyfully from the Easter Vigil until Divine Mercy Sunday (The Sunday after Easter). This is called the Octave of Easter, but the joyousness of the Easter season continues all the way until the feast of Pentecost (50 days after Easter).
Easter at ODS
More than Just Day, it's a Season
the Source and Summit of Our Faith
April 15th Easter Vigil 8:00 PM
April 16th 7:00 AM, 9:00AM 11:00 AM
May 27th (Vigil) 5:00 PM
May 28th 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM
June 3rd (Vigil) 5:00PM
June 4th 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM
What is Easter?
a Season of Celebrations
Divine Mercy Sunday