When is Easter 2014, Easter 2014 Dates, Easter Sunday, What Is Easter?

When is Easter 2014? Easter 2014 Dates, Easter Sunday, What Is Easter?

Question: When Is Easter 2014?
Answer: Easter Sunday falls on April 20, 2014.

Easter, the greatest feast day in the Christian calendar, celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

* March 5, 2014 - Ash Wednesday
* April 13, 2014 - Palm Sunday
* April 17, 2014 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday
* April 18, 2014 - Good Friday
* April 20, 2014 - Easter Sunday

Easter - The Greatest Christian Feast

Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar. On this Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Catholics, Easter Sunday comes at the end of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving known as Lent. Through spiritual struggle and self-denial, we have prepared ourselves to die spiritually with Christ on Good Friday, the day of his Crucifixion, so that we can rise again with him in new life on Easter.


Easter - The Fulfillment of Our Faith

Easter is a day of celebration because it represents the fulfillment of our faith as Christians. St. Paul wrote that, unless Christ rose from the dead, our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:17). Through his death, Christ saved mankind from bondage to sin, and he destroyed the hold that death has on all of us; but it is his resurrection that gives us the promise of new life, both in this world and the next.


Easter - The Coming of the Kingdom

That new life began on Easter Sunday. In the Our Father, we pray that "Thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in Heaven." And Christ told his disciples that some of them would not die until they saw the Kingdom of God "coming in power" (Mark 9:1). The early Christian Fathers saw Easter as the fulfillment of that promise. With the resurrection of Christ, God's Kingdom is established on earth, in the form of the Church.


Easter - New Life in Christ

That is why people who are converting to Catholicism traditionally are baptized at the Easter Vigil service, which takes place on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter), starting sometime after sunset. They have usually undergone a long process of study and preparation. Their baptism parallels Christ's own death and resurrection, as they die to sin and rise to new life in the Kingdom of God.


Communion - Our Easter Duty

Because of the central importance of Easter to the Christian faith, the Catholic Church requires that all Catholics who have made their First Communion receive the Holy Eucharist sometime during the Easter season, which lasts through Pentecost, 50 days after Easter. (They should also take part in the Sacrament of Confession before receiving this Easter communion.) This reception of the Eucharist is a visible sign of our faith and our participation in the Kingdom of God. Of course, we should receive Communion as frequently as possible; this "Easter Duty" is simply the minimum requirement set by the Church.


The Easter Homily of St. John Chrysostom

On Easter Sunday, this homily by St. John Chrysostom is read. St. John, one of the Eastern Doctors of the Church, was given the name "Chrysostom," which means "golden-mouthed," because of the beauty of his oratory. We can see some of that beauty on display here, as St. John explains to us how even those who waited until the very last hour to prepare for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday should share in the feast.

If any man be devout and loveth God,

Let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast!

If any man be a wise servant,

Let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord.

If any have laboured long in fasting,

Let him now receive his recompense.

If any have wrought from the first hour,

Let him today receive his just reward.

If any have come at the third hour,

Let him with thankfulness keep the feast.

If any have arrived at the sixth hour,

Let him have no misgivings;

Because he shall in nowise be deprived therefore.

If any have delayed until the ninth hour,

Let him draw near, fearing nothing.

And if any have tarried even until the eleventh hour,

Let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness.

For the Lord, who is jealous of his honour,

Will accept the last even as the first.

He giveth rest unto him who cometh at the eleventh hour,

Even as unto him who hath wrought from the first hour.

And He showeth mercy upon the last,

And careth for the first;

And to the one He giveth,

And upon the other He bestoweth gifts.

And He both accepteth the deeds,

And welcometh the intention,

And honoureth the acts and praises the offering.

Wherefore, enter ye all into the joy of your Lord;

Receive your reward,

Both the first, and likewise the second.

You rich and poor together, hold high festival!

You sober and you heedless, honour the day!

Rejoice today, both you who have fasted

And you who have disregarded the fast.

The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously.

The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away.

Enjoy ye all the feast of faith:

Receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness.

Let no one bewail his poverty,

For the universal Kingdom has been revealed.

Let no one weep for his iniquities,

For pardon has shown forth from the grave.

Let no one fear death,

For the Saviour's death has set us free.

He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it.

By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive.

He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh.

And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry:

Hell, said he, was embittered

When it encountered Thee in the lower regions.

It was embittered, for it was abolished.

It was embittered, for it was mocked.

It was embittered, for it was slain.

It was embittered, for it was overthrown.

It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains.

It took a body, and met God face to face.

It took earth, and encountered Heaven.

It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.

O Death, where is thy sting?

O Hell, where is thy victory?

Christ is risen, and thou art overthrown!

Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!

Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!

Christ is risen, and life reigns!

Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.

For Christ, being risen from the dead,

Is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be glory and dominion

Unto ages of ages.

Amen.


Easter Sunday Observances - Calendar

Weekday

Date

Year

Name

Holiday type

Sun

Apr 06

1980

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 19

1981

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 11

1982

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 03

1983

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 22

1984

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 07

1985

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Mar 30

1986

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 19

1987

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 03

1988

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Mar 26

1989

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 15

1990

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Mar 31

1991

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 19

1992

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 11

1993

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 03

1994

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 16

1995

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 07

1996

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Mar 30

1997

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 12

1998

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 04

1999

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 23

2000

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 15

2001

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Mar 31

2002

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 20

2003

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 11

2004

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Mar 27

2005

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 16

2006

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 08

2007

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Mar 23

2008

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 12

2009

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 04

2010

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 24

2011

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 08

2012

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Mar 31

2013

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 20

2014

Easter Sunday

Observance

Sun

Apr 05

2015

Easter Sunday

Observance


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