The Liturgical Meaning of the Easter Season
By Dr. Isabel Dion, D. Min.
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE WORD "EASTER?"
The word probably originated from the Norse term “Eostur”, the season of the rising sun, or the time of the new birth of Spring. Both of these lent themselves well as Christian symbolism of for the new life of the Risen Christ. (See Catholic Source Book, ed. Fr. Peter Klein)
THE LITURGICAL MEANING OF THE EASTER SEASON
The Great Fifty Days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost is referred to as the season of Easter during which the Church celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from death into life; his Ascension to the Father; and his sending of his Spirit called the Pentecost.
QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE MEANING OF THESE THREE GREAT FEASTS DURING THE EASTER SEASON
What is the meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus?
The resurrection of Jesus means that he rose to new life. He appeared to his friends as flesh but in a glorified body - that means that he is no longer limited to the conditions of ordinary life.
What does the resurrection of Jesus do to us?
Jesus’ resurrection promises us a share in eternal life. We too will rise from
our death and be with God forever.
The feast of the Resurrection is the proclamation of our faith in the risen Christ.
What is the meaning of the feast of the Ascension?
The feast of the Ascension celebrates the glorification of Jesus.
Jesus brings his visible ministry to completion.
What is the meaning of the feast of the Pentecost?
The word Pentecost comes from a Greek word which means fifty.
Christian Pentecost is fifty days after Christ rose from the dead.
Christ sends his Holy Spirit to us – to the Church on Pentecost day. Pentecost celebrates God’s gift to all nations. God gives the Holy Spirit to all.