Happy Easter and Joyous Passover

Easter is the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday), and is the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church. As we know from the Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion, which would be Sunday. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death.

The Easter lily is a symbol of the resurrection and traditionally decorates churches during the Easter season which lasts 50 days and ends with Pentecost Sunday with the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover and is always celebrated around the same time on the calendar.

Passover (in Hebrew, Pesach) commemorates the exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The holiday originated in the Torah, where the word refers to the ancient Passover sacrifice (known as the Paschal Lamb); it is also said to refer to the idea that God "passed over" the houses of the Jews during the 10th plague on the Egyptians, the slaying of the first born.

Resurrection, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University

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