Octave of Joy
Fifty Days of Celebration
The Church does nothing by halves. We stretch out Easter Sunday a full 8 days, bringing it to a close on the Feast of Divine Mercy, Sunday (April 27th). Even then thereís no stopping us. The Easter Season lasts for fifty days. It comes to a formal close on Pentecost Sunday.
Watch the Light
The Paschal or Easter Candle is the most important symbol of the Resurrection. Itís lighted at the Solemn Easter Vigil and then stands next to the pulpit or ambo throughout the entire fifty days of the Easter Season. The newly baptized are welcomed into the Church by its light and it speaks of eternal life at every Funeral Mass.
The celebration of Easter and the Sacrament of Baptism are intimately connected. Easter is the beginning of life in Christ. On Easter Sunday, we renew our baptismal faith and are sprinkled with water blessed at the Solemn Easter Vigil. On Divine Mercy Sunday, we close the Easter Octave by celebrating the Rite for the Blessing and Sprinkling of Water at the beginning of all parish Masses.
Remember your Easter Duty
The Church calls all Catholics to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year between Ash Wednesday and Pentecost Sunday. In years gone by we called this our ďEaster DutyĒ, but of course, itís more than that. Itís a joyful celebration of Godís love and mercy. When was the last time you went to Confession?