You’ll find more information about the Season of Pentecost & the Liturgical Calendar below.
The feast of Christ’s resurrection. According to Bede, the word derives from the Anglo-Saxon
spring goddess Eostre. Christians in England applied the word to the principal festival of the
church year, both day and season. 1) Easter Day is the annual feast of the resurrection, the pascha
or Christian Passover, and the eighth day of cosmic creation. Faith in Jesus’ resurrection on the
Sunday or third day following his crucifixion is at the heart of Christian belief. Easter sets the
experience of springtime next to the ancient stories of deliverance and the proclamation of the
risen Christ. In the west, Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the full moon on or after the
vernal equinox. Easter always falls between Mar. 22 and Apr. 25 inclusive. Following Jewish
custom, the feast begins at sunset on Easter Eve with the Great Vigil of Easter. The Eastern
Orthodox Church celebrates Easter on the first Sunday after the Jewish pesach or Passover
(which follows the spring full moon). Although the two dates sometimes coincide, the eastern
date is often one or more weeks later. 2) Easter Season. See Great Fifty Days.
“Liturgical Colors” in Episcopal worship signify our place in the Church Year: WHITE, the
color of Jesus’ burial garments, for Christmas, Easter, and other ‘feasts’ or festival days, as well
as marriages and funerals.
Collect Prayer for Easter Sunday:
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to
us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s
resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ
our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer, page 222)