The word "Easter" comes from Old English, meaning simply the "East." The sun which rises in the East, bringing light, warmth and hope, is a symbol for the Christian of the rising Christ, who is the true Light of the world. The Paschal Candle is a central symbol of this divine light, which is Christ. It is kept near the ambo throughout Easter Time, and lit for all liturgical celebrations.

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, which is the first full moon occurring either on or after the spring equinox (March 21). As a result, Easter will always fall between March 22 and April 25. This year, Easter is celebrated April 4.

The dates for several other significant celebrations are determined based on the date for Easter: (1) Palm Sunday - the Sunday prior to Easter, (2) Ash Wednesday - the Wednesday before the First Sunday of Lent, (3) the First Sunday of Lent - 6 Sundays before Easter, (4) the Ascension of the Lord - 40 days after Easter (celebrated on the 6th Sunday after Easter), (5) Pentecost - 50 days after Easter (7th Sunday after Easter). 

Please also find PDFs below for each week: (1) a Prayer (Lectio Divina) for the Gospel and (2) Additional Resources from LTP (Liturgy Training Publications). 

Additional online resources from US Conference of Catholic Bishops:


Let us Rejoice and be Glad, for He is Risen, Alleluia! Alleluia!