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Mike Jensen

Easter

Celebrating the Paschal Mystery

The Paschal Cycle comprises three distinct periods: 

  1. Lent, which is the time of preparation
  2. Holy week with the Sacred Triduum
  3. Easter Tide which is a time of great celebration ending with Pentecost

During Easter we focus on:

  1. the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ
  2. and our incorporation in his resurrection by virtue of our baptism.

For a complete list of Lenten offerings including liturgies, learning and outreach opportunities, visit our Events Calendar and check the box for "Easter" in the filter.

Easter Tide

The celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord stretches out over 50 days. It is to be a time of great joy and celebration.

  • Easter Sunday is the culmination of the Easter Triduum. Today we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord. The liturgies on this day are among the most visually splendid of the whole year. 
    • 7:00am    Eucharist at Sunrise with organ, cantor and soloist

    • 9:30am    Eucharist with The Basilica Cathedral Choir, organ, brass

    • Noon        Eucharist with The Basilica Cathedral Choir, organ, brass

    • 4:30pm    Eucharist with Mundus, The Basilica Contemporary Ensemble

  • Ascension of the Lord traditionally celebrated on the 40th day of Easter but transferred to the following Sunday, commemorates Jesus' ascent into heaven and his promise that one day he will return.

  • Pentecost, or the 50th day, is the last day of Easter tide. It is the day when we commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and celebrate the birth of the church.