Easter Sunday is the commemorating day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the main feast of the Christian faith and is celebrated annually. Easter is considered a movable feast because it can occur anywhere between March and April.
The celebration of Easter begins with the 40 day penitential season of Lent that starts on Ash Wednesday and continues on through the days till Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is the beginning of the Holy Week which includes Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday then concludes on Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday is to Christians; a similar religious festival celebration as Passover or the Pesach is to the Jewish religion. Pesach which is also known as Pasch is another name for Easter.
On this day Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead. It is a time of reflection and penance. During this observance Christians learn how Jesus spent those 40 days alone before he started preaching and build his ministry. They learn how the Son of God resisted the devil and all the temptations that he threw in his path.
Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras is the day before the Lenten season begins. On this day a huge feast is prepared and all Christians enjoy the company of friends, family and acquaintances while eating good food and having fun. For when midnight comes on this very night fasting begins.
Ash Wednesday is when the ashes of the palms from the previous year are burned and placed on the foreheads in the sign of the cross by the priest or minister as a sign of mourning and repentance or penitence to God.
Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday is the day of the Last Supper. This was the last time that Jesus ate with his disciples. On this day a ceremony of the washing of the feet occurs. This is referred to as giving alms and where Jesus washed the feet of his twelve disciples.
Good Friday is an honorable day. It is the day that Jesus was crucified and is dedicated to Jesus and God through fasting, penance and prayer.
Holy Saturday denotes the time between the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus. This day commemorates the day that the body of Christ laid in the tomb. It is also the day before Easter.
Easter Sunday commemorates the day Jesus he rose from the dead known as the resurrection. It is the end of the Lenten season which contained 40 days of fasting, penance and prayer.
Jesus: Master of All
In chemistry , He turned water to wine (John 2:1-11)
In biology, He was born without the normal conception (Matthew 1:18-25)
In physics , He overcame the law of gravity when He walked on water and when He ascended into heaven (Matthew 14:29; Acts 1:9-11)
In economics , He disproved the law of diminishing return by feeding five thousand men with two fish and five loaves of bread (John 6:10-11)
In medicine , He cured the sick and the blind without administering a single dose of drugs (Matthew 14:30; John 11:37)
In history , He is the beginning and the end (Revelation 1:11)
In government , He is King of kings (1 Timothy 6:15)
In religion , no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6)
Mass will be held on Easter Sunday at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Winona, Mississippi at 11am. After services there will be a covered dish luncheon as well as an Easter egg hunt for the children in the parish. The Church is located at 304 Jones Street. (662) 283-9092
May you all have a happy and blessed Easter!