Dear Dickinson First Family and Friends,
Easter is more than a day; Easter is an entire season in the Christian year. The early Christians called this season the Great Fifty Days. It began with Easter Day and extended through Pentecost on the fiftieth day (seven Sundays). The season commemorates the fifty days that began when Jesus rose from the dead and ended when the disciples received the Holy Spirit and the Christian church was born.
This season, already well established by the third century, is like a continuous fifty-day Lord’s Day. It was seen by the early Christians as being to the year what the Lord’s Day was to the week - the prime one-seventh of the time, when we celebrate what God has done through Christ. Easter, then, is a day of the week, a day of the year, and a season of the year.
Dominant themes of Eastertide, another term for the season of Easter, are the resurrection of Christ from the grave AND the presence of the risen Christ here and now. These dominant themes lead to other foundational Christian beliefs - Christ’s victory over death is our victory over sin; we die to sin and experience new life, too; we can experience the risen Christ.
This Easter season, in a worship series called Risen, we are going to look at those themes scripturally and musically. There’s so much great “Easter music” that we can’t sing it all on one Sunday. It’s a good thing we have an entire season.