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How to… Feast at Easter

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Eastertide lasts for 50 days, compared to the 40 days that span Lent, meaning the celebrations last longer than the fasting. It is good to be a Catholic…

Traditionally, the feast involves heartily enjoying some of those legitimate pleasures we might have denied ourselves (an attitude exemplified in the giving of chocolate eggs to children), along with a lovely Sunday dinner.

Yet the faithful should remember why they feast at Easter. The more they keep Our Lord’s Resurrection in mind, the more their joy should be complete, and there are other aspects to the feast that might assist in this. They include, for instance, the sprinkling of homes with “Easter water” blessed at the Easter Vigil, by showing gratitude to Our Lord in Adoration, or by praying the Divine Mercy Novena (starting on Good Friday).

One of the most simple and beautiful ways to celebrate Easter, however, is for the faithful to unite their Easter alleluias to those of the Virgin Mary and to pray each day throughout the season the Regina Caeli: “O Queen of Heaven, rejoice! Alleluia. For he whom you did merit to bear, Alleluia, has risen as he said. Alleluia!”