Celebrate the joy of the Easter Season

The Easter Season is 50 days — longer than Lent. This Easter Season, we invite you to be intentional about proclaiming and celebrating the Risen Christ throughout this joyous season.

Ways to celebrate all 50 days

Light a Paschal candle

Make your own and light it during dinner as a reminder of the season.

Pray your daily 15

Resolve this Easter Season to spend 15 uninterrupted minutes with our Lord every day. It will change you.

Listen to Bible in a Year

Father Mike Schmitz's popular daily podcast tops the charts for a reason. Listen and find out why.

Start a gratitude journal

Every day, write down something you are grateful for to God, for his grace in your life.

Display your joy

Write a message of joy and put it in your window, even a simple "Happy Easter!"

Say a daily aspiration

Find a joyful quote or aspiration from Scripture to say every day this Easter. Philippians 4:4 is a good start.

Pray for others' joy

Open the notes app on your phone and start a prayer list. Start with a prayer of conversion, to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to others.

Say the Paschal greeting

Say the Paschal greeting every day: "Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!"

Joyfully feast

Easter is the feast of all feasts, a time of celebrating and feasting. Enjoy dessert tonight!

Witness Christ's joy

If asked why you are joyful and hopeful, have the courage to give Christ as your source.

Celebrate with music

Make an Easter song list, from Haydn to praise songs. Anything uplifting.

Sow seeds of joy

Make seed paper or grow some wildflower seeds to remind you of God's grace.

Explore Catholic media

Tired of only hearing secular news? Go to Northwest Catholic's website or try other Catholic media options.

Pray Liturgy of the Hours

This prayer of the Church marks the hours of each day. Start with just Morning or Evening Prayer. The Laudate app makes it easy.

Seek the Eucharist

Christ is risen and is present in the Eucharist. Seek him at Mass and adoration.

Pray the Via Lucis

These Stations of the Resurrection focus on events from the Resurrection. Read more on Northwest Catholic.

Celebrate with baking

Bake all Easter season: Paschal Lamb cake, Resurrection cookies, lamb bread ...

Visit a holy place

Go out of your way to visit a Catholic shrine you've never seen and say a prayer.

Serve others joyfully

Look for ways you can show Christ's love to others, helping a neighbor or at your parish.

Share the joy

Leave a bowl of sealed Easter candy on your front porch with a "Happy Easter" sign to thank delivery people.

Make a sweet reminder

Put 50 chocolate foil Easter eggs or jelly beans in a jar and eat one a day to remind you it's the Easter season.

Easter solemnities and highlights

  • April 11: Sunday of Divine Mercy. For more about Divine Mercy, click here.
  • May 16: Ascension of the Lord. We celebrate Christ's bodily ascent into his heavenly kingdom. (Traditionally observed on the previous Thursday, this solemnity is transferred to Sunday in most dioceses in the United States.)
  • May 23: Pentecost Sunday. The solemnity of Pentecost is the 50th day of Easter, celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, empowering them to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Risen Christ Mosaic from St Mark's Bascilica, Venice_ I1
Mary with crown, May crowning

Honor Mary this May

May is part of the Easter season, and it's the month we celebrate and honor Mary, the Mother of God and our mother.  Ways to honor Mary:

  • Pray the rosary.
  • Pray the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Do a May crowning of Mary at your parish or at home.
  • Create a mini Marian grotto with a statue of Mary.
  • Celebrate the two Marian feast days in May: May 24 is the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church; and May 31 is the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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