Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School

Week 29 - New Beginnings

Returning from Easter, it is important that we remember that as the season of Easter continues  through the 50 days following Easter Sunday.  Eastertide is the time of new life, a time of new beginnings. 

It is a perfect time for Christians to look closely at their lives and re-commit to the promises that were made on our behalf at Baptism and by us again at Confirmation

The Fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated as one feast day, or better as one "great Sunday." These above all others are the days for the singing of the Alleluia. 

The Sundays of this season rank as the paschal Sundays and, after Easter Sunday itself, are called the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Sundays of Easter. The period of fifty sacred days ends on Pentecost Sunday. The first eight days of the Easter Season make up the octave of Easter and are celebrated as solemnities of the Lord. 

On the fortieth day after Easter the Ascension is celebrated, except in places where, not being a holy day of obligation, it has been transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. 

The weekdays after the Ascension until the Saturday before Pentecost inclusive are a preparation for the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. 

This sacred season of fifty days comes to an end on Pentecost Sunday, which commemorates the giving of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, the beginnings of the Church and its mission to every tongue and people and nation. 

An Eastertide Prayer
Jesus is risen!
He is risen indeed!

May this declaration 
resound not only in these walls
but touch the lives 
of all we meet
and forever be 
the truth of which we speak.
Your love, 
once sown within a garden,
tended for your own people,
neglected and rejected,
now spreads its sweet perfume
in this place
and wherever it is shown.

Jesus is risen!
He is risen indeed!

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