April 4th

The Lord is Risen, Alleluia!  For Christians, Easter is the most important celebration of the entire year.  From the way in which it is celebrated, one might be tempted to think that Christmas is our most important holy day.  Christmas is important, to be sure, but Saint Paul tells us that if Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, then our faith is in vain.  (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:14)

The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is foundational for our Christian faith.  Jesus Christ destroyed sin and death and opened the gates of Heaven for us precisely by His death and Resurrection.

Easter is such an important celebration that it is celebrated for fifty days.  We fasted for forty days in order to prepare ourselves for Easter, and now we celebrate the fact that Our Lord is truly risen during the Easter season.

The eight days following Easter are all celebrated as one long solemnity, liturgically.  These eight days are known as the “octave” of Easter.  After the Easter octave we enter into the Easter Season in which we continue to celebrate Our Lord’s resurrection.  During these days, we hear about the various appearances of Our Lord after His Resurrection but before His Ascension.

May you and your family experience the joy of Easter in abundance.

God bless,

Father White

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