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Sunday, April 21, 2019…

6:30 am Festive Easter Sunrise Holy Eucharist

8 am Festive Easter Holy Eucharist, Rite I

9:30 am Festive Easter Holy Eucharist Rite II

9:30 am Festive Easter Parish House Holy Eucharist

11:15 am Festive Easter Parish House Eucharist

Easter proclaims the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  With it comes the dawn of a new day and a new age.  It is the principal feast of the Church and the defining moment of Christianity.  Easter is also known as the Paschal Feast, recalling God’s saving act in the life of the people; this includes both the Exodus and the Resurrection.  In the Resurrection, Jesus has overcome death and, by his victory over the grave, opened to us everlasting life.  The sacrifice of Jesus on Good Friday offers us a new relationship with God through Christ on Easter.  We have the promise of a new life.  The Biblical stories record the women and disciples finding the empty tomb.  The symbols of Easter are eggs, butterflies, empty crosses, and other symbols and signs of new life.   The greeting for Easter is “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!” with the response “The Lord is Risen indeed!  Alleluia!” Early Christians greeted each other on the way to Church with this greeting to proclaim the great saving act of God in Jesus’ Resurrection.  The Church is richly decorated with Easter lilies to add to the glory and celebration.