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Happy Easter! We wish each other this joyful greeting on Easter Sunday -- and yet, for Catholics, Easter is so much more than a single celebration. Easter is so important that we cannot celebrate it in one day. To fully celebrate the Easter Season it takes fifty days, or a Pentecost (the Greek word for fifty). And each one of these fifty days, in fact, is Easter. That is why the Church speaks of the Sundays of Easter, rather than the Sundays after Easter.
And what do we celebrate during this fifty-day Alleluia? Jesus' resurrection from the dead, his eternal and everlasting victory over death, and the gift of salvation poured out upon the world. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#638) reminds us, "The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith." The heart of our very identity as Christians is this belief that God has radically changed the universe in the birth, life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Easter: Celebrating the Season as Catholics explains the Easter Vigil, talks about the Sundays of Easter, gives us the Stations of the Resurrection, Resurrection Reflections, and Alleluia Activities.
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