The Schema of Paschaltide
The progression of Paschaltide can be summarized as follows:
Easter Sunday. The feast of the Resurrection. Traditional Easter dinner, etc. (see Customs page).
Easter Monday. The Emmaus Walk, "drenching" and "switching."
Easter Thursday. Commemoration of the departed (Slavic).
Easter Friday. A favorite day for pilgrimages.
Low Sunday. The most privileged Octave-day of the year. First communion for children.
Additional Sundays of Paschaltide:
- Good Shepherd Sunday. A reflection on what it took to make Christ the gentle shepherd of our souls.
- Third Sunday After Easter. An exhortation on how Christ's flock is to conduct itself and an oblique allusion to the Ascension.
- Fourth Sunday After Easter. A description of the meekness and patience of Christ's flock and an explanation of the necessity of the Ascension.
- Fifth Sunday After Easter. The liberty of the New Covenant and its perfection in prayer and the Spirit.
- Monday before Ascension Thursday: Rogation Day. See Rogation Days, etc.
- Tuesday before Ascension Thursday: Rogation Day. See Rogationtide customs.
- Wednesday before Ascension Thursday: Rogation Day.
From Ascension Thursday to Pentecost (the First Novena):
- Ascension Thursday. Forty days after Easter, our Lord ascends into heaven. The Paschal candle is extinguished (see Customs page).
- The Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension. Once called Dominica in Rosa. A joyous preparation for Pentecost (see Customs page).
The Octave of Pentecost
- Pentecost (Whitsunday). Fifty days after Easter, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. One of the three great feasts of the liturgical year.
- Ember Wednesday within the Octave of Pentecost. See Ember Days, etc.
- Ember Friday within the Octave of Pentecost.
- Ember Saturday within the Octave of Pentecost. The end of Paschaltide (after the office of None on Saturday afternoon).
The Meaning of Paschaltide
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