This Joyful Eastertide
While we have come to view the seasons of the church’s year as a great treasure of the faith, in the Early Church there was really only a single church season: Easter. And some of this way of thinking remains in that each and every Sunday (be it in Lent or whenever) is a joyful celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.
We call the season of Easter the “Great Fifty Days” (ten days longer than its penitential precursor). Easter begins at sundown on the Saturday immediately before Easter Day. On this Saturday evening the church gathers in “great vigil” to hear the stories of salvation, to celebrate the rites of Christian initiation (baptism, confirmation) and to celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.
Our worship this season is punctuated by the paschal shout “Alleluia!” And at Holy Family we will observe this most festive of all seasons with additional opportunities for worship, study, fellowship and prayer. The season of Easter concludes with the Feast of Pentecost on May 19, with adult and infant baptisms. We hope you can join us as we celebrate this most joyful of seasons.