THE EASTER SEASON
The Easter Season, also known as the Great Fifty Days, begins at sunset Easter Eve and continues through the Day of Pentecost. It is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year. It focuses on Christ's resurrection and ascension and on the givings of the Holy Spirit on the first Easter (John 20:22 –23) and the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). Lessons from the Acts of the Apostles replace readings from the Old Testament because the early church, empowered by the Holy Spirit, is the best witness to the Resurrection. The ancient Christian name for this festival is Pasch, derived from the Hebrew pesah ("deliverance" or "passover"), thus connecting the Resurrection to the Exodus. The origin of the English word Easter is disputed but may come from the Anglo–Saxon spring goddess Eastre and her festival. Pentecost comes from the Greek pentekoste, which means "fiftieth." It refers to the Jewish Feast of Weeks, which Greek–speaking Jews called the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1). Early Christians also used the term Pentecost to refer to the Great Fifty Days as a season. In addition to the acts and services of worship on the following pages, see The Great Thanksgivings and the scripture readings for the Easter Season in the lectionary.
Baptisms, confirmations, and congregational reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant are highly appropriate throughout this season, most especially at the First Service of Easter and on the Day of Pentecost.
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SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)
MAY 26, 2019
COMMUNION OF PEOPLE
I. THE READING
The First Reading talks about Gentile converts keeping what is necessary only. They should not be burdened by Jewish laws.
The Second Reading talks about the new Jerusalem (grandiose).
The Gospel Reading talks about loving Jesus and its implications.
II. OUR CONTEXT
1. How do you encourage more the participation of lay people in your parish or communities?