Jesus is risen!
The Son of God, who died for our sins, is resurrected.
On Easter, Catholics in the Diocese of Allentown and around the world come together to rejoice, and to open their hearts to each other as Jesus opened his heart for us.
Easter is always a time of hope, and perhaps even more so this year, amid hopeful signs that the pandemic is lifting.
Last Easter, public attendance at Mass was prohibited to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. We had to celebrate at home.
This year, churches in the Diocese are open, with precautions like masks and social distancing. In-person attendance at Mass is growing steadily, as people grow more comfortable in public settings. Livestream Masses continue for those unable to attend.
The Easter celebration that starts today continues for eight days, called the Octave of Easter. It ends next week on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11.
That also is the day that the Diocese of Allentown will begin the Year of the Real Presence, a special time in parishes and schools around the Diocese. It will celebrate the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, and will enable parishioners to rejoice in the gift of being present with their brothers, sisters, and clergy at Mass.
The celebration will coincide with the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese.