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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What's Easter all about, and where did its traditions come from?
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.
Recent Perspectives on Easter
On Maundy Thursday sitting in a darkened sanctuary, I confront the hidden places of my own human struggle.
Public execution! Child sacrifice! Rising from the dead! Just the kinds of stories you want to tell your kid(s), right? Yeah, me either.
Standing in the foyer of that church, an already dying palm frond in my hand, I realized while most kids were sponges, mine must be rocks. Nothing had connected.
The point of the Cross is that there is no point of the Cross.
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.
Easter is a question. It is not, and never has been, a doctrine.
Make no mistake: the Gospel is political.
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?
Michelle Van Loon
This week, the calendar invites followers of Jesus to trace his footsteps into Jerusalem to the tick of the clock.
David R. Henson
Our churches need more poetry. Especially on Holy Week.
Benjamin L. Corey
The word? Ransom.
The drama of Holy Week demands a response.
Is the Resurrection Dangerous?
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?
Witnessing the Resurrection
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.
Groaning, he sat up, rubbing his face, spitting to clear his mouth. Looking up, he froze, feeling his skin prickle. The tomb was open.
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.
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.
Eastertide: Continuing the Fifty Days of Celebration
Resurrection isn't soft and cuddly. Resurrection is dangerous. It is risky. It is not safe.
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.
Dr. Chip Roper
What might it look like to enter into this workspace as a person carrying resurrection power?
Christine Valters Paintner
One way to practice is by making a commitment to a creative practice.
How did Jesus' resurrection change everything?
Michelle Van Loon
Is it just a day to head to Walgreens and buy some discounted Easter candy?
Rebecca Bratten Weiss
During this Easter season, I implore my fellow Christians to extend hands in friendship to Muslims in our communities.
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?
Did the Resurrection really happen? I don't know. Comforting, huh?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Easter themes have inspired countless movies, books, and artwork. Here are some reviews of the best of them, both ancient and contemporary.
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.
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.