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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
50 Days of Easter

A Blessed Feast of our Lord's Resurrection to all of you!

As Catholics, Easter for us is not only a Sunday holiday.  The Feast of our Lord's Resurrection (i.e. Easter) takes place over the equivalent of 8 earthly days (i.e. it has its Octave).  Each day of the Octave is the same as the first day in terms of the joy expressed in the Liturgy.  So for that reason, the prayers in the Breviary for all of this Octave use the Psalms as prayed on Sundays..

But after the Octave of Easter ends, the Easter season still remains.  While Lent was observed by prayer, fasting, and abstinence for 40 days, we celebrate Easter a total of 50 days.  In this way Holy Mother Church shows us the joy of Easter has eclipsed the time of penance of Lent.

Let all of us who have fasted and prayed through Lent celebrate this great season of grace.


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