Easter has just begun, as we embark upon the greatest celebration in the Church Year over the next fifty days. In this season we rejoice in Jesus’ triumph over sin and death, which opened to us the way of life. This is the greatest news the world has ever received, and that is why we keep the celebration going!
Sadly, however, after taking on or giving up things for Lent, in addition to attending extra services that draw us closer to the Lord in preparation for Easter, many return to former routines during the most incredible time of the year. So, in the weeks to come, keep an eye on this space for suggestions on how to keep the festivities going as we reflect upon the most amazing event in human history. I hope that they assist you in embracing and living out the joy of Easter.
Let me suggest a few ways to do so this week. First, the acclamation above, with which we will open each service throughout these fifty days, is a traditional greeting that can be used among your family. In times past, Christians, during Easter, would greet each other not by saying ‘hello,’ but with the phrase above, to which the other would respond, ‘Christ is Risen indeed! Alleluia!’ It may seem simple, but it kept the resurrection of Jesus at the forefront of conversations and interactions among believers. Maybe you could try it with friends at church or your family upon greeting each other at the start or end of each day.
Also, as you journey daily through this season, there are particular readings that keep your heart fixed on the joy of Jesus’ work for us. You can find them here each day. Perhaps you could read the gospel reading and a psalm before or after dinner, or two readings in the morning and one or two at night. The gospels focus on the days after Easter and Jesus’ appearances to the disciples. Maybe you could ask yourself or those with whom you read a few questions. What is happening? How do you think the disciples felt, and what did they learn? What did you learn? What can you apply to your life?
Join me in keeping the festivities going! Find ways to celebrate the foundation of our faith in the season before us, and to live in the truths of it. I pray you all have a blessed and joyous Eastertide.
The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!