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The Season of Easter

We celebrate our Lord’s resurrection and the beginning of Eastertide with these words, “Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia!”  We will proclaim these glorious words for the next seven weeks, remembering that God has brought us full circle:  from the ash heap of our lives of Ash Wednesday into the fullness of life and joy.  God does, indeed, have the final word, and He does so in the resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ!  The Paschal Candle burns during Eastertide, symbolizing our eternal life in Christ.  During these 50 days of Easter, the early Church, as a tangible proclamation of the Lord’s resurrection, would suspend saying the Confession and stand throughout their worship services, singing additional songs and hymns.  The stone is rolled away, and the tomb is empty!  Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia!