Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Easter Season

Easter Sunday is the most important day in all of Christianity. It is the cornerstone of all Christ-based churches because it is the celebration of the day that Jesus rose from the dead. It is also a season within the Catholic Church spanning Easter Sunday to Pentecost. This is the day that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is often said to have passed over death. This is a reference that is Jewish in root. Passover is one of the high days within the Jewish. Easter Sunday can fall anytime between Late March and Late April and was assigned this time frame in 325 at the Council of Nicaea, when it was said that Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday and there for Easter should be celebrated on a Sunday. The Easter season follows the 40 days of Lent which is the period of penance that preceding Easter Sunday. Lent runs right though Palm Sunday which is the day of Jesus Triumphant return into Jerusalem .

The bridge between the end of Lent, Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday is known as Holy Week. This includes the Easter Tritium, which is the Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. According to the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew Mark and Luke, They all tell the story of Jesus arriving in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. They then move on to the preparation for the Passover meal which was actually Holy Thursday, and the meal which Jesus instituted Eucharist. Good Friday also has references in the Gospels to Passover where Pilates asks if the Jews wanted Jesus released as part of the Passover custom. This leads to what is called the Passion of Our Lord, his crucifixion and ultimately his death. And because of Passover and the Sabbath, Jesus was laid in the tomb. of Holy Saturday which lead into the Passover of the Lord, into Easter Sunday, which the Lord passed from Death into Life.

This is where the Easter season starts. The eight days immediately after Easter, or the Octave of Easter continues the Easter story in the gospels, which carries us though the Easter Season which will end at Pentecost.




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