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Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen Today!

Artist Roman Zacharij created his painting of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in 2008. It is on display at the Berezhany town museum in Berezhany, Ternopil oblast in western Ukraine.

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"We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. As to his death, he died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God. Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as being dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus." (Romans 6:9-11)

Happy Easter! The word "Easter" comes from Old English, meaning 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 proclamation of Easter does not end with Easter Sunday: That is only the beginning. The Easter season, known as Easter Time, is celebrated for 50 days. It culminates with the celebration of Jesus' ascension into heaven, and Pentecost, which marks the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles and birthday of the Church.

This year Easter Sunday is celebrated on March 27. The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is Thursday, May 5, but since it is a moveable feast, it is transferred in many dioceses, including the Diocese of Little Rock, to Sunday, May 8. Pentecost will be celebrated Sunday, May 15.

The greatest of all liturgical seasons, Easter is a time to rest in "the joy of glorified life and the victory over death, expressed most fully in the great resounding cry of the Christian: Alleluia!"