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 material--prepared for throughout Lent--enrich all of Holy Week, from Passion/Palm Sunday through Resurrection Sunday. Patheos offers a rich slate of resources and reflections for Easter preparation.
Where did the tradition come from? What are its connections with the Jewish Passover? How did it absorb Pagan connections?
Holy Week, Triduum, and Easter are richer in ritual and liturgical traditions than any other Christian season. Here are explanations of many of these practices.
The Passion of Christ and his resurrection are at the heart of Christian theology. What special doctrines stem from this singular event, and how applicable are they today? Patheos commentators reflect on the dogmas and spiritualities of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Holy Week offers a full panoply of opportunities for spiritual reflection, including thoughts on Jesu' Seven Last Words, on his prayer at Gethsemane, the Via Dolorosa and the development of the Stations of the Cross, the Maundy Thursday Last Supper, and more.
Why did Easter become connected with things like Easter eggs, lilies, bunnies, chicks, and pink confetti?
Easter themes have inspired countless movies, books, and artwork. Here are some reviews of the best of them.
Family traditions and rituals enhance the Easter experience for parents and children. Patheos writers offer some of the best.