Easter 2016

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The liturgical season of Easter, spanning from the Easter Vigil through Pentecost Sunday, is the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection from the dead, his Ascension into heaven, and his sending the Holy Spirit upon the Church. The 50-day season is characterized by the joy of glorified life and Christ’s victory over death.

The word “Easter” comes from Old English, meaning simply the “East.” The sun which rises in the East, bringing light, warmth and hope, is a symbol for the Christian of the rising Christ, who is the true Light of the world. The Paschal Candle is a central symbol of this divine light, which is Christ.It is kept near the ambo throughout Easter Time, and lit for all liturgical celebrations. (USCCB)

Key Dates

March 27 | Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Alleluia! Christ is risen! Indeed, he is risen! Celebrate Christ’s Resurrection by reading or reciting the Proclamation of Easter, the Exsultet.


March 29 | Jubilee of Mercy Conference
Divine Mercy Center will host a conference Tuesday, March 29 to Saturday, April 2. The theme is Healing through the Two Rivers: Eucharist & Reconciliation. Free of charge.
Divine Mercy Conference Week | 6 PM | The Divine Mercy Center


April 3 | Divine Mercy Sunday
Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament along with a procession of the Divine Mercy image and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Mass | 11 AM | Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament


April 4 | The Annunciation of the Lord
The feast of the Annunciation, now recognized as a solemnity, was first celebrated in the fourth or fifth century. Its central focus is the Incarnation: God has become one of us.


May 5 | The Ascension of the Lord
The Ascension of Our Lord, which occurred 40 days after Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter, is the final act of our redemption that Christ began on Good Friday. On this day, the risen Christ ascended bodily into Heaven (Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11).


May 14 | Vigil Mass of Pentecost
Join Archbishop Allen Vigneron in the solemn celebration of the Vigil Mass of Pentecost. The Mass will be an opportunity for intense prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Archdiocese of Detroit.
Vigil Mass | 7 PM | Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament


May 15 | Pentecost Sunday
Easter season concludes with Pentecost Sunday. It is celebrated 50 days after Easter and marks the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles.

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