On Easter Sunday, we started the season of Easter. For 50 days, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. What happened in the humanity of Jesus needs ot be passed onto His Mystical Body, the Church; what happened to Him, will happen to us. We have 50 days to celebrate and become ALIVE IN HIM. Sometimes, we focus a lot on Lent, but we also need to know the goal of Lent: Easter. We are made for Easter.
11 Things to Do During Easter:
- Make an Easter Resolution: Do something that will help you experience in tangible way that Jesus is alive. Ask yourself, how can my life manifest more clearly the Resurrection? You can resolve to smile more, to grow in joy, to imitate the charity of the Risen Lord. You choose!
- Remove the crucifixes from your home (only for Easter!) and replace them with pictures of the Risen Jesus. We tend to focus on the Cross but now is the time to contemplate the Resurrection. Choose an inspiring picture of the Risen Jesus and pray with it.
- Seek the presence of the Risen Lord at the end of your day.. For 40 days, He appeared to His disciples and to 500 more people. He talked with them and ate with them. During your Easter, you “will see him in Galilee.” He promised to show up in your life! At the end of the day, ask yourself, where did the Risen Christ manifest Himself to me? Click here to download and print a worksheet to help you record your daily Easter observations of the Risen Christ in your life.
- Seek to grow in the fruits of the Resurrection: peace, joy, and love. Seek especially to REJOICE in Him. “Rejoice the Lord is near” says St. Paul in Ephesians 4.
- Grow in Eucharistic devotion. Easter is a Eucharistic Season. In this season, pray for a renewed Eucharistic fervor. In Luke 24, we see that the disciples of Emmaus received a new FIRE and LOVE for Jesus when He broke the bread for them.
- Pray the Via Lucis instead of the Via Crucis.
- Read the Resurrection narratives. When you do a Holy Hour or have some time to pray, read all the resurrection passages in Luke (24), John (20-21), Matthew (28), and Mark (16:9-19). Pay special attention to the words of the Risen Christ.
- Watch this video and share it with someone.
- Pray the Radiating Christ prayer after Communion. The Sisters of Charity use this prayer at the moment of thanksgiving during the Mass.
- Use the Resurrection Greeting with other believers: The Lord is risen. He is risen, indeed!
- Pray the Litany of Resurrection by Blessed John Henry Newman