The Meaning of Easter

Easter for Christians is not just one day - it's a 50-day period.

The season of Easter, or Eastertide, begins at sunset on the eve of Easter and ends on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church (see Acts 2). The Easter season is more than just an extended celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. In the early church, Lent was a season for new converts to learn about the faith and prepare for baptism on Easter Sunday.

The initial purpose of the 50-day Easter season was to continue the faith formation of these new Christians. Today, this extended season gives us time to rejoice and experience what it means when we say Christ is risen.

It’s the season when we remember our baptisms  and as “Easter people,” we celebrate and ponder the birth of the Church and gifts of the Spirit (Pentecost), and how we are to live as faithful disciples of Christ.


 

Additional Easter Resources

The Way of Love Calendar for the Easter Season link

50 days of Easter link


 

Easter Service at St. Michael's

We video recorded our 5pm Saturday Easter Service

EASTER SERVICE BULLETIN

EASTER SERVICE SERMON

BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER


 

Good Friday Service at St. Michael's
Maundy Thursday Service at St. Michael's

 

Palm Sunday Service at St. Michael's

Click here for a Palm Sunday @Home helpful resource.

 

Fr. Bill Reads the Easter Story
Bishop Curry's Reflections

 

Holy Week Meditation & Ritual of Three Anointings

Holy Week Meditation Video

"Holy Week Meditation and Rituals of Anointings" ©www.worshipdesignstudio.com. Used with permission.

He came in humility and showed his power by laying down his life

Painting of the Gospel of Mark by parishioner Debby Topliff depicting the events of Holy Week