The Easter Story
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Did you know that in 2023, April 8, 2023, is Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday will be on April 9, 2023?
The term “Easter Saturday”, when applied correctly, refers to the Saturday 6 days after the Christian festival of Easter. However, the term is often used colloquially to mean Holy Saturday, the Holy Week observance that falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but this usage is incorrect.
In the liturgy of Western Christianity Easter Saturday is the last day of Easter Week and is sometimes referred to as the Saturday of Easter Week or Saturday in Easter Week. It is the day preceding the “Octave Day of Easter” (the Sunday after Easter, also known as St. Thomas Sunday or Divine Mercy Sunday), which is the last day of the Octave of Easter (the eight-day period (“octave”) in Eastertide that starts on Easter Sunday and concludes with the following Sunday).
In the liturgy of Eastern Christianity Easter Saturday is referred to as Bright Saturday and marks the end of Bright Week.
The earliest possible date for Easter Saturday is March 28, the latest possible date is May 1.
Further reading: Easter Saturday on Wikipedia
For those you who needs or wants a refresher what Easter is all about, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
Easter,[nb 1] also called Pascha[nb 2] (Aramaic, Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday,[nb 3] is a Christian festival and cultural holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial following his crucifixionby the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus Christ, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
Easter-observing Christians commonly refer to the week before Easter as Holy Week, which in Western Christianity begins on Palm Sunday (marking the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem), includes Spy Wednesday (on which the betrayal of Jesus is mourned), and contains the days of the Easter Triduum including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. In Eastern Christianity, the same days and events are commemorated with the names of days all starting with “Holy” or “Holy and Great”; and Easter itself might be called “Great and Holy Pascha”, “Easter Sunday”, “Pascha” or “Sunday of Pascha”. In Western Christianity, Eastertide, or the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts seven weeks, ending with the coming of the 50th day, Pentecost Sunday. In Eastern Christianity, the Paschal season ends with Pentecost as well, but the leave-taking of the Great Feast of Pascha is on the 39th day, the day before the Feast of the Ascension.
Easter and its related holidays are moveable feasts, not falling on a fixed date; its date is computed based on a lunisolar calendar (solar year plus Moon phase) similar to the Hebrew calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established only two rules, namely independence from the Hebrew calendar and worldwide uniformity. No details for the computation were specified; these were worked out in practice, a process that took centuries and generated a number of controversies. It has come to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March. Even if calculated on the basis of the more accurate Gregorian calendar, the date of that full moon sometimes differs from that of the astronomical first full moon after the March equinox.
The English term is derived from the festival of the Anglo-Saxon Spring goddess Ēostre; Easter is also linked to the Jewish Passover by its name (Hebrew: פֶּסַח pesach, Aramaic: פָּסחָא pascha are the basis of the term Pascha), by its origin (according to the synoptic Gospels, both the crucifixion and the resurrection took place during the week of Passover) and by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In most European languages, both the Christian Easter and the Jewish Passover are called by the same name; and in the older English versions of the Bible, as well, the term Easter was used to translate Passover. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, midnight vigils, exclamations and exchanges of Paschal greetings, clipping the church(England), and decoration and the communal breaking of Easter eggs (a symbol of the empty tomb). The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection in Western Christianity, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide. Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include Easter parades, communal dancing (Eastern Europe), the Easter Bunny and egg hunting. There are also traditional Easter foods that vary by region and culture.
Do you wonder what the story of Easter is all about? Discover how Jesus changed the course of history in this movie about his life! Check out this fragment with the full Easter story from The Life of Jesus, a story told by his closest friends, in the video published on March 28, 2023, by Jesus.net, as “The Easter Story | The Life of Jesus“, below:
Holy Week: Where it Happened“, below:is proud to present this free Virtual Pilgrimage just in time for Holy Week! Join our guide Rami as he visits sites from Jesus’s Passion, Death & Resurrection. Book a Holy Land Pilgrimage, in the video published on March 29, 2021, by 206 Tours, as “
Jews and Christians come up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Exodus of the Jewish people and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ; and we look at the Upper Room and Tomb of Jesus; and retrace the steps of the Israelites as they left Egypt 3,000 years ago, in the video published on April 7, 2023, by CBN News, as “Jews, Christians Celebrate Passover, Resurrection | Jerusalem – April 7, 2023“, below:
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