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8 things you need to know about Easter
Jimmy Akin ^ | March 31, 2013 | Jimmy Akin

Posted on 03/31/2013 1:44:59 PM PDT by NYer

Easter is the most important day of the Christian calendar, even more important than Christmas. Here are 8 things you need to know.

The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas.

What happened on this day?

Was Jesus’ resurrection a real, historical event?

How does the Church celebrate this day?

Is Easter a pagan holiday?

Here are 8 things you need to know.


1. What happened on Easter?

Among other things:

To read about the events in the New Testament, you can use these links:


2. Was Jesus’ Resurrection a real, historical event or something else?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:

639 The mystery of Christ’s resurrection is a real event, with manifestations that were historically verified, as the New Testament bears witness.

In about A.D. 56 St. Paul could already write to the Corinthians:

“I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. . .”

The Apostle speaks here of the living tradition of the Resurrection which he had learned after his conversion at the gates of Damascus.


3. What is the significance of the empty tomb?


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Theology
KEYWORDS: easter

1 posted on 03/31/2013 1:44:59 PM PDT by NYer
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The season of Resurrection opens with the week that has been known by different names in the liturgy: Week of Resurrection, Easter Week, Week of Renewal, and last but not least, "Week of Weeks". However, the name most commonly applied to it is "Week of Hawareyeen". The word suggests the idea of "white" and "justification". It refers either to the angels at the empty tomb (who announced Christ's resurrection, clothed in white), or to the Lord's disciples (who believed in his resurrection and thus, were clothed in "justification"), or also to the newly baptized members of the Church (clothed both in white at this time of the year and in justification through the baptismal waters). It is the Week of Appearances.

Monday Apparition to Mary Magdalene
Tuesday Apparition at the Sea of Tiberias: Apostolic Mission
Wednesday Apparition at the Sea of Tiberias: Peter's Mission
Thursday Apparition on the Road to Emmaus
Friday Apparition in the Upper Room: Greeting of Peace and Showing of Wounds
Saturday Apparition in the Upper Room

Throughout Lent, each Sunday on the Maronite Calendar featured a miracle account from the Gospels. We heard the stories of the Wedding Feast at Cana, the Hemorrhaging woman, the Paralytic, Bartimaeus the Blind, the Prodigal Son, etc. culminating with the greatest miracle of all, the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Like an orchestra building towards a crescendo, these stories left no doubt in anyone's mind that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. We accompanied him last Sunday as he rode on a mule into Jerusalem where he was greeted with throngs shouting "Hosanna"!

During Holy Week, we witnessed the Passover Supper of our Lord with His Apostles; the institution of the priesthood and the Eucharist. On Friday, we mourned as the same crowds that welcomed Him on Sunday, now cried "Crucify him!!" We stood at the foot of the cross, with Mary, processed our Lord's body around the church and brought flowers to place in the tomb with our Lord. Today, we rejoiced at learning the women found the tomb empty. Christ is Risen!

This week, we will hear the testimony of witnesses who met Jesus after His resurrection. This was a real, historical event. There can be NO DOUBT that Jesus is the promised Messiah ... the Son of God!

2 posted on 03/31/2013 1:46:18 PM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: NYer

Thank you.

3 posted on 03/31/2013 2:11:28 PM PDT by informavoracious (God help us.)
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To: NYer

4. What significance to the post-Resurrection appearances of Christ have?

5. What significance does Christ's Resurrection have for us?

6. How do we commemorate this day?

7. What is the role of the "Paschal [i.e., Easter] candle"?

8. Is Easter a pagan holiday?

Absolutely not!

4 posted on 03/31/2013 4:33:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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5 posted on 03/31/2013 4:54:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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