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Engaging Easter

Easter, as the apex of the Christian calendar, defines what it means to be a Christian.

Its historical events, ritual practices, theological interpretations, and devotional aspects enrich all of Holy Week, from Passion/Palm Sunday through Resurrection Sunday. Join us in observing Holy Week with a selection of meditations on the Resurrection, commentary on the theology and rituals of Easter, and resources for celebrating the holy day in the home. Here Patheos offers a rich slate of resources and reflections for Easter preparation and celebration.

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Understanding Easter

A Patheos FAQ on Holy Week and Easter

A Patheos FAQ on Holy Week and Easter

Kathleen Mulhern

What's Easter all about, and where did its traditions come from?

Seeing the World with Resurrection Eyes

Seeing the World with Resurrection Eyes

Greg Garrett

The resurrection story, however we understand it, whether or not we can explain it, should make a difference in our minds and hearts. It's supposed to; that's what resurrection does.

Eastertide: Continuing the Fifty Days of Celebration

The Resurrection Is No Myth, But It Is Dangerous

The Resurrection Is No Myth, But It Is Dangerous

Adam Ericksen

Resurrection isn't soft and cuddly. Resurrection is dangerous. It is risky. It is not safe.

Easter, the Monday After, and the Ordinary

Easter, the Monday After, and the Ordinary

Robert Hunt

Most of us weren't created by God to always be religious. We were created to be ordinary; to live in a secular world as secular people.

Resurrected at Work: Easter and Life Back on the Job

Resurrected at Work: Easter and Life Back on the Job

Dr. Chip Roper

What might it look like to enter into this workspace as a person carrying resurrection power?

Practice Resurrection: The Call of Easter

Practice Resurrection: The Call of Easter

Christine Valters Paintner

One way to practice is by making a commitment to a creative practice.

Easter's Revolutionary Changes

Easter's Revolutionary Changes

Paul Penley

How did Jesus' resurrection change everything?

At the Intersection of Time and Eternity: Easter Season

At the Intersection of Time and Eternity: Easter Season

Michelle Van Loon

Is it just a day to head to Walgreens and buy some discounted Easter candy?

On Being the Easter People, and Our View of Islam

On Being the Easter People, and Our View of Islam

Rebecca Bratten Weiss

During this Easter season, I implore my fellow Christians to extend hands in friendship to Muslims in our communities.

3 Reasons Easter Matters For Your Work

3 Reasons Easter Matters For Your Work

Theology of Work Project

The hope of Christians lies in Jesus' work on the cross and his resurrection. What does the resurrection, which we celebrate during Easter, mean for one of the most consuming parts of our lives–our work?

Resurrection's Real, But Not What You Think

Resurrection's Real, But Not What You Think

Mark Sandlin

Did the Resurrection really happen? I don't know. Comforting, huh?

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: Seeing the World Anew

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: Seeing the World Anew

Christine Valters Paintner

We walk by a thousand ordinary revelations every day in our busyness and preoccupation. What would it be like to move through our day, watching for what shimmers and then savoring them?

Is the Resurrection Dangerous?

I Prefer Lions and Lambs at Easter

I Prefer Lions and Lambs at Easter

Paul Louis Metzger

How dangerous is the celebration of Easter to you and me? How much does it cost those of us who live in the West in relative comfort?

Is Easter Dangerous? Should It Be?

Is Easter Dangerous? Should It Be?

Carl McColman

We've tamed Easter, we've made it "safe" by surrounding it with a lot of pious theology. But it isn't safe.

The Frightening Implications of Easter

The Frightening Implications of Easter

Mark Sandlin

The Easter story should leave us all quivering in our boots.

Recent Perspectives on Easter

Be Not Angry With Your Brother: A Reflection for Holy Week

Be Not Angry With Your Brother: A Reflection for Holy Week

Chase Padusniak

The only way to establish common ground, especially in turbulent political and social times, is to never forget that we are all sinners, all children of Adam.

What's Up? Easter Questions

What's Up? Easter Questions

Nancy Rockwell

Easter is a question. It is not, and never has been, a doctrine.

The Subversive Politics of Palm Sunday

The Subversive Politics of Palm Sunday

Adam Ericksen

Make no mistake: the Gospel is political.

What If You Could Start Again? On the Miracle of Easter

What If You Could Start Again? On the Miracle of Easter

D.G. Hollums

Each spring we look around and see the signs of new life all around us. Yet, why are so many of us living in what feels like a perpetual winter?

At the Intersection of Time and Eternity: Holy Week

At the Intersection of Time and Eternity: Holy Week

Michelle Van Loon

This week, the calendar invites followers of Jesus to trace his footsteps into Jerusalem to the tick of the clock.

Be a Poet, Not a Preacher During Holy Week

Be a Poet, Not a Preacher During Holy Week

David R. Henson

Our churches need more poetry. Especially on Holy Week.

Crucify Him! Crucify Him!

Crucify Him! Crucify Him!

Father Pablo

The drama of Holy Week demands a response.

The Trail of Tears That Leads to Easter

The Trail of Tears That Leads to Easter

Nancy Rockwell

The story assures us, heart-break is essential for resurrection. A trail of tears—our tears—is the way to Easter.

The Christian History of

The Christian History of "Pagan" Easter

Beth Allison Barr

I would like to assure you that Easter is a Christian holiday.

More Resources

History of Easter

History of Easter

The Easter tradition has a rich history that is often overlooked. Where did the tradition come from? What are its connections with the Jewish Passover? Here Patheos writers explore the history of Easter to provide answers to these and other questions. 

Rituals/Liturgy of Easter

Rituals/Liturgy of Easter

Holy Week—from Palm Sunday to Easter—is richer in ritual and liturgical traditions than any other Christian season. Here are explanations of and reflections on many of the practices associated with Passion Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

Devotional Reflections of Easter

Devotional Reflections of Easter

Holy Week offers a rich and diverse array of topics for spiritual reflection, including thoughts on the Holy Thursday Last Supper, Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane, on his Seven Last Words from the cross, his walking of the Via Dolorosa and the development of the Stations of the Cross, the silence of Holy Saturday, the brilliance of Easter morning, and more.

Great Easter Art

Great Easter Art

Easter themes have inspired countless movies, books, and artwork. Here are some reviews of the best of them, both ancient and contemporary.

Easter in the Home

Easter in the Home

Family traditions and rituals enhance the Easter experience for every generation. Patheos writers offer some of the best ideas for celebrating these holy days, including kid-friendly suggestions, treasured recipes, storytelling, and more.

Theology of Easter

Theology of Easter

The Passion of Christ and his resurrection are at the heart of Christian theology. What particular doctrines stem from this singular event, and how applicable are they today? Patheos commentators reflect on the theologies and spiritualities that have developed from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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