Christ is Risen! Alleluia! People think the Church doesn't like to have fun, but who else has a 50 day long celebration for the biggest feast of the year?? In college, I had a friend who would tell me "embrace the Feast!" meaning, celebrate Easter in all we do.
Easter is called the "Solemnity of Solemnities" which basically just means "party of parties", so let's party. What a great reason to celebrate- we have been SET FREE by Christ's Resurrection!
How can we truly "embrace the feast" of this great mystery?
Greet others with the traditional Easter greeting by saying: "Christ is risen, Alleluia!" Then if greeted with this the person responds with "Indeed He is Risen! Alleluia!"
Attend Easter Octave Masses. Did you know the Octave Masses are very intentional to help us dive into the richness of our faith. The origin of this started with the early Church, when they did not celebrate daily Mass except for the Easter Octave. The purpose in these daily masses were to introduce the newly baptized to the faith they had just accepted. Throughout Easter the first readings are from the Acts of the Apostles, this includes the personal growth of Peter into his role and Rock of the Church, Pope after he denies Jesus during His Passion.
Enjoy the feast side of Easter- EAT.
Decorate your home in White sashes and springtime flowers White is the official Easter color, as well as lilies and other spring flowers have great symbolism in the Church.
Reflect on what it means to live a resurrected life in Christ What changed for you after you met Him? How
The Paschal Mystery is big. We will not fully understand it in our lifetime, but the Church gives us the Easter octave and the season to unpack it in a deeper way. How do we do that and help our youth do that as well?