The Great Fifty Days of Easter For the secular world, Easter is a one day celebration of spring, for finding brightly colored eggs and sporting new spring finery. For the Church, Easter is the center of our faith and of our year, a great festival of fifty glorious days stretching from the Easter Vigil through Pentecost, a celebration of the resurrection of Christ and the sending of the Holy Spirit. This spacious fifty-day feast affords us the time we need
Our annual journey through the seasons of the church’s year takes us ever deeper into the Mystery of God’s presence and work in the world in and through Jesus Christ. Now one aspect of that mystery is revealed, and now another, as we celebrate Jesus’ birth and life, his passion and death, his resurrection and ascension, his sending of the Holy Spirit, his continuing presence and work in the world in and through all his saints, past, present and future.
According to Ecclesiastes 3:1 and the song by The Byrds, “To everything there is a season.” In much of the Church, we observe the seasons of the two great cycles of the Church Year: Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter. But there are “in between” times which are sometimes counted as “ordinary.” In the Roman Catholic Church, the Sundays after the Feast of the Epiphany and after the Feast of the Pentecost are considered “ordinary time.” Episcopalians are more likely
An opportunity to join a very interesting conversation with the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM).