If any of you thought once we had Lent behind us along with Easter Day we were done with the religious seasons for a while, think again! We are barely into the fifty days of Eastertide! Eastertide is the period between the day of Easter and the day of Pentecost when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church.
Eastertide is an extended celebration of the resurrection. Some of you have heard me speak of every Sunday being a little Easter because as we gather to worship God, we gather to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. But during Eastertide, we are to focus even more on our individual baptisms and commitments to Christ.
In the early church, Lent was a time to teach new coverts about the faith in preparation for their baptism on Easter Day. They then spent Eastertide continuing their faith formation. There is always a need for us to continue our faith formation as well. Even as we continue to sing Easter hymns and you continue to hear me speak of Easter throughout these next several weeks, let us all strive to increase our faith as an “Easter people!” Alleluia and Amen!
In His Steps,