Easter is the central feast in the Christian liturgical year. According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Day or Easter Sunday (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday). The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to have occurred between AD 26 and 36. Easter marks the end of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of the Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 209-10.
- Awake, thou wintry earth—
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
Christ is risen.
- Thomas Blackburn, An Easter Hymn.
- Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right;
Faith and Hope triumphant say
Christ will rise on Easter Day.
- Phillips Brooks, An Easter Carol.
- Ye Heavens, how sang they in your courts,
How sang the angelic choir that day,
When from his tomb the imprisoned God,
Like the strong sunrise, broke away?
- Frederick William Faber, Jesus Risen.
- Hail, Day of days! in peals of praise
Throughout all ages owned,
When Christ, our God, hell's empire trod,
And high o'er heaven was throned.
- Fortunatus (Bishop of Poictiers), Hail, Day of Days! in Peals of Praise.
- Come, ye saints, look here and wonder,
See the place where Jesus lay;
He has burst His bands asunder;
He has borne our sins away;
* Joyful tidings,
Yes, the Lord has risen to-day.
- Thomas Kelly, Come, Ye Saints, Look Here and Wonder.
- 'Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Spanish Student (1843), Act I, scene 3.
- O chime of sweet Saint Charity,
Peal soon that Easter morn
When Christ for all shall risen be,
And in all hearts new-born!
That Pentecost when utterance clear
To all men shall be given,
When all shall say My Brother here,
And hear My Son in heaven!
- James Russell Lowell, Godminster Chimes, Stanza 7.
- In the bonds of Death He lay
Who for our offence was slain;
But the Lord is risen to-day,
Christ hath brought us life again,
Wherefore let us all rejoice,
Singing loud, with cheerful voice,
- Martin Luther, In the Bonds of Death He Lay.
- Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
On the third morning He arose,
Bright with victory o'er his foes.
Sing we lauding,
- Hallelujah! Hallelujah! From the Latin of the 12th Century. J. M. Neale. Trans.
- I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
"At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!"
- Edna Dean Procter, Easter Bells.
- The fasts are done; the Aves said;
The moon has filled her horn
And in the solemn night I watch
Before the Easter morn.
So pure, so still the starry heaven,
So hushed the brooding air,
I could hear the sweep of an angel's wings
If one should earthward fare.
- Edna Dean Procter, Easter Morning.
- Spring bursts to-day,
For Christ is risen and all the earth's at play.
- Christina G. Rossetti, Easter Carol.
- God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.
- Robert South, Sermons, Volume II. Ser. 8.
- Christ is our Passover!
And we will keep the feast
With the new leaven,
The bread of heaven:
All welcome, even the least!
- A. R. Thompson, We Keep the Festival, From the Roman Breviary.
- "Christ the Lord is risen to-day,"
Sons of men and angels say.
Raise your joys and triumphs high;
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.
- Charles Wesley, "Christ the Lord is Risen To-day".
- Jesus Christ is risen to-day,
Our triumphant holy day;
Who did once upon the cross
Suffer to redeem our loss.
- Jesus Christ is Risen To-day. From a Latin Hymn of the 15th Century. Translator unknown.