May 2019

Fifty Days of Easter

No, Easter is not over yet. We often think of Easter as one day in the Christian Calendar, but actually it is a season that lasts 50 days. Beginning with the Easter Vigil on the Saturday before Easter and lasting until Pentecost, “Eastertide” is the longest season of the Christian year. Pentecost means 50 days and was originally a harvest festival in the Jewish calendar and was celebrated 50 days after Passover. Celebrating Easter for fifty days is not

duplicating Easter Sunday fifty times over, either. Rather, it’s taking time to reflect upon and delight in the truth of Easter and its implications for our lives. The basic truth of Easter is simple. In the classic litany of the church, it’s this: Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! On Easter Sunday, we celebrate this good news, rediscovering for ourselves what the earliest followers of Jesus realized on that first Easter Sunday. Yet the implications of the

resurrection are more than we can adequately ponder on one day. It takes a season to think about all the things this great event has brought to us. But even that is not enough. Every Sunday can be thought of as an Easter Sunday and we could spend our lives thinking about the meaning of the resurrection.


So, happy Eastertide. Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!