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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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Eastertide: Continuing the Fifty Days of Celebration

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?

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: The Holy Call of Doubt

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: The Holy Call of Doubt

Christine Valters Paintner

Sometimes resurrection feels very far away and we cry out for some sort of proof that life is fundamentally good and that beauty sustains all things. This is why I love the story of Thomas.

I Choose to Live in a World Where Resurrection Happens

I Choose to Live in a World Where Resurrection Happens

Morgan Guyton

I don't have to be the anxious, desperate, wannabe salesman magician that I become when the world is sucked dry of all its divine mystery.

10 Easter Monday Things That Caught My Eye

10 Easter Monday Things That Caught My Eye

Kathryn Jean Lopez

"The Risen Lord is present among us, and he gives himself to us in the Blessed Sacrament." —Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: A Creative Journey Through Eastertide

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: A Creative Journey Through Eastertide

Christine Valters Paintner

The call of Easter is this simple invitation: to step forth across the threshold, to release all you thought you know, to hold your palms open, to say yes to what comes.

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?

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.

Witnessing the Resurrection

A Woman's Witness: Why Jesus Gave Easter to Mary

A Woman's Witness: Why Jesus Gave Easter to Mary

Jennifer D. Crumpton

It was dark as ink and chillingly quiet as Mary Magdalene felt her way to the tomb that morning. She was desperately looking for answers.

Empty Tomb: The Improbable First

Empty Tomb: The Improbable First

Elizabeth Scalia

Groaning, he sat up, rubbing his face, spitting to clear his mouth. Looking up, he froze, feeling his skin prickle. The tomb was open.

Peter and John at the Tomb

Peter and John at the Tomb

Brandon D. Smith

The doubting (or at least confused) disciples are oft treated as antagonists in the story, but the truth is, we would've been no different.

What If You Were at the Tomb?

What If You Were at the Tomb?

Phil Fox Rose

Imagine yourself by the tomb. Feel the breeze on your face. The damp of the garden at dawn. The chirping birds. The early morning light.

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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