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

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He is risen! He is risen indeed! Here we answer some of your frequently asked questions about Easter like when is Easter? How do I have a happy Easter? What makes a good Easter for children? Whether painting Easter eggs, or preparing that traditional Easter ham, family traditions and rituals enhance the Easter experience for parents and children. In our "Easter in the Home" section Patheos writers provide some of the best ways to celebrate Easter in the home and with your family. Holy Week offers a full panoply of opportunities for spiritual reflection, including thoughts on Jesus' 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. 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. More than any other Christian season, Holy Week, Triduum and Easter are rich in ritual and liturgical traditions. Here Patheos writers explore these traditions to provide reflection and explanation for the practices and rites of the Easter season. 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? How did it absorb Pagan connections? Here Patheos writers explore the history of Easter to provide answers to these and other questions. Why did Easter become connected with things like Easter eggs, lilies, bunnies, chicks, and pink confetti? How did these symbols get caught up in the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus? Patheos writers crack open the Easter egg to provide answers to these questions. Easter is often the most moving season of the Christian year. Easter themes have inspired countless movies, books and artwork. Here Patheos writers explore how the Easter season influences our art and entertainment, reviewing the best of Easter art.

Recent Perspectives on Great Easter Art

'Killing Jesus': Not the Whole Picture

'Killing Jesus': Not the Whole Picture

Sister Rose

"Killing Jesus" is remarkable in how it captures the devotional Jesus; it is unremarkable in showcasing the radical Jesus.

'Killing Jesus': Roundup

'Killing Jesus': Roundup

Peter T. Chattaway

Killing Jesus had its New York premiere on Monday, and the various people involved have been promoting it ever since..

"Calvary": Wrestling with the Cruciform Life

Rebecca Florence Miller

It is as if an atomic bomb has gone off in the Church–both local and universal–and this film is showing us the fallout.

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No Beauty Without Ash: The Paradox of True Christian Art

No Beauty Without Ash: The Paradox of True Christian Art

Brandon Ambrosino

As any artist will tell you, there is no beauty without ash; but as any Christian will tell you, there’s no ash without beauty.

Man of Sorrows

Man of Sorrows

Tim Muldoon

The man of sorrow beckons: yes, suffering and death are real and they hurt, but they are part of the human condition and Jesus himself chose to accept them.

St. Matthew's Passion

St. Matthew's Passion

John Turner

Whether for the love of great music or as a devotional aid during this holiest of Christian weeks, listen to and watch this performance of the opening chorale.

Examining the Words of Handel's Messiah

Examining the Words of Handel's Messiah

Mark D. Roberts

"The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ” not in the birth of Jesus, but in his death and resurrection.

Ten Facts about DaVinci's

Ten Facts about DaVinci's "Last Supper"

Tim Suttle

Here are just a few bits of trivia about this famous painting ... see how many out of the ten you get right.

A Song and a Prayer: Holy Week Playlist

A Song and a Prayer: Holy Week Playlist

Erin Wathen

Music picks up the story when words fall short; music speaks the truth of a broken soul; music invites us to glimpse the sacred, even in the most secular and profane places imaginable.


Bach's "Passion" as Online Meditation

Gene Veith

Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" sets to music Matthew's account of the crucifixion of Christ.

Bruised for Our Iniquities: Dreyer's

Bruised for Our Iniquities: Dreyer's "The Passion of Joan of Arc"

Joseph Susanka

1400 years past the trial, passion and death of Christ, Jeanne d'Arc endured a similar humiliation, and a silent, mysterious victory. The Passion of Joan of Arc is a Good Friday reinforcement of our complicity in His death.