The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas.
What happened on this day?
Was Jesus’ resurrection a real, historical event?
How does the Church celebrate this day?
Is Easter a pagan holiday?
Here are 8 things you need to know.
1. What happened on Easter?
Among other things:
- The women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body.
- They saw angels, who told them he wasn’t there.
- They went to tell the apostles, who initially didn’t believe them.
- Peter and the beloved disciple rushed to see the tomb and found it empty.
- Mary Magdalen, in particular, had an encounter with the risen Christ.
- So did the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
- So did Peter.
- So did all the apostles except Thomas (who would have one later).
- Jesus had risen from the dead!
To read about the events in the New Testament, you can use these links:
2. Was Jesus’ Resurrection a real, historical event or something else?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:
639 The mystery of Christ’s resurrection is a real event, with manifestations that were historically verified, as the New Testament bears witness.
In about A.D. 56 St. Paul could already write to the Corinthians:
“I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. . .”
The Apostle speaks here of the living tradition of the Resurrection which he had learned after his conversion at the gates of Damascus.