Easter is 50 days! From Easter Sunday (April 21) to the Day of Pentecost (June 9) this year.
The 40 days of Lent, a time of penitential prayer and fasting, made us ready for the 50 days of rejoicing and celebration. Easter is now the “springtime” of our souls in which we celebrate our forgiveness, life and salvation that comes to us in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Easter is the time of ours and the world’s salvation. The glory of God now shines forth in the presence of the crucified but risen Lord Jesus Christ. The center of Easter is of course the
Lordship of Christ. His victorious presence will be spread over the entire world and among all people by the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.
These 50 days of Easter are days in which we celebrate the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist which impart this new life of Christ to us. The Paschal Candle, which is placed on the Gospel side of the Altar, focuses our attention on the mystery of the dying and rising of Christ. The Pascal Candle points us to the Font which is the fountain of the water of life in Holy Baptism; and the Altar which is the table of life from which we receive the Bread of Heaven and the Cup of Salvation.
But of course, each and every Sunday throughout the Church Year is really a “little” Easter (even in Lent the Sundays are not counted as a part of the 40 days of Lent). So let us continue to celebrate these 50 days with loud “alleluias” and rejoicing. For we are an Easter people who live in the joy and hope of both Christ’s death, and especially now, of his
resurrection, and his promise of eternal life for us!