About the Site

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, celebrated the Lent Madness Golden Halo winner Francis and the first-ever silver halo awarded to Brigid, 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.

20 thoughts on “About the Site

  1. Steve Harris

    Good idea, but it would have been nice to notify me (I was on the LentMadness list) that this site was up. The only way I became aware was when a friend pointed it out to me. Now I have all that darned catch-up reading to do!

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      1. Stephanie Levert

        Hi Laurie & Happy Easter! Not sure you remember me from St. James, but living in CO now near grandchildren. So happy to find your site. Plan to share with my EFM class here in Denver.

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  2. Miriam

    I keep trying to subscribe without any results. Is there a trick beside typing your email address and hitting the subscribe button?

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        1. Valerie Scott

          I tried just this last week but am getting no notifications. Will try again now, but in case I don’t show on your list still, please add me.

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  3. Harlie Youngblood

    Am I subscribed now? It seems to be so, I’m getting reflections, videos, etc. How can I be sure?

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    1. Laurie Brock

      When a post goes up, you should get a notice in your email box. Our next post will be on Easter Day, so be on the lookout! Thanks for following!

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  4. Tim Dewart

    I discovered the site last year and followed the blogging throughout Easter. It was frequently the highlight of my day. I’m glad I checked out the site prior to Easter this year to discover that there are a couple of entries already. I’ve posted the link on my church’s Facebook page (St. Paul’s Episcopal in Rochester, NY) so more people can share in the joy of the season.

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  5. Catherine Frey

    I have tried numerous times to sign up for 50 Days of Fabulous, however with no luck. I had no problem with Lent Madness, and so enjoyed getting it in my inbox, and was looking to doing the same with 50 Days. I know I can access through Forward, but I’m lazy and like my devotions in my email.

    You all have done such a great job. Lent Madness was awesome this year, and so much fun!

    Thanks for your help. I hope you can fix it.

    Peace, Catherine Frey

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    1. Laurie Brock

      Catherine, sorry you’ve had so much trouble. You *should* be able to sign up under the daily emails on the right of the screen. Try clearing your browser history and signing up. If that doesn’t work, check your spam folder and see if the daily emails are going there. Hope this helps and thanks for your support!

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  6. Michael Hartney

    I wish that the daily emails came in a more snazzy format. Text, text, text, is all that comes every day. A nice picture of a flower, a picture of someone, or ‘anything’ would be better than nothing. For instance today: how about a picture of Langston Hughes? Or a dream catcher?

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  7. Ernestein

    Can the daily posts be released earlier? I am an early riser and do my meditation early. The posts are not available until after 8am.
    Thanks.

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    1. Laurie Brock

      Diane, on most weekdays the new reflections are posted by 9:00 am. On weekends by 10:00 am. Hope this is helpful and thanks for reading!

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  8. Dawn Vaughn Anderson

    The post on the nine horses and their communication habits was a day brightener.
    After 70 years of owning a horse(s) I didn’t feel quite so alone. I always found some
    special peace with God and the world when I was with my horse.

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