Easter represents the fulfillment of God's promises to mankind and is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday), and is the beginning of the Easter season of the Church’s liturgical year.

As we know from the Bible, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion, which would be Sunday. Saint Paul wrote that, unless Christ rose from the dead, our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:17). Through his death, Christ saved mankind from bondage to sin, and He destroyed the hold that death has on all of us; but it is His Resurrection that gives us the promise of new life, both in this world and the next. Jesus’ resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. It is the singular event which proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead.

Based on direct evidence from the mid-second century, it is believed that Easter was regularly celebrated from the earliest days of the Church. The Easter date is movable and always falls on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Easter in the Roman Catholic Church is always on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.

Following Easter Sunday, the season of Easter begins and lasts for seven weeks, ending with Pentecost. On Saturday, April 28th, we celebrate the Easter Season with our annual Easter Supper beginning at 5 p.m. at The Lyceum Event Center. Please join us in exchanging well wishes to each other and enjoying a hearty meal. We hope to share this richly symbolic and beautiful meal with you and your families.

Our prayer is that this Easter season will be for all of us truly a season of new beginnings and blessings. Let us together pray to be set free of all that is contrary to the Gospel of Christ. Let our hearts truly be open and receptive to receive Christ Jesus, hear His word and be ready for its transforming power.