Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by hearing his Word and celebrating his Sacraments, we share in his victory over death.
With these words, clergy and laity will gather for the Great Vigil of Easter, marking the end of Lent and the beginning of Easter. For Saturday evening and Sunday morning, we will sing Alleluia, marvel at the flower arrangements, hear the story of frightened, courageous women and an empty tomb, and rejoice with the Resurrected Christ.
And then most of us forget.
Not intentionally, I think. We’ve endured 40 days of Lent, seen our Lent Madness bracket blown apart by Frances Perkins, and participated in our parish Lenten programs. Some of us have given up coffee, taken on more prayer time, and waited for Easter. Forty days is a long time, and we’ve put energy into being penitential and spiritual for Lent.
So we celebrate Easter Day…and we’re done.
But why? It’s like taking hours upon hours to get ready for the big party and then staying at the party of the century for 10 minutes. Really? Why not celebrate?Why not stay at the party? Why not see what joy and life lessons this season can bring?
Why not fully celebrate the Fifty Days of Easter?
Welcome to 50 Days of Fabulous, a way to engage the season of Easter beyond just one day. Each day of the Easter season, which is, if you haven’t guessed yet, a full 50 days (10 more than Lent), is a day to celebrate rebirth, light, resurrection, surprise, joy, and the triumph of life over death. In the daily reflections, based on scripture, saints, art, music, and whatever else inspires our fabulous contributors, we hope to invite our readers into this amazing party that is the Feast of the Resurrection. Each day also has a response. Our faith is not a faith of reading something and thinking, “How nice.” Our faith is a faith of proclamation, action, prayer, and response. Easter implores us to proclaim the resurrection, and we will offer you some simple, profound, and even quirky ways to do so.
We invite you to join us in the amazing party that is the Great Fifty Days of Easter. We’ve spent Lent getting ready. Now it’s time to celebrate Light and Life.
The party is about to start.