The Season of Easter

This year, five Sundays of the season of Easter fall in May. So let’s take a look at how the Sundays of Easter fit together. They teach that the joy of Christ’s resurrection continues in the church, shaping our whole life this side of eternity. Easter may be the high point of the year, but it is certainly not the end of Christ’s work!

April 17, Easter Sunday: This is the summit and pinnacle day of the church year. Christ conquered death and the grave to give us eternal life. Death has been swallowed up in victory, Christ has become the first fruits of them that sleep. Alleluia!

April 24, Easter 2: (Latin: Quasimodo Geniti, “Like Newborns”). Jesus died and rose to win forgiveness of sins for the whole world. So it is appropriate that right after Easter we celebrate the forgiveness of sins in Holy Absolution. In John 20, our risen Lord breathed on His disciples, gave them the Holy Spirit, and ordained them to forgive and retain sins. This is the life of the church, the newborn life into which we are all baptized.

May 1, Easter 3: (Latin: Misericordias Domini, “Tender Mercies of the Lord”). In John 10, Jesus taught his disciples that he is the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for us, his beloved sheep. And the good news of Easter is that our Good Shepherd rose from the tomb to lead us through this world. He promises to comfort and guide us through this valley of the shadow of death, and to bring us into the green pastures of heaven.

May 8, Easter 4: (Latin: Jubilate, “Rejoice!”). Today we “make a joyful noise,” celebrating the new life Christ won for us at Easter. But today Christ also prepares us for the “little while” of separation from Him. This Sunday is the transition point of the Easter season, when we begin to look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel readings from this day forward come from John 16, when Jesus taught His disciples about the Holy Spirit.

May 15, Easter 5: (Latin: Cantate, “Sing!). Today we sing the joys of our new life in Christ, because our Lord has redeemed and restored us. But Jesus also prepares us for His departure. It is to our advantage that He goes away, so that He might send the Holy Spirit, the Helper who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:5-15). Our Easter joy and life continue as the Holy Spirit leads us, His church, into all truth.

May 22, Easter 6: (Latin: Rogate, “Pray!”). Today Christ exhorts us to pray to the Father in His name. The Father grants our petitions because of Christ (John 16:23-30). Since Jesus has restored us to the Father, we can take heart because He has overcome the world. We can call on Him in all our needs for all eternity.

May 26, Ascension. Forty days after Easter, we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord, when Jesus ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father. He is enthroned as our divine and human King. Our risen Lord is ascended to bring us joy and comfort, because he rules over all things for the good of His church.

May 29, Easter 7. (Latin: Exaudi, “Hear, O Lord”). In the Gospel reading from John 15, Jesus promises to send us the Holy Spirit. He says, “When the Helper comes, whom I will send from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me” (John 15:26). So today we call on our God not to forsake us, but to hear our prayer and help us by sending the Holy Spirit.

June 5, Pentecost: Pentecost can be considered the Eighth Sunday of Easter. Just as Easter Sunday is the eighth day of Holy Week, and just as Easter proclaims God’s new creation in Christ’s resurrection, Pentecost also proclaims new creation. It proclaims the birth of the church through the Holy Spirit. Here in the church, we receive all the benefits of forgiveness, life, and salvation that Jesus won for us at Easter.

Vicar Wagner

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Wednesday Night Service and Bible Study

The First Wednesday (May 4th), the Service, beginning at 7:00 PM, will be Divine Setting Three, with Holy Communion. On Wednesdays (May 11th, & 18th), the Service will be Compline, and will begin at 7:00 PM; there will be a Bible Study following the Services, in the Family Room. Private Confession and Absolution will be available from 6:15-6:45 PM, in Pastor Hromowyk’s Office, all Wednesdays.