The Octave of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!   The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

We are barreling along through the Octave of Easter.  Remember that this is one of the five Octaves of our Christian year.  It is good to pay particular attention to the readings and collects appointed this week in the lessons for Holy Communion on Monday and Tuesday and in the lectionary readings for Easter Week.

Just to remind you, there five important Octaves in our liturgical calendar:

  • Octave of Christmas
  • Octave of the Epiphany
  • Octave of Easter
  • Octave of the Ascension
  • Octave of All Saints

‘Octave’ means ‘eight’ and in the Scripture the number eight is the number of new beginnings, new life, new birth, resurrection, restoration, regeneration, new creation.

For more information look here.

A major feast is always the first day of an Octave.  A Collect of the Day that begins the Octave is said every day during the Octave after other collects that are used on Sundays and special feast days that fall during the eight days.

May God’s blessings attend us as we finish out this Easter Octave this Sunday.

Fr. Wayne

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