Alleluia! The Lord is Risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
We are now in the Octave of Easter – the eight days beginning on Easter Sunday and ending on the first Sunday after Easter.
The Anglican Prayer Book engages us in five Octaves throughout the year: Nativity, Epiphany, Easter, Ascension, and All Saints. Eight is the number of resurrection, rebirth, new life, new creation, beginnings.
The week following the Resurrection is time to bask in the glow of the Resurrection as we should throughout Eastertide. However, the climactic event of Easter following Lent and the intense focus of Holy Week tends, much like Christmas, to be the ‘end of the season’ for us.
Three main themes unfold in Scripture lessons that follow Pashca in Eastertide. First, we are told of post resurrection events; Second, Jesus the Christ is the grand fulfillment of the purpose and promise of God; and Third, the implications of living in the New Creation begin to unfold – what does this new Life mean for us?
I thought if I brought it to your attention it would be easier to notice.
Many Easter blessings,