easter sunday/resurrection day + eastertide.

On January 1, I announced a new blog series here at Joy Woven Deep. If you haven’t seen that post yet, I encourage you to check it out, then come on back and join in the journey.

Easter Sunday/Resurrection Day + Eastertide

What’s this holy day + season all about?
Rejoice! He is Risen! Easter Sunday is the day we remember Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” visiting the tomb to honor the body of Jesus and finding no body there, but an angel instead. An angel who said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” They remembered and believed, and rushed away to tell the apostles.

“The season of Easter, also called Eastertide, is the seven weeks after Easter, sometimes called “The Great 50 Days” ending in the day of Pentecost, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church.” (citation)

What Holy Days are a part of the Season of Eastertide?
Easter Sunday – March 27
Annunciation of the Lord – April 4
Ascension of the Lord – May 5
Pentecost – May 15

What’s the history of this observance?
“There is evidence that Christians originally celebrated the resurrection of Christ every Sunday, with observances such as Scripture readings, psalms, the Eucharist, and a prohibition against kneeling in prayer. At some point in the first two centuries, however, it became customary to celebrate the resurrection specially on one day each year. Many of the religious observances of this celebration were taken from the Jewish Passover.” (citation)

What’s it to me?
I wrote “this day is everything to us” in response to this question on the Good Friday post. If Friday is everything, Sunday is the fullness of everything. Not only has our sin been paid for, it has been triumphed over. Death is swallowed up in the victory of Christ’s resurrection. We have confidence now that our pain truly is temporary, that though the dark night lingers long, it does not loom forever. The strongest forces of this world have no true power over us, because we are in Jesus Christ, and He has over come them. He is risen, indeed.

So, boil it down for me, would you?
Easter/Resurrection Sunday commemorates the day when Jesus’ tomb was found empty. When, as my three-year-old says, we remember that “HE’S ALIVE AGAIN!”

So, how could we observe it?

Read the Daily Office texts here or via this app.

Read the Lectionary texts and liturgy, and pray the Collects for Easter Sunday.

Celebrate the fulfillment of prophecy in the resurrection of Christ in the last day of our Holy week Devotional. Click to have Deep & Lowly: taking refuge in the Suffering Servant emailed to you, and keep it as a resource for future Holy Weeks..

Read Jerusalem Greer’s Holy Week ideas from last year (family friendly).

Celebrate! Gather with friends, family, roommates or members of your church to feast together and rejoice in the truth of the Risen Savior. Share stories from your life of His victory over your pain or sin. Give thanks that the Resurrection gives us hope that He has come and He is coming again.

Download the Sacred Ordinary Days Essentials Workbook and grow in your understanding of Easter through the one page summary. Then use the workbook pages to reflect on the past season and reset for the remainder of the season of Lent.

Add touches of gold + white to your home through decor, flowers or candles. “White and gold are used for Easter, symbolizing the joy of resurrection and the brightness of the day where death is overcome and through which we are invited into new life.” (citation)

For kids: Make Empty Tomb Rolls. Where is Jesus? Magic Watercolor Art. Read the resurrection account from the Jesus Storybook Bible or other children’s bible. Act out the resurrection account together.

Create a playlist from songs we’ve been gathering on the Facebook page, where we asked what people were they have been listening to in order to orient their hearts during Holy Week.

Death Was Arrested by Gwinnett Worship
Oh the Blood by Kari Jobe
Power of the Cross by Natalie Grant
High Noon by Andrew Peterson
Christ is Risen by Matt Maher
This I Believe, Our Father & Calvary by Hillsong Worship
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
There is a Fountain Filled with Blood
Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
Hallelujah! What a Savior

I would love for you to join the conversation. Would you add your voice to the conversation via blog post comments or on the Facebook page and share your thoughts on these questions with us?

What are your ideas for observing Holy Week + Easter Sunday/Eastertide?

Which components of exploring liturgy and the Christian calendar are you thinking about this week?

Is this series serving you well? What are you enjoying? How could it improve?

From Him | Through Him | To Him,
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Author: Abby Perry

Abby has written for The Gospel Coalition, Christ and Pop Culture, Upwrite Magazine, and The Influence Network. She is the communications coordinator for a nonprofit organization and co-facilitates two community efforts—one promoting bridge-building racial reconciliation conversations and one supporting area foster and adoptive families. Abby graduated from Texas A&M University and currently attends Dallas Theological Seminary. She and her family live in College Station, Texas.