Easter 2018

Easter 2018

The liturgical season of Easter, spanning from the Easter Vigil through Pentecost Sunday, is the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection from the dead, his Ascension into heaven, and his sending the Holy Spirit upon the Church. The 50-day season is characterized by the joy of glorified life and Christ’s victory over death.

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. (USCCB)

Key Dates


Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Indeed, he is risen! Celebrate Christ’s Resurrection by reading or reciting the Proclamation of Easter, the Exsultet.

Easter Mass | 11 AM | Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament


Divine Mercy Sunday

During the course of Jesus' revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy, He asked on numerous occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter.


The Ascension of the Lord

The Ascension of Our Lord, which occurred 40 days after Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter, is the final act of our redemption that Christ began on Good Friday. On this day, the risen Christ ascended bodily into Heaven (Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11).


Vigil Mass of Pentecost

Join Archbishop Allen Vigneron in the solemn celebration of the Vigil Mass of Pentecost. The Mass will be an opportunity for intense prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Archdiocese of Detroit.

Vigil Mass | 7 PM | Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament


Pentecost Sunday

Easter season concludes with Pentecost Sunday. It is celebrated 50 days after Easter and marks the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles.